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Lowestoft Railway and Harbour Co

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1844 Samuel Morton Peto purchased the Somerleyton Estate, near Lowestoft, and promoted the idea of constructing a railway from Lowestoft to Reedham, where it would have a triangular junction to join the Yarmouth and Norwich line. Something also needed to be done to improve the harbour at Lowestoft, which was falling into disrepair.

Peto personally acquired Lowestoft Harbour

1845 Parliament passed the Act authorising the company to build the line and improve the harbour.

1845 The line was leased by the Norfolk Railway

1847 The line opened.

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