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"It's used by less than two thousand passengers a year."

The grammar pedants of DG have failed in our work.

*goes off to sob into a dictionary in a darkened room*

Brilliant post DG!

You have to speak to the driver or guard if you want to get off, so how do you manage if you want to get on?

Wonderful - it makes me want to take the day off and go there now!

(Was going to mention Coot Club but Greg beat me to it)

The "old sign" is actually rather new (certainly younger than 20 years), although modelled on the old one, which was removed in a pointless act of corporate vandalism/rebranding, I THINK, just before privatization - so the "Regional Railways" section of BR were presumably to blame. The old sign was the same style as the new old one, but splendidly was accompanied by a latter, chained to it for unknown decades, and an oil lamp.

But tis a magnificent place. Braydon Water nearby (or, rather, between there and Yarmouth) is a wild stretch of water to sail across thougyh.

erm, oops, "ladder", not "latter". I really should proof-read before I post. Sorry

the National Rail fairies have been and extensively documented the station for their Stations Made Easy site: You can even plan a route!

To get on I assume you have to take your bloomers off and wave them at the train driver like in the Railway Children.

I remember coming to the pub by boat many, many years ago. Always wanted to go back.

Happy memories of mooring by the pub many years ago. The ceiling was covered in old fishing nets and they had some strings behind the bar from which they could lower large rubber spiders through the nets.

Got a splendid shriek from one of the girls in the party. Wonder if they still have them

Well done Martin, I was going to look if they had been there!

DG I love the Broads, and was lucky enough to spend much of my time at University studying them.

I've been on trains that have stopped there a few times (always at weekends) and every time someone has got on or off. I plan to go for a walk from there in future too. Look forward to hearing your report tomorrow.

I suspect the usage figures are mis-leading as they take into account those that bought a ticket to that station only. I suspect most buy perhaps a ticket to Great Yarmouth, get off at Berney Arms (breaking their outward journey there) and then return from Great Yarmouth. Such users don't get recorded as having used the station as Berney Arms is not the destination on their ticket.

As to how you get on, this is a request stop which is actually quite common in more rural areas (I've got on at a few request stops myself). The train will slow as it approaches and sound the horn. You then simply hail the train like you would a bus and the driver will then stop the train for you to get on.

Fantastic post DG - love this kind of random destination!

It is this kind of gem that makes me come back to this blog every day.

Thank very much, although I will never go myself.

I am adding this to the list of places I want to visit. Great post.

I swear I put a smiley on the end of my comment this morning...

Were you on the train that passed Berney Arms at about 11ish, Mr Geezer? I was one of the daytrippers on that train and was pleasantly surprised when I got to Norwich and realised that the last leg of the trip was going that way. We used to take the train to Yarmouth at the start of our summer holiday most years, and slowly passing this strange sign in the middle of nowhere was the signal that we were nearly there. I'd never seen anyone waiting on the platform before though; I'm feeling slightly jealous that I didn't get off now.

Surely the only reason for the station is to serve the pub and the only reason for the pub is for people waiting for a train!

@Matt: I love to hear about these random almost-sightings of DG; or when commenters say things like "We must have arrived just after DG left."

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