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From: "Ian Hunter" <>
Subject: RE: It was 40 years ago today...
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 11:06:53 -0000
Yes, it was Beeching and it was the Crab & Winkle line. It WAS
instrumented by A. C. Wilkin of the Britannia Fruit Preserving Co.
Ltd.(as it was then known) and opened in 1904. ACW wanted a fast route
to get his preserves into London and the railway was the best idea at
the time. It was affectionately known as the Crab & Winkle because of
the wares transported from Tollesbury.
When the passenger service was closed down in May 1951 a black coffin
was stood on Tiptree station in mourning. Various parts of the line
closed over the years until 1962 when it was finally closed up until
which point only the jam factory were using it.
I believe you can still walk at least part of the line, but for how much
longer with the increase in building - who knows?
Ian Pubby Hunter
Essex Pubs at: http://www.essexpubs.net
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From: Colleen [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2003 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: It was 40 years ago today...
I remember him! What a rotter! He did so much damage to rural
Essex and elsewhere in England. But I'm not surprised, I saw the man on
once and he swore that he spent his whole life fasting. He said that he
ate once every three days or so and he felt this was good for him. He
obviously demented and I suppose he thought he'd take out his mania on
rural lot. Didn't Beecham (or was it Beeching?) snuff it in his early
hope so! I wonder, does anyone know how many railway lines that vandal
destroyed? I think each redundant line should have a plaque blaming him
What do your know about the history of the Cockle and Winkle line, Ian?
sure I remember reading that Wilkinson, of the jam factory, was
in getting the line laid on, but that can't be right, or why would it be
called the Cockle and Winkle Railway? There are still remnants of it in
around Tiptree, aren't there? I'm sure I have a book somewhere which
that its still possible to walk along the railway tracks of the Cockle
Winkle. Is that right?
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