Letter: In brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: I was sad to read of the plight of Carnforth's Brief Encounter railway station (24 October).

In the 1960s, Wymondham station in Norfolk was reduced to an unmanned halt on the Norwich-Ely line and, like Carnforth, it fell into a forlorn and unsightly state.

Then in 1987, David Turner, a local enthusiast, acquired the station on a lifetime lease from British Rail and wonderfully transformed it into an award-winning tourist attraction.

Now it houses a chandelier-hung piano showroom, a museum of railway memorabilia and, yes, a tearoom called "The Brief Encounter". And it's still an operational station.