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REALLY SideTracked - Burwell Tramway Terminus

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Hidden : 04/07/2020
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Geocache Description:

This cache celebrates the terminus of the Burwell Tramway (a light railway, not a tram system) which was a 2.5 mile (4.0 km) standard gauge industrial railway running from the Ely to Newmarket line (between Fordham and Soham), just south of the A1123 road (formrly the B1085) which runs from Soham to Wicken.

It catered for various village industries just north of Burwell Lode (the waterway linking Burwell to the Great Ouse River), serving the chemical (fertiliser) works (marked ‘chemical manure works’ on the map) as well as the nearby brickworks (which used the local Gault clay to make typical 'white' Burwell bricks). This old image shows the track running near the brickworks:



Neither the fertilser nor the brick company survive. The tramway also served a cement works and local fruit growers and farmers and this map of 1924 shows the terminus and sidings:

The terminus (as shown on the comparative maps below) was at the fertiliser works:

The line existed at least by 1900, and was closed in 1971. This image shows the tracks  (with concrete sleepers) still there at the terminus outside the fertiliser works in 1971, and the building in the centre is probably the engine shed, with the terminus building to the left:

The engine shed and the terminus building as they survive today (2020):

The line of the trackbed looking towards Soham:

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