Summer Railway Attractions in NorfolkNext Post
Summer is a great time to go for a train ride and Norfolk is full of excellent opportunities to do it - in addition to Bressingham Steam & Gardens' events and attractions we’ve put together a list of some of our other favourites you could visit throughout the region.
The North Norfolk Railway
The North Norfolk Railway (or "The poppy line", as it sometimes referred to) boasts three lovingly restored train stations each a century old and, they claim, the line from Sheringham to Holt is one of the U.K.'s most scenic heritage railways.
The railway was established in 1887, Built by William Marriott, And ran until 1924. The Railway features at 10.5 point five mile round trip crazy beautiful North Norfolk countryside.
The Poppy line gets its name unsurprisingly from all the poppies grow amongst the mode of heather at the side of the track, what are you may have to wait later in the year to see this.
Whitwell & Reepham Railway
The Whitwell & Reepham Railway is a relatively new Heritage line, Only opening in 2009- nearly 50 years after it was closed to passengers.
Nearby the beautiful Georgian market town of Reepham, Whitwell Station first opened in 1882 as part of the Midland and great Northern joint railways branch of the main line of Melton Constable to Norwich.
The railway had its heyday in the 1930s and 40s, And this is the period the dedicated bunch of restorers aimed to evoke, Relaying track and sidings, Acquiring rolling stock and more items for their museum.
Bure Valley Railway
Bure Valley Railway has Norfolk's longest narrow gauge steam railway which runs between Aylsham and Wroxham- both of which are within easy reach of Norwich and the Norfolk Coast.
The line originally opened in 1880 carried passengers until 1952, continuing to carry freight until it was finally closed in 1982.
Andrew and Susan, a husband-and-wife team manage the small team of dedicated staff and volunteers which keep the railway operating on a not-for-profit basis.
Andrew love railways so much that he went from volunteering occasionally on the railway in its early days of the heritage line to giving up his job in London to work their full time!
Wroxham Miniature Worlds
Last but not least (well, maybe the least in size) If you're tired of seeing boring old big engines you could consider going to Wroxham Miniature Worlds which boasts to be the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK.
The attraction has been developing since early 2011 offers 15,000 ft.² of Miniature railway magic- their website claims that It has some of the largest model railways in the world on public display.
The Mid Norfolk Railway offers regular steam and diesel services through the centre of Norfolk, Running between the beautiful market towns of Wymondham (often mispronounced by non-Norfolkers!) and Dereham.
The Railway has a 15 mile stretch of preserved standard gauge tracks, One of the longest in Great Britain. Work began on restoring it in 1974 but it was reopened to passengers only in the mid 1990s, Which just goes to show the care and attention which has been lavished on it!
They have a busy Timetable of events and services which you can see on the Mid Norfolk Railway website - Well worth a look for any steam enthusiast!
Are there any local places or events you think we should know about?
If you’ve particularly enjoyed any places or events in Norfolk or Suffolk let us know.
We always like hearing about other local attractions!
By Alastair Baker at 24 Jul 2017, 00:00 AM