Mid-Norfolk Railway

Mid-Norfolk Railway The Mid-Norfolk Railway - East Anglia's longest heritage railway. Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust. A charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 23 March 1995 and registered as a charity on 2 June 1995.
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Operating as usual

✅ Wed 21st July - We are open & good to go. Steam services operating with GWR 813.❗ Due to the heat, diesel locomotive 4...
21/07/2021

✅ Wed 21st July - We are open & good to go. Steam services operating with GWR 813.

❗ Due to the heat, diesel locomotive 47367 is taking the 1545 from Dereham and 1645 from Wymondham Abbey.

Dereham Station tea room is open.
✅ Walk up fares available
✅ Enhanced cleaning
✅ One way system

✅ We understand that some customers may feel nervous around people not wearing face coverings now the rules have been relaxed, so we have added a dedicated face covering only coach. We do encourage everyone to wear face coverings elsewhere on the train too.

http://www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk

✅ Wed 21st July - We are open & good to go. Steam services operating with GWR 813.

❗ Due to the heat, diesel locomotive 47367 is taking the 1545 from Dereham and 1645 from Wymondham Abbey.

Dereham Station tea room is open.
✅ Walk up fares available
✅ Enhanced cleaning
✅ One way system

✅ We understand that some customers may feel nervous around people not wearing face coverings now the rules have been relaxed, so we have added a dedicated face covering only coach. We do encourage everyone to wear face coverings elsewhere on the train too.

http://www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk

47580 'County of Essex' returns to the Mid-Norfolk Railway https://www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk/post/return-of-47580-to-t...
17/07/2021
Return of 47580 to the MNR

47580 'County of Essex' returns to the Mid-Norfolk Railway https://www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk/post/return-of-47580-to-the-mnr

The Mid-Norfolk Railway, together with the Stratford 47 Group who own the engine are pleased to announce that Class 47 number 47580 'County of Essex' has returned to the railway to rejoin the group’s other locomotives that are already resident on the line. Photos thanks to MNR Member, Ian MacDonal...

10/07/2021

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions, we felt that we are unable to hold the Craft Fair, planned to take place on 17th July, with a variety of restrictions to make it a successful event.

The stall holders have been contacted directly about this news. We are investigating a future date to hold this event.

We would like to thank Kathy Lloyd for her tireless efforts and working with the stallholders.

Owing to a technical issue discovered with the steam locomotive scheduled for today's trains, it will not be available t...
07/07/2021

Owing to a technical issue discovered with the steam locomotive scheduled for today's trains, it will not be available to work the 10.30 service this morning. The issue is recieving attention at the present time and we are hoping to have it in service on the 1.15pm departure from Dereham.

We are pleased to announce that recently refurbished class 47 D1933 will be making its first passenger service since its refurbishment on the 10.30 from Dereham as a substitute for the steam locomotive.

Owing to a technical issue discovered with the steam locomotive scheduled for today's trains, it will not be available to work the 10.30 service this morning. The issue is recieving attention at the present time and we are hoping to have it in service on the 1.15pm departure from Dereham.

We are pleased to announce that recently refurbished class 47 D1933 will be making its first passenger service since its refurbishment on the 10.30 from Dereham as a substitute for the steam locomotive.

As the Mid-Norfolk Railway prepares to reopen for public passenger services on 3 July, the railway has received a £200,9...
27/06/2021

As the Mid-Norfolk Railway prepares to reopen for public passenger services on 3 July, the railway has received a £200,900 grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.

Read more at: https://www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk/post/mnr-receives-200-900-government-covid-resilience-grant

As the Mid-Norfolk Railway prepares to reopen for public passenger services on 3 July, the railway has received a £200,900 grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.

Read more at: https://www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk/post/mnr-receives-200-900-government-covid-resilience-grant

Part of our small and normally unseen Polar Express Train Ride team busy at work dealing with the Polar Express enquirie...
21/06/2021

Part of our small and normally unseen Polar Express Train Ride team busy at work dealing with the Polar Express enquiries today. The railway has a deciated band of volunteers who put on The Polar Express Train Ride every year with the support of a small group of railway staff.

