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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A mainly dry morning with sunny spells. Showers developing later with some of these becoming heavy and perhaps wintry with thunder.
Peterborough United boss Grant McCann was delighted by Leo Da Silva Lopes' match-winning display against Bristol Rovers.
Rain clears tonight. Cold and frosty overnight.