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Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby M&GN » 02 Mar 2020, 11:30

The new railway siding going in beside the Middleton line is where sidings were up until the 60's ( mainly used for coaching stock ). I remember these being called " Cally" by signalmen and others which I think was short for California sidings. Can anyone confirm this please and perhaps throw some light on where the name came from?
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby supergt1971 » 02 Mar 2020, 20:17

The new siding does not run in the same orientation as the old wagon yard,for some reason they have mirrored it to the Middleton branch. The old yard,i think,was open from Exton's end,this one is single ended even though we asked for it to be double ended but enough land has been left to install a second siding so future proofing this glorified car park.
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby M&GN » 03 Mar 2020, 10:00

supergt1971 wrote:The new siding does not run in the same orientation as the old wagon yard,for some reason they have mirrored it to the Middleton branch. The old yard,i think,was open from Exton's end,this one is single ended even though we asked for it to be double ended but enough land has been left to install a second siding so future proofing this glorified car park.


The yard you are referring to was Extons Road sidings alongside the Ely line which survived much later than the ones I mean. These were parallel to the Dereham line and I think they may have been abandoned even before the Passenger Yard box closed. I have seen them referred to as " Dereham Sidings" but also remember the name "Cally" ( which might have been a local term for some reason).

Does anyone have 6" OS map of this area which should show them and may give a clue to the name
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby EWW » 03 Mar 2020, 10:37

You can see the layout of both sets of sidings on here.

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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby supergt1971 » 03 Mar 2020, 14:36

Quite a bit before my time,never seen that map myself and not something that has ever been talked about in discussions about Lynn's past that i've heard. Good to see the railway's going forward again putting stuff back that's originally been taken out!
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby M&GN » 03 Mar 2020, 14:53

EWW wrote:You can see the layout of both sets of sidings on here.

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Many thanks for map extract - a good reference.
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby EWW » 03 Mar 2020, 15:48

When we were kids and naughty little boys we used to climb into the carriages along the Dereham as if we were train robbers in the
films we saw at the Saturday morning pictures at the Majestic. Your uncle was one of us Super. :-D
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby supergt1971 » 03 Mar 2020, 16:55

Not something to be recommended nowadays EW as that person in Norwich found out to his cost last week.
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Postby EWW » 03 Mar 2020, 17:18

Very True Super. please get on to uncle Rex and tell not to lead me astray again. :D
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby Tresagreen » 28 Mar 2020, 18:13

Further to your enquiry to the Mid-Norfolk Railway at the start of the month, I've at last got a lead from a former MNR volunteer who had a chat with a friend. He writes...
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There was a siding known as Cally's but we are not sure which one; I'm
suspecting it might have been the public delivery siding, if so that was
two roads [tracks] over from the current bay platform but that's a guess.

Cally was a greengrocer in town and he had a brother in Great Ryburgh;
apparently his son still lives in Stone Road, Toftwood.

He used to have some land on the old Avenue House site which was
swallowed up by the Dereham A47 Bypass in the seventies, it sat between
the two flyovers, the one with the level crossing and the other is the
other side of Roy's.

Cally meet with a rather tragic end which is proberbly when the railway
vegitage traffic ended.

He used to have massive bonfires at Avenue House, and one day he throw
some petrol on the fire to get it going, but unfortunately it blow back
and exploded and set him on fire, and fatally killed him, so not a very
happy end to the story.
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From the first para, he's suggesting the siding (in the singular) was that which I've arrowed on the attached map
of Dereham Sta and surroundings. Beware copyright on the original map if you need to use it in anything commercial!!
I hope this helps - if anything further crops up I'll let you know.

With best wishes,

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Head of Heritage & Education Team,
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby EWW » 28 Mar 2020, 18:21

Are they talking about the Lynn sidings, or the ones that are in Dereham in that reply. Or am I missing something?
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby Tresagreen » 28 Mar 2020, 18:41

Sorry forgot the map :roll:

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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby Tresagreen » 28 Mar 2020, 19:02

Don't tell me I have the wrong information ....again EW :(
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby EWW » 28 Mar 2020, 20:43

Just looked on google maps and that is definitely Dereham. No commertial road by the tracks in Lynn.
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Re: Lynn Railway - California Sidings

Postby Tresagreen » 28 Mar 2020, 20:57

Just a coincidence, there were two Cally Sidings then :(
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