Whilst looking for a place to spot Freight coming up from Felixstowe in 2014, I decided that the station in the village of Trimley St Mary would offer some great views of traffic coming up from the docks. On visiting this small Station for the first time, I loved the location, however was perplexed at how the station building was in such a state of dis-repair. It was then I decided to find out more, and stumbled upon a community effort to re-instate the building as a community hub.
Delving deeper into the history of the station, I learnt that the duel platform station did indeed have a working ticket office up to 1967, and had a working signal box up until 1988. Signal control is now carried out from Colchester. The view east towards Felixstowe is shown below, where a class 66 is hauling an intermodal service, and a Abellio Greater Anglia service is leaving towards Felixstowe. A further picture shows another intermodal service heading towards Felixstowe from the Footbridge overlooking the level crossing.
What I have not photographed (rather surprisingly) is the station building, which is a fantastic example of a “new Essex Style” building, and according to the Trimley station website is “one of only two to be built outside of Essex”. It was conceived by the architect WN Ashbee, who also designed the station at Felixstowe.
Only Platform one can be accessed now. The level crossing is monitored by CCTV and is fully automatic. The footbridge really only acts as a short cut should the barriers be down, but does offer great views both east and west along the line, particularly west, where you can get great photos of the freight approaching the station.
Many walks can be found around the station, one especially which follows the line down to the Port of Felixstowe, very pleasant on a nice day. A pub (the Mariners Freehouse) is a 15 minute walk away, and serves a very nice lunch (go up station road, turn left and keep on going!), as well as a newsagent at the same location which provides the usual snacks. A link to the Pub website is here :
I highly recommend this location, as you can jump on a train to Ipswich the same day and view the Freightliner depot, as well as sample the delights of this small village and its station.
Please visit the Trimley Station Community Trust website to know more, they can be found at :
Videos of my time at Trimley can be found on my YouTube channel, Click the link below. Thanks for reading, I’ll blog again soon.