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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It will be a breezy morning but largely dry with some brightness. Rain will sweep in from the west during the afternoon. Highs of 16 deg C.
Becoming cloudier and breezier into the evening, with a little light rain at times. It will be much milder than of late. Lows of 7 deg C.