Felixstowe railway station serves the town of Felixstowe in Suffolk, England. It is the terminus of the 11. 75-mile Felixstowe Branch Line from Westerfield and it was opened by the Great Eastern Railway in 1898 as Felixstowe Town railway station but since 1967 has been the only station in the town. Trains in 2012 are operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, the railway from Westerfield to Felixstowe was opened by the Felixstowe Pier and Railway Company on 1 May 1877. The first railway station was at Felixstowe Pier and a second was added at Felixstowe Beach. The railways principal promoter, Colonel George Tomline, was criticised in the Suffolk Chronicle for building the stations where he thinks people ought to be, rather than where people actually live. It is also claimed that the Beach station was sited there to be away from the Ordnance Hotel, on 13 July 1891 Princess Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, wife of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and a relative of Queen Victoria, arrived on a train at Felixstowe Beach station. She and five of her children stayed in the town on holiday until 6 August and this gave the town a boost as a holiday resort. Although the population of the town in 1891 was only 3,507 development was increasing along the ground north of the Beach station. By now the line had been purchased by the GER which set about obtaining powers in June 1893 to divert the railway to Hamilton Road. The new Town station was opened on 1 July 1898 by Lord Claud Hamilton, the direct line from Trimley to Felixstowe Beach was closed and all trains then had to reverse at the Town station before continuing their journey. A new Orwell Hotel was opened in 1898 opposite the station entrance, a promenade was built along the seafront in 1903 and a pleasure pier opened in 1905. Lord Claud Hamilton was invited back to the town in 1909 to open a new Spa Pavilion, the developing resort was by now served by direct trains from London Liverpool Street station. In 1905 the 10,00 service from London called at Westerfield to detach carriages for Felixstowe and it was only allowed two minutes to do this, and the Felixstowe portion continued on its way just three minutes later. A non-stop train each way between Liverpool Street and Felixstowe Town was introduced in 1906, another fast train was introduced in 1907 with a single stop at Colchester. In 1923 the Great Eastern Railway became a part of the new London, fewer through trains were run from London than before World War I, but from 1929 until 1939 there was a regular Eastern Belle Pullman service. It left Liverpool Street at 11,00, took less than two hours to reach Felixstowe, and returned at 19,35, in 1938 the LNER received new powers to double the Felixstowe Branch Line and enlarge the station. An additional platform was provided at Felixstowe in 1939, but the track along the branch failed to materialise due to the outbreak of World War II. Bombs fell near the station during the war resulting in damage to the signal box
The original building has been converted into a shopping centre
A train for Ipswich leaves the one remaining and shortened platform, with the old station buildings in the background.