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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Northampton centre Luther Burrell felt "let down" by head coach Stuart Lancaster after he was left out of England's squad for the World Cup.
The Chancellor will present his Autumn Statement and Spending Review to the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Wednesday should stay mainly dry with sunny spells, although perhaps with occasional showers near the Norfolk coast. Brisk winds.