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Barton House Railway

A narrow gauge railway running in the rear garden of a large house on the banks of the River Bure in the Norfolk Broads village of Wroxham

An Introduction to the Barton House Railway

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The Barton House Railway is tucked away in the back garden of a large house in the residential part of Wroxham. This unusual railway consists of 2 narrow gauge railway lines on which steam, diesel and electric trains operate. There is also a signal box, museum and cafe.

The railway dates back to the 1960's when the first sections of oval track were laid in the garden by the Grandmother of the current house owners. The railway was first opened to the public shortly after and this was followed by the construction of the Riverside Railway during the late 1970's. Various improvements have been carried out over the years, including the addition of the Signal Box and Museum.

Barton House is situated off the Avenue in Wroxham. Please note that there is limited parking at Barton House and you may need to park some distance away and walk. The BHR is run totally by volunteers and opens on the 3rd Sunday of the month from April to September, but please check opening times on their website before planning a visit. No Dogs allowed.
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Barton House Railway Guided Picture Tour


We start our tour of The Barton House Railway in the rear-garden of Barton House. The Mid-land Railway runs in an oval on the lawn and was the first of the two railway lines to be constructed. The line is 3 1/2 inch gauge and is 80 yards in circumference. It is supported above ground by reinforced concrete. A single station allows passengers to enjoy a ride while hauled by a number of different locomotives, both steam and electric.
Barton House
The narrow gauge railway in the rear-garden of Barton House
Narrow Gauge Track
Train rides on the oval track on the lawn
Garden Station
The station on the Mid-land Railway

The Riverside Railway runs from the garden to the banks of the River Bure in a horseshoe shape. The line is approximately 500 feet in length, 7 1/4 inch gauge and has three stations - Wroxham, Riverside West and Riverside East. Wroxham station has two platforms, with a footbridge between them! Although the ride is short, the trip takes you on a journey from the garden to the banks of the River Bure. A footbridge over a water dyke allows passengers to walk between the two riverside stations. A number of different rolling stock operate on the line including "Midge" (steam loco), "Sparky" (electric), "Edward Thomas" (steam loco), "Tiny" (electric) and "Tiny Tot" (electric).
Riverside Line
A steam train on the Riverside Railway
Riverside West
Riverside West Station
Riverside East Station
Riverside East Station
Riverside Bridge
The bridge over the water to Riverside West
Wroxham Station
Wroxham Station with two platforms and footbridge!
Narrow Gauge Steam Engines
Preparing 'Edward Thomas' and 'Midge' for the afternoon
Wroxham Station
Filling up 'Midge' with water
Narrow Gauge Steam Engines
'Sparky' an electric loco on the Riverside Line
Midge
'Midge' pulling into Riverside West Station

The Signal Box was originally located at Honing East Station and was built in 1901. It was on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway between Melton Constable and Great Yarmouth. The signal box was one of a pair at Honing and was in continuous use until the line closed in 1959. The levers came from Lowestoft signal box and was made in 1903. Visitors can climb the steps and inspect the inside of the signal box (additional small charge).
Signal Box
Inside Honing East Signal Box
Narrow Gauge Track
The Signal Box
Train Signal
The Trainline Signal

Visitors can arrive at the Barton House Railway by taking the river launch from Wroxham Bridge (included in the entrance price). Once you arrive, you can purchase tickets from the riverside ticket office or in the museum, for those arriving by car. The Barton House Railway Museum was opened in 2003 and visitors can see various railway exhibits, including a small section of model railway. The tea shed, located in the garden, has been given the name Dickersons' Diner in recognition of the Dickersons, who gave years of service to the railway.
River Launch
Barton House Railway River Launch
Narrow Gauge Track
The Riverside Ticket Office
Train Signal
The Riverside Station Office
Tea Shed
DIckersons' Diner, Tea Shed
Railway Cafe
Inside Dickersons' Diner
Train Guard
Helpful Staff
Barton House
Barton House
Railway Museum
Barton House Railway Museum
Model Railway
Model Railway in the Museum

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Barton House Railway Summary of What to SEE and DO

Arrive at the railway by boat from Wroxham Bridge.
Take a ride on the Mid-land Railway around the lawn.
Take a ride on the Riverside Railway to the river.
Enjoy a stroll from the garden to the river or between the two riverside stations.
Explore the Signal Box.
Visit the railway museum.
Enjoy a refreshment in Dickersons' Diner.

Our Verdict

The Barton House Railway is an amazing find, tucked away in the residential part of Wroxham. Clearly run by enthusiasts, this narrow gauge railway offers plenty for those with an interest in steam railways and those with young children. Ticket pricing a little confusing though.
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