Great Eastern Railway

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The Great Eastern Railway (GER) was a pre-grouping British railway company, whose main line linked London to Norwich and had various other lines through East Anglia. The company was grouped into the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923.

Overview

The GER was formed in 1862 as an amalgamation of the Eastern Counties Railway; and also with several other smaller railways: Norfolk Railway, the Eastern Union Railway, the Newmarket Railway, the Harwich Railway, the East Anglian Light Railway and the East Suffolk Railway; amongst others. In 1902 the Northern and Eastern Railway also joined the GER.

Among the principal towns served from its London terminus at London Liverpool Street by the GER were Southend-on-Sea, Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Yarmouth, Norwich and Cambridge, besides many of the East Anglian coast seaside resorts. It also served a busy suburban traffic area.

It was grouped with other railways to form the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923. The GER had owned over 1200 miles of line.

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Major constituent railway companies of the London and North Eastern Railway:

Great Central | Great Eastern | Great Northern | Great North of Scotland | Hull & Barnsley | North British | North Eastern

(Full list of constituents)

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