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Retro sign installed at Norfolk railway station

New signage has been installed at Brundall Gardens Station echoing elements of the 1920s sign

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[L to R] Gillian Lincoln, Martin Halliday, Greg Chandler, and Phil Hogg

Train operating company Greater Anglia has recently unveiled new retro-style signage at its Brundall Gardens station in Norfolk. The new sign offers a fresh new look with a “nod to the past”.

The station has been cared for by adopter and nearby resident Greg Chandler who has taken care of the site for almost 20 years, earning him and the station special awards such as a special wildlife friendly accreditation.

The station has received significant investment from Greater Anglia in recent months, leading to resurfaced platforms and a new lighting scheme. The work has led to new station name signs known in the rail industry as Running in Boards.

New signage has been constructed by Chandler and his son who collaborated on the frames and mahogany architrave needed for the boards. The installation was then completed with the assistance of project delivery site manager for Greater Anglia, Phil Hogg.

Chandler comments: “I’ve wanted to reinstate the traditional Running in Boards at the station for several years, having seen them pictured in old photographs. 

Brundall Gardens Halt signage circa 1960 (Graham Kenworthy Collection)

“They are a modern take on the original signage, and I am grateful to Phil Hogg at Greater Anglia for his assistance in installing them and to the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership for providing the funding.”

The Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership runs the historic “Wherry Lines” which run from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. 

The Greater Anglia website states: “The name of the lines pays tribute to the famous Broads trading wherries which played an important historical role in the transport of goods and people before road and rail transport became widespread.”

Both Chandler and fellow station adopter Gillian Lincoln have adopted and worked on preserving the station, overseeing an array of planting that support bees and butterflies.

Martin Halliday, Wherry Lines community rail development officer, adds: “We were delighted to assist Greg with funding for new signage at Brundall Gardens. Based upon original designs from the 1920s, these splendid additions include a modern element that will make them more friendly for passengers. 

“We are continually looking to improve station signage across the area and where possible incorporating larger signs which are also helpful for those with dementia.”

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