Diss railway station

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Diss National Rail
Diss
BR standard class 7 70013 Oliver Cromwell approaching
Location
PlaceDiss
Local authoritySouth Norfolk
Grid referenceTM127796
Operations
Station codeDIS
Managed byGreater Anglia
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05Increase 314,136
2005/06Increase 325,533
2006/07Increase 417,857
2007/08Increase 551,781
2008/09Increase 559,544
2009/10Decrease 539,234
2010/11Increase 600,904
2011/12Increase 615,010
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Diss from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Diss National Rail
Diss
BR standard class 7 70013 Oliver Cromwell approaching
Location
PlaceDiss
Local authoritySouth Norfolk
Grid referenceTM127796
Operations
Station codeDIS
Managed byGreater Anglia
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05Increase 314,136
2005/06Increase 325,533
2006/07Increase 417,857
2007/08Increase 551,781
2008/09Increase 559,544
2009/10Decrease 539,234
2010/11Increase 600,904
2011/12Increase 615,010
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Diss from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Diss is a railway station which serves the town of Diss in Norfolk, England. The station is on the Great Eastern Main Line 20 miles (32 km) south of Norwich towards London Liverpool Street. The station, and all trains serving it, are currently operated by Greater Anglia.

History[edit]

The station at Diss was proposed by the Ipswich and Bury Railway as part of their route to Norwich. Such were the changes in the railway industry that in 1847 the Ipswich and Bury Railway became part of the Eastern Union Railway, which started operating in 1849.

The Eastern Union Railway became part of the Eastern Counties Railway in 1854, which amalgamated with several other railways to form the Great Eastern Railway (GER) in 1862.[1]

In 1873 there was an accident at Diss when a goods and passenger train collided in fog injuring four passengers.[2]

In 1883 the signal box opened (possibly replacing an earlier structure?).[3]

Following the Grouping the GER amalgamated with other railways to form the London & North Eastern Railway.

In 1948 following nationalisation of the railways, Diss station became part of the Eastern Region of British Railways.

In 1985 the line through Diss station was electrified to the 25,000 volts overhead system and the following year electrically hauled services commenced. At the same time the signal box was abolished as power signalling was introduced to the area.

In 1994 the railways were privatised and the operation of the tracks passed to Railtrack whilst the operation of the station and train services passed to Anglia Railways (1997-2004), National Express East Anglia (2004-2012) and Greater Anglia (2012–present).

Following the collapse of Railtrack in 2002 operation of the infrastructure passed to Network Rail.

Historic Train Services[edit]

as well as the express services between London Liverpool Street and Norwich a local all stations service also called at Diss serving local stations such as Mellis railway station, Burston and Tivetshall

The local service was withdrawn on 7 November 1966 when the smaller stations were closed.

Facilities[edit]

A goods yard was located on the up (eastern) side of the line equipped with a goods shed for the loading and unloading of goods as well as cattle pens.[4] Up until the 1880s the Scole Estate Railway (an agricultural railway which extended for 7 miles and had two engines[5] ) had a connection into the station yard.[6]

In 2013 the station has a waiting room on each platform; toilets on the London side (Platform 1). It has a ticket office, and ticket machines for when the ticket office is closed, one located on each platform.

The old station master's house, which is part of the station and mostly the station's upstairs accommodation, is currently being used by one of the town's taxi companies.

Its postcode is IP22 4HN.

Current Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at Diss:

On summer Saturdays there is a direct service to and from Great Yarmouth.

Preceding stationNational Rail National RailFollowing station
Greater Anglia
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Great Eastern Railway
Line open, station closed
Anglia Railways

References[edit]

  1. ^ Great Eastern Railway Pages 234 - 239 by Cecil J Allen (Ian Allan 1955) ISBN 07110 0659 8
  2. ^ Walsh, Bernard (July 1997). "Diss Letter". Great Eastern Journal 91: 45. 
  3. ^ Kenworthy, Graham (January 1997). "Diss Station". Great Eastern Journal 87: 29. 
  4. ^ Kenworthy, Graham (January 1997). "Diss Station". Great Eastern Journal 87: 29. 
  5. ^ The Foxearth and District Local History Society. "Book reviews". Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Kenworthy, Graham (January 1997). "Diss Station". Great Eastern Journal 87: 28. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°22′26″N 1°07′26″E / 52.374°N 1.124°E / 52.374; 1.124