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North Norfolk Railway

INFORMATION FOR THE VISITOR

 

RCD’s Overview

This is one of the UK’s premier heritage lines. Along with just 12 railways, it gets our very top rating.

This railway is one of the UK’s longest established preserved railways, and as such has collected over time an impressive collection of ex-main line and branch steam locomotives. It is not one of the longest heritage railways, but it makes up for this in the quality and variety of what it offers, and the impressive scenery through which it travels including views of the Norfolk coast and countryside. Its large locomotive collection enables it to run an intensive service, both in terms of the number of days of operation, and the number of trains run on those days. A visit to this railway is highly recommended.

 

Key Facts (where and when)

Extent of Railway (where to where):

Sheringham via Weybourne to Holt (Norfolk)

Principal Visitor Centre:

Sheringham station

Period of Operation*

- April to October (Daily)

- March (Weekends)

- November to December (Special event trains)

 [* This is a summary. Please go to the railway’s website for definitive operating days] 

 

Key Facts (what you’ll see)

Services usually steam or diesel?

Predominantly steam

Type of Steam / Diesel Locomotives Used:

Full range of steam and diesel locos (large, mid and small-sized)

Length of Line:

5.5 miles

Time taken for a round trip:

1 hour 20 minutes

Number of trains per day:

8 to 11 in each direction

Number of Stations

3 stations

Prices:

Adult Rover: £15. Child Rover: £11

Time to allow for Visit:

Half day

Museum:

Yes

Shop/Cafe:

Yes/Yes

Picnic/Play areas:

Yes

Special Features:

Scenic coastal and countryside railway

Preservation Established:

1965

Car Park Facilities:

Sheringham (pay & display), Weybourne (limited) and Holt.

 

Key Facts (Galas/Events/Dining)

Dining Trains:

- Premier Sunday Lunch Trains

- Premier Lunchtime Dining Trains

- North Norfolkman Evening Dining

- Fish & Chip Trains

- Cream Tea on a Steam Train!

- The Gin Train

 Event Trains:

- Norfolk Lights Express: Mid November to early January

- Santa Specials: Mid November and December

Principal Galas:

- Mixed Traction Gala: June

- Autumn Steam Gala: August/ September

- Home Fleet Weekend: October

Experiences:

- Steam Driver Experience (taster to 5 day)

- Diesel Driver Experience

- Signalling Experience

 

Contacts

Email:                                                                     enquiries@nnrailway.co.uk

Telephone:                                                           01263 820800

Website:                                                                www.nnrailway.co.uk

Social Media:                                                        www.facebook.com/NorthNorfolkRailwayPLC

                                                                               Also on Twitter/ Instagram/ YouTube/ Flickr

 

INFORMATION FOR THE ENTHUSIAST


Brief History of the Railway and its Preservation  

The line once formed part of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway's Melton Constable to Cromer Beach branch line. It was opened in 1887 and connected at Melton Constable with M&GN services enabling travel from Cromer to Norwich and Great Yarmouth, as well as to London Kings Cross. The majority of the M&GN system was closed to passengers in 1959, however the section between Melton Constable and Cromer retained its passenger service becoming an extension of the former GER line from Norwich. The Beeching Report recommended closure of the section between Melton Constable and Sheringham, which closed in 1964. The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railways Preservation Society was formed in 1959 and by 1963 it had formed North Norfolk Railways Limited to preserve the line between Sheringham and Weybourne which was reopened in 1975. The line was subsequently extended to Holt where it presently terminates.

 

Steam Operational Locomotives:

(1) GER Y14 Class - No. 564

(2) S&DJR 7F Class - 53809

(3) WD 2-20-0 Class - 90775 ‘The Royal Norfolk Regiment’

(4) BR Standard 4 - 76084

(5)  BR Standard 9 92203 – ‘Black Prince’

(6) Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 – ‘Wissington’ (away on loan)

 

Diesel Operational Locomotives/DMU:

(1) BR Class 37 - D6782

(2) BR Class 08 - D3935

(3) Heritage DMU Class 101- 51188/56352

(4) Heritage DMU Class 101 - 51228/56062

 

Steam Locomotives Under Overhaul:

(1) GNR Class N2 - No 1744

(2) GNR Class S69 LNER B12 - No. 8572

(3) Hunslet Works - No 1982 ‘Ring Haw’

 

Diesel Locomotives Under Overhaul:

(1) BR Class 20 - 20 227 ‘Sherlock Holmes’

(2) BR Class 31 - D5631

(3) BR Class 08 shunter - D3940

(4) BR Class 11 shunter - 12131

 

Stored/ Under Restoration/ Out of Service:

None reported


INFORMATION ON THE SUPPORT GROUP

Name of Support Group:

M&GN Joint Railway Society

Annual membership fee:

Adult: £24. Senior: £22. Junior: £11 Family: £46. Life: £400

Website:                                                                www.mandgn.org

Email:                                                                     members@mandgn.org

 

Benefits of membership:                                  

-          Up to 70% off NNR travel (10% off at special events)

-          Discount on selected Society produced publications

-          Free travel on our Society Members’ Day.

-          Quarterly Magazine: ‘Joint Line’

 

How to Join:                                                          Go to www.mandgn.org

 

What They Say About Volunteering:

If you have visited the North Norfolk Railway before, you are sure to have seen some of our fantastic volunteers, the Driver, the Fireman, the Guard, the Signalmen, the Booking Office Clerk just to list a few. In fact, you could get involved with any aspect of the North Norfolk Railway. When you volunteer on the North Norfolk Railway you are sure have fun whilst meeting new friends and making a big difference, whatever your age. Some of our volunteers come through our Youth Development Club, some work full time, some have retired, while others take their holidays working on the railway.

 

How to Volunteer:                                               Go to www.nnrailway.co.uk/volunteering

 

How to Donate:                                                    Go to www.mandgn.org/donations

 

WHY JOIN:  With its large collection of locomotives and rolling stock, help is always needed to maintain this prestigious railway.                   

 

INFORMATION ON OTHER SOCIETIES WITH RELATED INTEREST


Those interested in this railway may also be interested in the following railway societies also listed on this

website:

 

Traditional Railway Societies:

- M&GN Circle

- Great Eastern Railway Society

- The Gresley Society

- Norfolk Railway Society

Locomotive Societies (steam):

- The Gresley Society

 

Model Railway Clubs:

- Norwich Model Railway Club


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