In our second report to mark the anniversary we look at a line that survived the Beeching axe and flourished and what the future holds across the East.
Many routes from our region head into London Liverpool Street. From there here's Natalie Gray.
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Calvin Harris and Kasabian have been announced as the headline acts for this summer's V Festival in Chelmsford.
Cloudy with some rain first thing, perhaps locally sleet or snow, however this will soon clear to leave a bright and breezy day.
There will be a few wintry showers tonight but tomorrow will see some sunny spells.