What do you know about Manningtree North Junction?

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  1. Eshonbel

    Eshonbel Member

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    Hello! I'm quite interested about Manningree North Junction (connection the Mayflower line to the GEML Ipswich bound). What do you know about it :)
     
  2. mrredrunner100

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    It's primarily used by freight trains with passenger services very few times a day in the early morning and late evenings. I personally have never been on it but I know one of the passenger services is the 07:18 at mistly (starts at harwich international) and goes to Cambridge. Mainly services that use it go to and from harwich international/Cambridge/Peterborough. But really that's it and all other times you would have to change at Manningtree station, but it is only used for freight and minimal passenger (only a few per day)

    I live in Manningtree with a clear view of the junction and the mayflower line
     
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    Used to see trains through to Glasgow up to the mid 1980s, then Liverpool or Birmingham using 156s and latterly 158s ("The Loreley"/"Vincent Van Gogh") up until privatisation.
     
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    You might have a clear view but your clock is slow ;) - it is the 08.02 from Mistley (07.50 from Harwich International) to Cambridge that goes via the North curve.

    Just 4 passenger trains a day to / from Harwich International. The class 321s that run ECS between Parkeston CS and Ipswich run via Manningtree station to keep the first class at the London End. Other than that - a few freights, but there is the very long high output ballast cleaner that is based at Parkeston at the moment to add to the excitement.
     
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    It is quite nice to be able to see the tracks, isn't it? I have view of the Mayflower Line right outside my house and I can see the Ipswich GEML in the distance. Often when I hear the trains I run to see them and I check where they are too/from on my AGA ticket app. I have seen some interesting trains.
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    Only yesterday I heard the ballast cleaner. We went to our garden and saw it pass-it was quite amazing. I see a lot of freight trains (like the regular Petroleum Carless)that come in from Ipswich and use the north junction into the Mayflower Line. I never get a good look at the junction though, whenever I pass it my train is going too fast but it looks cool. I have a kind of 'bucket' list for branch lines and trains to go on with my dad; I would like to go to Cambridge from Mistley or something but we hardly ever use Mistley.
     
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    thats the one i mean! ;) my mum got it the other day to get to cambridge. and thats the big yellow thing i see pass! i had a feeling it was ballast related but never exactly sure what it does :D


    yeah it is, i see the mayflower line at the end of my road and then to see the main line i just need to go to the other side of the house and i can see it over the river. i will probably end up doing it one day but not sure when :D
     
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    I've used it, both from Mistley on the Scotland trains in the 80s and more recently on a Harwich bound train from Ipswich (which kindly put an extra stop in at Mistley to drop me off as the power was off so nothing was running to Manningtree).

    My memory of the train in the 80s was at Peterborough the guard saying "Passengers for Edinburgh can save five hours by changing here." That and thinking that it was rather a long train for Mistley as only half of it fitted on the platform.
     
  9. Eshonbel

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    The player seems to refuse to work :(

    Does anyone know anything else about it? I'm really curious.
     
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    The East Anglian Film Archive have all sorts of marvellous stuff, not just on railways.

    The link referred to is also available on a cd which accompanies a book on Manningtree station written by David Cleveland. As you appear to live in Manningtree pop into Townsends in the High St to see if they still have any copies. It has a blue cover with the cd inside.
     
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    i think i have that book somewhere
     
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    Following points failure at Manningtree in 2005 (they where set for the branch) I took the 20:30 Liv.St to Norwich to Mistley, changed ends & brought the set loco leading via the North Curve. Only 25 late & S&T where still not on site as we pulled into Ipswich.

    Sadly with the loss of the proper boat trains we no longer sign the Harwich Branch so would now have no choice but to sit it out at Manningtree.
     
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    Surely if you could get a colleague who signs the Harwich branch + North Curve to route conduct it would be possible?
     
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    A very interesting film I passed through late last year and it has not really changed a lot , a busy place and the trip down the branch to Harwich is a good journey.Thanks for posting this item ,on my return I saw an oil train heading towards Harwich with LU branding.
     
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    Then it would be fine but a short notice i would have to hope for a colleague travelling pass onboard.
     
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