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This is one of the UK's newest railway museums, opened in 2021. It encases an earlier building and combines a cultural centre. You can see the earlier building through the glass; it's not a reflection. Where is it?
This town has no rail service today but formerly had two competing lines, as shown in this 1950s OS map [now unmasked]. Where is it?
Answer: Wisbech. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: David Goddard, Richard Maund, Dave Goodyear, Paul Hopper.
The Great Eastern opened first, in 1848, at Wisbech East station (to the south!) on their March - King's Lynn line. The Midland & Great Northern Joint followed in 1866 at Wisbech North. The river Nene is a considerable barrier in The Fenland, and neither line attempted to cross it.
The Wisbech-Upwell Tramway departed the GE line as highlighted on the above map. This quirky hybrid tramway/heavy-rail line lasted until 1964 and its traction was the inspiration for Rev. Awdrey's "Toby the Tram Engine". (He was Rector at nearby Elsworth).
The Wisbech Canal was previously the original course of the Nene, and ran parallel to the tramway to Outwell. It has since been abandoned and built over by a dual carriageway, as shown in the modern map. The red "X"s mark the station locations.
Trackage from March to Wisbech is still in place, but out of use. A group is endeavouring to revive the Bramley Line.
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