Part of our small and normally unseen Polar Express Train Ride team busy at work dealing with the Polar Express enquiries today. The railway has a deciated band of volunteers who put on The Polar Express Train Ride every year with the support of a small group of railway staff.

We can now confirm the tickets for The Polar Express™ Train Ride are now live.Please be aware there is a queuing system ...
21/06/2021
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We can now confirm the tickets for The Polar Express™ Train Ride are now live.

Please be aware there is a queuing system in place.

We are pleased to announce that the Mid-Norfolk Railway 2021 The Polar Express™ Train Ride tickets will be launching on ...
20/06/2021

We are pleased to announce that the Mid-Norfolk Railway 2021 The Polar Express™ Train Ride tickets will be launching on 21st June at 10am. A queue system will be in operation.

Are you comin'?

We are pleased to announce that the Mid-Norfolk Railway 2021 The Polar Express™ Train Ride tickets will be launching on 21st June at 10am. A queue system will be in operation.

Are you comin'?

MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY ANNOUNCES DELAY TO REOPENING The Mid-Norfolk Railway has announced that as a result of the latest Go...
18/06/2021

MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY ANNOUNCES DELAY TO REOPENING

The Mid-Norfolk Railway has announced that as a result of the latest Government Covid-19 announcement that the reopening of the railway for public passenger service will now be delayed till 3 July.

Explaining the delay Charlie Robinson, the Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust said: “The Trust Council has sadly decided that the railway must postpone our reopening until 3 July. This was not a decision we have made lightly and we understand it is disappointing for our passenger and indeed our members and working volunteers and staff who have worked so hard to reopen.

“The Trust Council however recognises that we want to be able to put on a service that meets the expectations of our passengers and is also safe for them and our own staff. All Heritage railways are different and at this current time we will find it extremely difficult to deliver the level of service that we would want to provide to our customers due to the nature of our stations and our rolling stock.”

The railway will now be completing some additional Covid 19 precautions in line with Government requirements before reopening on the 3 July. The initial service will be a steam hauled trained using the newly refurbished Maroon liveried heritage coaching stock.

Tickets will initially only be available via the Mid-Norfolk Railway website at www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk in the next couple of days.

Further announcements about the full reopening will follow in due course and will be dependant of future Government announcements.

21/05/2021

The MNR would like to thank everyone who applied for the Customer Services Administrator position. We had a high number of applications and the standard has been very high. Those who were successful have now been contacted and interviews arranged.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway is pleased to announce the work to refurbish the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s level crossing on the B11...
19/05/2021
Kimberley Level Crossing Reopens

The Mid-Norfolk Railway is pleased to announce the work to refurbish the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s level crossing on the B1108 at Kimberley Park Station has been completed after a week of work.

This refurbishment has used the same technology as the railway’s Yaxham Road level crossing in Dereham and again uses a system developed by the Dutch railway infrastructure company Edilon Sedra.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway is pleased to announce the work to refurbish the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s level crossing on the B1108 at Kimberley Park Station has been completed after a week of work. This refurbishment has used the same technology as the railway’s Yaxham Road level crossing in Dereham and...

See how the Mid-Norfolk Railway is developing members of the Traction and Rolling Stock department.
07/05/2021

See how the Mid-Norfolk Railway is developing members of the Traction and Rolling Stock department.

04/05/2021

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ TRAIN RIDE UPDATE

Further to our previous communications, the deadline for contacting us regarding your The Polar Express™ Train Ride has now passed and the elves are extremely busy dealing with your rescheduling requirements.

If you have not been in contact with us so far, excluding those who have emailed but are yet to receive a response, you have until Thursday 6th May to get in touch. After this date we will refund your ticket price automatically.

Our team have received an unprecedented number of emails and are working through every one in order of date received. If you have already emailed us we will get to your request as soon as possible so there is no need to send additional emails.

14th June 2021 - Due to the Government's announcement about Stage 4 of the Covid-19 roadmap being put on hold by four we...
02/05/2021

14th June 2021 - Due to the Government's announcement about Stage 4 of the Covid-19 roadmap being put on hold by four weeks we are now working on revised plans for our reopening.

