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Written by Robert Keith - 10 Sep 2011
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Location notes
Great Yarmouth is an ancient fishing town on the East coast in Greater Anglia. The town also plays host to many holiday-makers and tourists.
It is a fine example of typical British 'seasides'.
The nearest city is probably Norwich, which is the origin / destination for train services to and from this station. The station is at the end of the 'Wherry Line' between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
The station was clearly designed, built and opened for a very large number of people to use as a major terminus, mainly for holiday makers. Perhaps, since the increase in people who take holidays abroad and the ever rapidly increasing number of people driving to holiday destinations now, the station has a sad and decaying dilapidated atmosphere. With 4 platforms where only one or two are regularly used and a whole host of very much disused carriage sidings, the station is an example of heritage and bygone days.
The website dedicated to the Wherry Lines gives a great deal more information.
Railway type and traffic
The station usually only sees local DMU services from Norwich. These services are formed of class 156, class 153 and class 170 units.
Some summer services have been through services to London via Norwich. These are operated by locomotive hauled MkIII coaches and will usually be a class 47 dragging a class 90.
There is no freight on the Wherry Lines, but the seasonal RHTT trains visit the location and are usually operated by DRS locos.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Great Yarmouth Station
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Upon arriving at the station and making your way on to the streets, you will probably find yourself very confused! You will by no means be given the impression that you are in fact in a Norfolk seaside town. You are more than advised to have planned your walking route to the seafront or whichever part of the town you are planning to visit. The area is built up and feels reasonably safe. The station has a ticket office which is relatively new and therefore actually is staffed for a fair amount of the day.
Road directions
The station is accessible from the A47. In fact, when travelling from the Norwich direction, you will find yourself running parallel with the railway for almost the whole distance between Acle and Great Yarmouth!

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Great Yarmouth Station map co-ordinates
You can leave your car in the designated parking spaces. There is a charge for this which at the time of writing is around the £3 mark depending upon whether you are paying during peak or off peak. Prices being just under £3 for off peak parking and just over £3 for peak.
Public transport
Local train services from Norwich.

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Toilets and a waiting area are provided on the station concourse, which is clearly designed for a far larger amount of customers than the station actually gets. The best thing to do is to walk to the seafront and buy some chips from the many various shops and stands which offer this, and have a real British 'fish and chips by the sea' type meal. If you are planning on spending the whole day on the station, however, bring a packed lunch!
Asda is also opposite the station.
There are numerous hotels and guest houses located around the Great Yarmouth area, for the holiday-makers and tourists who regularly visit the area. Why not stop at Lingwood a few stations down the line, quite literally at the station!
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Great Yarmouth Station

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Great Yarmouth Station general view map
Great Yarmouth Station close up map

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Great Yarmouth Station

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Photographic notes
The lighting at the station is good at most times of the day. The station is in a very flat and open area, therefore there are no real obstructions to low lighting. You will find that trains mainly depart from platform 2 anyway, which is ideal for you if you stand on platform 3/4.

General views - All photographs © Robert Keith unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Location Video

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