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Crown Point, Norwich

Norwich Crown Point TMD
LocationNorwich, United Kingdom
Coordinates52°37′20″N 1°19′03″E / 52.6221°N 1.3176°E / 52.6221; 1.3176
OS gridTG246078
Owner(s)Abellio Greater Anglia
Depot code(s)
  • NR (1982-1983)
  • NC (1983-)[1]
TypeDiesel, Electric, DMU
Opened27 October 1982
OriginalBritish Rail

Crown Point was originally the name given to an area within the city of Norwich in the United Kingdom.


The name is now more commonly associated with the Crown Point traction maintenance depot (TMD) operated by Abellio Greater Anglia which was opened on 27 October 1982 by then chairman of the British Railways Board, Peter Parker. It replaced the original depot which was located close to Norwich station. Intercity and Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains are serviced and maintained here. The depot code is NC.[2]

Class 90 locomotives, Driving Van Trailers, Mark 3 carriages, Class 153 DMUs, Class 156 DMUs and Class 170 DMUs are currently (2015) maintained here, as well as occasional Class 158 DMU, Class 47 locomotives and 08 Shunters. Previously the depot has been home to Class 03 shunters, Class 86 electric locomotives and Class 101 DMU.

It was previously nicknamed "Clown Point" by railway enthusiasts due to the perceived poor quality of the maintenance. This perception is out of date however, with the Class 170 DMUs maintained there being (year to October 2009) the second most reliable new-generation DMUs in the UK at some 16,000 miles per 5-minute delay, while over the same period the reliability of the depot's Class 90-hauled trains was respectable in comparison with other inter-city trains.[citation needed]


  • Rail Atlas Great Britain & Ireland, S.K. Baker ISBN 0-86093-553-1
  1. ^ "The all-time guide to UK Shed and Depot Codes" (PDF). 5 May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. ^ Garrod, Trevor (April 1997). England's most easterly railway. Lowestoft: Railway development Society. p. 47. ISBN 978-0950946528.

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An overhead view of the depot.