2nd May 2021 - RAILWAY ANNOUNCES REOPENING DATE

The railway is planning to reopen on 23rd June followed by a Reopening Weekend on 26th & 27th June. Assuming that the Government's Covid-19 roadmap to recovery conditions are met.

The reopening weekend will feature a mixture of steam and diesel locomotives/units and will include the debut of the first time of carrying passengers in the restored Mark 1 Maroon carriages and former-Greater Anglia Mark 3 carriages. Further information at https://www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk/post/reopening-mnr-in-june-2021

Monday 3rd May is the launch date of our new website at www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk which details information about the upcoming 2021 running dates and events. Tickets not available at this time.

Photos with thanks to Ian MacDonald, Ken Hawkins and Peter Singlehurst.

29/04/2021

POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE UPDATE

A week ago, an email was sent out to 2020 customers who asked to reschedule onto the 2021 trains. There was a request within to respond to. Please check your email inbox or spam/junk folders for this email.

The team have received a large quantity of emails. Please be patient if you have not received a response yet.

For those waiting for the 2021 ticket launch, we will be announcing this date in the near future.

Today saw a little piece of MNR history with the first running of one of the railway's new Pacers from Dereham to Wymond...
16/04/2021

Today saw a little piece of MNR history with the first running of one of the railway's new Pacers from Dereham to Wymondham.

The running was a test event and saw a number of drivers and guards undertaking training and examinations whilst the Pacer passed all of its running checks.

The Pacer running today was another step towards the reopening of the railway for public passenger service with full details of the reopening expected soon.

Photos: Peter Singlehurst & Ian MacDonald

See how a revolutionary new product is helping shape the future of the Mid-Norfolk Railway.
11/04/2021

See how a revolutionary new product is helping shape the future of the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

We may be closed to the public, but vital assessment and refreshers continue within the railway’s operations department ...
05/04/2021

We may be closed to the public, but vital assessment and refreshers continue within the railway’s operations department which is responsible for running trains on the Mid-Norfolk Railway. This is to ensure our volunteers are ready for when we reopen. Social distancing and covid prevention measures are in place to protect our members whilst this takes place.

We may be closed to the public, but vital assessment and refreshers continue within the railway’s operations department which is responsible for running trains on the Mid-Norfolk Railway. This is to ensure our volunteers are ready for when we reopen. Social distancing and covid prevention measures are in place to protect our members whilst this takes place.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) has launched a public appeal to raise funds to contribute to the rebuilding of the Kimberl...
05/04/2021

The Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) has launched a public appeal to raise funds to contribute to the rebuilding of the Kimberley Level crossing, which crosses the B1108 Norwich-Watton road.

The essential work follows on from the successful rebuilding of the Yaxham Road level crossing at Dereham last year. The appeal is to raise £25,000 towards the total cost.

Charlie Robinson, the Chairman of The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, which owns and operates the railway said: “This work is essential to maintain and upgrade our operating line and must be done this year. As a result of Covid-19, the MNR like every other heritage railway, has had to deal with the financial impact of not operating last year. We have therefore launched this public appeal to help finance the work. Donations however small will be gratefully received”.

Donations can be made online or bank transfer or cheque. Further information at www.mnr.org.uk/kimberleyappeal

Those who donate over £200 will receive a complimentary pair of tickets for a standard operating day. The tickets will allow the donor to book a travel day of their choice.

Refurbishing the level crossing is the next stage of the essential refurbishment of the running line from Wymondham to Dereham and in addition to the level crossing itself the line through Kimberley Park station will be replaced, as will the short section from the level crossing to the end of the recently relaid running line over Danemoor Bank that was relaid as part of the contract with Greater Anglia.

