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The line ran from Yarmouth and Norwich to Lynn, and thence to Peterborough, Wisbech, Spalding, and Bourne, via Sutton Bridge. The lines east of Lynn were leased to the Great Northern and Midland Companies; the Great Northern and Midland jointly worked from Sutton Bridge to Bourne, via Spalding, the Midland to Peterborough, via Wisbech. The western section from Lynn to Norwich and Yarmouth, 101 miles long, was worked by the company.
1881 The various lines were all merged into one, when the Act for the connecting link was obtained, under the title of Eastern and Midlands Railway
1893 As from July 1st, the Eastern and Midlands Railway became the property of the Midland Railway and Great Northern Railway companies. The railway was managed by a joint committee appointed by the two companies, who have equal rights in the undertaking. . From this time it was known as the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway.