Living at South Town Station

Recollections of Ann O'Brien

My Grandfather, W.H.Bailey, was the Station Master at South Town and Vauxhall stations, retiring in 1927 just six months before I was born. The living quarters was a large flat over the station buildings at South Town. My mother, who is now 94 but with a wonderful memory, can remember staying there either just before or just after she married. She can remember it was a spacious flat with a large wash-house at ground level and there was quite a big garden to one side. There must have been a lovely view as the windows looked out on to the bridge.
I was born at St.Olaves, my father being a railway clerk at Haddiscoe. In 1932, father was appointed Station Master at Navenby in Lincolnshire and it was really only then that I can remember our railway travels.
About every two years we spent our holidays at Hemsby so when we finally arrived at Yarmouth we transferred to Beach station for the last lap.
Mother remembered the network that served the quays - small engines always going at walking speed. I remember being taken by an aunt when I was quite small to see the Scottish fisher girls who salted and packed the herring catch into barrels.