Size: 10ft x 8ft
L shaped two level station and scenic section. Not currently available for exhibitions.
“Shipden” is one of Norfolk’s lost villages and now only exists on old maps. It lies about 1.5 miles North East of Cromer and disappeared into the sea long before any railways were built.
The village never fell into the sea but survives as a fishing/seaside resort on the Norfolk coastline. Next to Shipden is a hill which sticks out to sea, this is called Ketts Hill, after the leader of the Farmers Rebellion, the locals call it the hump. The Hump is reached along Harris’ Lane, from the south.
There are two stations at Shipden: Shipden High was built by the Great Eastern Railway and arrived from a Southerly direction and shows a truncated branch line the original station being at the other end of the town. Shipden Beach was built by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, as part of it’s foray into East Anglia to access any business it could from the Great Eastern. It also carried holiday makers from the Midlands via it's line from Melton Constable. The railway arrived from the west and connected with other seaside towns such as Mundesley.
British Railways “modernised” the railways of East Anglia by closing many miles of low income branch lines and duplicate routes.
Shipden High was closed and a supermarket built on the original station site. Beach was run down with only one platform being used by multiple units. Traffic continued to decline until closure was threatened. At this time, many locals and some preservationists were stirred into action and all the remaining railway land was bought by the group. They named themselves the “Shipden Beach Preservation Society” (SBPS). The SBPS now run the railway as a tourist attraction and have managed to build a link between Beach and a new High Station. Shipden High has been transformed with the new link arriving from the south west and a new “old Style” station building being built across what remained of the old branch line. Photos in due course.