The newly laid line will therefore continue the gradual process of replacing the wooden sleepers with concrete for the running line, with the objective of ensuring easy maintenance for the long term. The crossing itself will remain a gated crossing, being operated by a MNR volunteer crossing keeper. The work will however see the rails and road deck renewed utilising the new state of the art technology that was installed at Dereham. This will be to the benefit of the local residents as it will reduce the noise from road traffic as it crosses the level crossing.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) has launched a public appeal to raise funds to contribute to the rebuilding of the Kimberley Level crossing, which crosses the B1108 Norwich-Watton road.

The essential work follows on from the successful rebuilding of the Yaxham Road level crossing at Dereham last year. The appeal is to raise £25,000 towards the total cost.

Charlie Robinson, the Chairman of The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, which owns and operates the railway said: “This work is essential to maintain and upgrade our operating line and must be done this year. As a result of Covid-19, the MNR like every other heritage railway, has had to deal with the financial impact of not operating last year. We have therefore launched this public appeal to help finance the work. Donations however small will be gratefully received”.

Donations can be made online or bank transfer or cheque. Further information at www.mnr.org.uk/kimberleyappeal

Those who donate over £200 will receive a complimentary pair of tickets for a standard operating day. The tickets will allow the donor to book a travel day of their choice.

Refurbishing the level crossing is the next stage of the essential refurbishment of the running line from Wymondham to Dereham and in addition to the level crossing itself the line through Kimberley Park station will be replaced, as will the short section from the level crossing to the end of the recently relaid running line over Danemoor Bank that was relaid as part of the contract with Greater Anglia.

The newly laid line will therefore continue the gradual process of replacing the wooden sleepers with concrete for the running line, with the objective of ensuring easy maintenance for the long term. The crossing itself will remain a gated crossing, being operated by a MNR volunteer crossing keeper. The work will however see the rails and road deck renewed utilising the new state of the art technology that was installed at Dereham. This will be to the benefit of the local residents as it will reduce the noise from road traffic as it crosses the level crossing.

Address

Dereham Station, Station Road
East Dereham
NR19 1DF

Dereham: First Excel bus from Norwich, King's Lynn or Peterborough. Konectbus 4/8 from Norwich. Wymondham Abbey: 15 minute walk from Wymondham mainline station.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 5:30pm
Thursday 10am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10am - 5:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5:30pm

Telephone

+441362851723

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Hi mid Norfolk railway, just wanted to say a huge thank you to your driver and guards who returned my 3 year old's extremely enthusiastic wave this evening at the level crossing in Dereham! She is mad about trains and this was absolutely thrilling for her, she's not stopped talking about it 🙂. Can't wait to be able to bring her to visit the station when covid settles down.
OTDIH - A dozen years ago, 20315 + 307 + 069 thrash out of Wymondham Abbey on the MNR at the Autumn gala. With the DRS 20's only having three months of service ahead of them (and were scrapped within five years), and 20069 recently left the MNR allegedly for spares, life in back on the mainline or pres is never a guaranteed future...
hopefully 2021 will see the mid norfolk railway running like a lot of railways and other attractions wait and see hope to pay a visit again sometime in the future, all depends on covid 19 .
Is there any update on track clearance/track upgrade South of CS or plans for new trackwork from NE gates Northwards? Just not able to get up here at the moment.
When will Scotsman tickets be available?
Do kids have to be a certain age to go on the Polar Express?
Look smart
Please could someone contact me with regards to polar express status of my account for the 3ed December? It’s currently saying cancelled??!
Hi. I walked Norfolk Trails Hoe via Hoe Rough today. I followed the recommended direction for the route. The railway bridge you cross when passing over the disused railway had two plastic barriers which had been moved to the sides. This was the same on the other side, only then did I realise there was a sign informing of the bridge being unsafe. It appears the fences have been moved to the side making space for people to walk through. There’s a sign when you reach the edge of the field by the road to warn you the bridge is closed, this is after you’ve crossed it. There is no sign before hand warning the path is closed or directing walkers to bypass the bridge or take another route.
This weekend was supposed to have been the second weekend of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations. To compensate lets flashback to the 2019 Steam Event .
I noticed in the news today that there is a bid for government funding to reopen the railway for passenger services between Dereham and Wymondham. Do you support this, and how would it affect your operation?