Orwell railway station

Derby Road (Ipswich) railway station

Derby Road railway station is a railway station serving the Rose Hill area of Ipswich in Suffolk. The station is situated on the Ipswich-Felixstowe line. In the eighties there were rail served coal and scrapyards here, but these have now closed. There were also rail served factories to the south-east serving Crane's and Ransome Simms & Jefferies, also now removed.

The station is served by National Express East Anglia. All services are operated by diesel multiple units of Classes 153, 156 and occasionally 170.


Trams from Ipswich Cornhill used to arrive at the back of the station (in fact there was a horse tram shed at the side of the still existing Railway Hotel). Services ran to Felixstowe either from Ipswich or from Derby Road at busy times from a platform now covered by fencing belonging to the car sales company. Also a siding used to run behind the up platform and rolling stock was still stored there until the 1970s. The gent's toilet on the up platform was closed in the early 1980s. The signal box was removed in the late 1990s and the original up platform shelter was demolished in 2005 following years of vandalism. Part of the goods yard is now the garden/playground of Rose Hill School. Two Victorian Coal Merchants offices were removed in the early 1990s. The bridge under Derby Road was rebuilt in 2003 to take the higher containers from Felixstowe Docks. The temporary footbridge erected at this time is still extant although disused.


There is an hourly service daily to Ipswich westbound and Felixstowe eastbound. Passengers for London Liverpool Street can change trains at Ipswich

Between previous station 'Derby Road' and 'Trimley' was a station called 'Orwell'. Now closed, but the station house is occupied and can be glimpsed through the trees especially after dark when it can look quite eerie. The Orwell Goods yard is also fairly obvious as a large clearing in the forest just south of the old station.

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