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 stay cold this weekend with further wintry showers at times.
Icy stretches will form tonight as temperatures drop and wintry showers develop later.
A woman has been banned from keeping all animals for three years after admitting neglecting her cat and four kittens - two of whom died.