SideTracked 10th Anniversary - Marks Tey
Thursday, 10 August 2017
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SideTracked Day 2017 - 10th Anniversary at Marks Tey
August 10th is the date we celebrate Side Tracked day and this little event is just a little way up the line at a newly constructed footbridge.
The event is from 0730hrs - 0800hrs
A little bit of history
The station opened in 1843 for services on the Great Eastern Main Line, and the Sudbury branch line followed in 1849. From that date until 1889 the station was known as Marks Tey Junction. The branch line is only accessible to trains travelling from Colchester "up" towards London.
The opening of the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway off the Sudbury branch in 1860 and the extension of the branch beyond Sudbury via the Stour Valley Railway in 1865 to Cambridge added importance to Marks Tey as a junction, allowing through-trains from Colchester.
These passenger services were gradually cut back and the closure of the Sudbury to Cambridge link in March 1967 saw the end of through running.
An 1897 survey shows sidings on the "up" side at the Colchester end of the main line platform but the main concentration of sidings including a goods shed and a turntable are on the "down" side at the Colchester end primarily servicing the branch line.
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