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Norfolk has had a long association with the railway, in Victorian times it brought many visitors to the region in search of fresh breezes.

An Introduction to Train Rides and Railways in Norfolk

Sheringham Steam Train
Bure Valley Railway
Sheringham Railway
Steam Train
Wells Harbour Railway

Norfolk has had a long association with the railway, in Victorian times it brought many visitors to the region in search of fresh breezes. However, during the cuts in the 1960's, many of these stations and lines were closed down. Several track beds were acquired by hard working groups and brought back to life, operating steam rides during the summer months.

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Map showing Trains Rides in Norfolk

Norfolk Railway Map Barton House Railway Sheringham North Norfolk Railway Holt North Norfolk Railway Norwich Mainline Station Cromer Bittern Line Bittern Line Bure Valley Railway North Walsham Bittern Line Wells Harbour Railway Weybourne North Norfolk Railway Wymondham Mid Norfolk Railway Wells and Walsingham Light Railway Great Yarmouth Wherry Line Whitwell and Reepham Railway Norfolk Map Kings Lynn Acle Wherry Line Reedham Wherry Line
 

10 Top Train Rides in Norfolk


North Norfolk Railway
Running from Sheringham on the North Norfolk Coast, to the Georgian town of Holt, via Weybourne, is the North Norfolk Railway. When British Rail closed the line to Melton Constable in 1965, the M&GN Preservation Society was established and purchased the line and leased the old station. After raising £14,000 by the sale of shares the North Norfolk Railway was born and ran its first steam service in 1976. The Poppy Line as it is known, operates a variety of steam and diesel locomotives on a daily scheduled service (seasonal).
North Norfolk Railway
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Sheringham Railway
Sheringham Station platform on the NNR
Weybourne Station
Weybourne North Norfolk Railway Station
   
Bure Valley Railway
On the Norfolk Broads, the Bure Valley Railway transports visitors from the Captial of the Broads at Wroxham, to the market town of Aylsham, via Buxton and Coltishall. Opened in 1990, the Bure Valley Railway offers an 18 mile round trip through picturesque countryside which is as varied, interesting and beautiful as any to be found on a railway journey in England. Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge line runs regular steam and diesel train services (seasonal).
Bure Valley Railway
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Aylsham Diesel Train
A Diesel Engine at Aylsham
Wroxham Station
Wroxham station on the Bure Valley Railway
   
Wells Harbour Railway
Wells next the Sea is actually a mile from the beach and open water! To save your legs you can ride this mile on the Wells Harbour Railway (WHR). The line operate steam and diesel trains on a 10¼” gauge track. This service operates from mid-March to mid-October.
Wells Harbour Railway
Click for a guided tour of Wells next the Sea
   
Wells and Walsingham Railway
Also running from Wells next the sea is the Walsingham Light Railway, operating the longest 10¼” gauge track in the world (4 miles), transporting visitors from Wells to Walsingham. The Wells & Walsingham Light Railway was born out of one man's passionate dream, hard work and sheer determination. Lt. Cmdr. Roy Francis, and trains operate during the summer months.
Steam Train
Steam Train on the Wells & Walsingham Railway
   
Mid-Norfolk Railway
The Mid-Norfolk Railway run steam and diesel trains from the market towns of Derham to Wymondham. The railway is run entirely by volunteers and is one of the largest preserved railways in Britain. The Mid-Norfolk railway runs a regular service from Easter to October, plus Santa specials during December and the occasional service in February and March.
Wymondham Station
Wymondham Station on the Mid-Norfolk Railway
   
Bressingham Steam and Gardens
Not one, but four railway lines that take visitors around the unique Bressingham gardens that are renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence. There is also a collection of various locomotives in the museum sheds.
Bressingham Steam and Gardens
The Garden Line at Bressingham Steam and Gardens
   
National Rail, Bittern and Wherry Lines
National Rail operate two lines in East Norfolk that take visitors from Norwich through some picturesque countryside to the coast. The Bittern Line operates from Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham, via Wroxham and North Walsham. The Wherry Lines operate from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, via Reedham and Acle.
Reedham Railway Station
Reedham Railway Station on the Wherry Line
   
Whitwell and Reepham Railway
Whitwell station (near Reepham) was closed in 1959, after having formed part of the of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway's branch line from Melton Constable to Norwich. It has been restored as a railway museum, including the relaying of track and the operation of steam trains.
Whitwell Rolling Stock
Click to see a guided tour of Reepham
   
Barton House Railway
Tucked away in the garden of the owner in Wroxham, overlooking the Norfolk Broads, the Barton House Railway aims to re-create the atmosphere of a traditional railway in miniature. Based on the Midland and Great Northern Railway, the two sit on steam train rides are accompanied by a fully working signalling system. The BHR is run totally by volunteers and opens on the 3rd Sunday of the month from April to September. You can arrive by boat from Wroxham Bridge.
Barton House Railway
Click to view a guided tour of the Barton House Railway
Narrow Gauge Track
Train rides on the oval track on the lawn
Riverside Bridge
The bridge over the water to Riverside West
   
Ashmanhaugh Light Railway
The Ashmanhaugh Light Railway is a narrow gauge railway in the heart of the Norfolk Broads countryside, near Hoveton. The 7¼ inch gauge railway operate one steam locomotive (Hotspur), and one electric locomotive (The General) and has limited opening times during the summer months.
Ashmanhaugh Light Railway
The Ashmanhaugh Light Railway, near Hoveton

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