Branch Lines to Maldon
The ancient town of Maldon on the River Blackwater in Essex was served by two branch lines which enjoyed vastly differing fortunes. The initial scheme, the Maldon, Witham & Braintree Railway, authorised in 1846 to develop the former harbour and encourage the flow of agricultural traffic and coal, was absorbed by the Eastern Counties Railway who deceitfully promised dividends of 8 to 10 per cent. The line opened to traffic in October 1848 but no effort was made to deepen the Blackwater. Following the formation of the Great Eastern Railway in 1862, improvements were made to the Maldon branch over the years, leading to an increase in population as industry was encouraged. Then, in 1883, the GER promoted their ‘New Essex Lines’ scheme, constructing railways from Shenfield to Southend with a branch from Wickford to Southminster – from whence another branch ran from Woodham Ferrers to Maldon. This second branch to Maldon opened in October 1889, but through services were limited to one train in each direction on Saturdays and were withdrawn in 1895. Whilst traffic continued to grow on the Witham to Maldon East branch, the same could not be said of the new line. The London & North Eastern Railway initially persevered, but despite costcutting measures admitted defeat and withdrew the passenger services from Woodham Ferrers soon after the outbreak of World War Two, the line remaining open for freight between Maldon East and Cold Norton until 1953. In the meantime, the original branch, having main line connections, continued to offer a good service, but as travelling patterns changed so receipts diminished. Passenger services were withdrawn in September 1964 and goods traffic from April 1966.
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Royal Mail will only accept parcels up to 5kg in weight (2kg for Canada). If you are ordering multiple items that exceed these limits, please contact us first so that we can advise you of the appropriate shipping rate.
Due to the high volume of parcels going missing, we are no longer able to send untracked orders via third party mail handling services such as Parcel Motel. We are able to send untracked parcels to bona fide PO Box addresses, friends and family members and to work addresses.
Some countries charge import taxes and other taxes such as VAT; we suggest that in these cases, you asked for your order to be tracked so the local taxation authorities can trace your parcel.
Please note that courier services are unable to deliver to PO Box addresses. If you usually use a PO Box address, you will need to supply an alternative address if you require shipping by courier.
Shipping to the European Union
From 1 July 2021, all EU countries will be imposing VAT on all imports. In the UK, books are zero-rated for VAT proposes so there is no VAT to deduct from the prices quoted on our website. All of our orders are sent "DDU" (Delivered Duty Unpaid).
Therefore all of our shipments to the EU will be held by the relevant customs authority until the customer pays any VAT that is due. We understand that if no payment is received by the relevant customs authority after 30 days, the package will be either returned or destroyed. Rail-Books will not be liable for any loss resulting from the destruction or return of goods where VAT has not been paid.
We recommend that customers in the EU follow the tracking data supplied to them once we dispatch your parcel and. once the parcel is showing as arriving in the destination country, make contact with either the postal or customs authorities to pay the appropriate amounts of tax/duty.
Updated: 1 July 2021