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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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

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11/04/2021

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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.

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THE MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY APPOINTS FIRST FULL-TIME PERMANENT WAY SUPERVISORThe Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Trust Council has ann...
31/01/2021

THE MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY APPOINTS FIRST FULL-TIME PERMANENT WAY SUPERVISOR

The Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Trust Council has announced the appointment of Mr Damian John as the railway’s first full time Permanent Way Supervisor.

As the Permanent Way Supervisor, Damian will work for the MNR’s volunteer Permanent Way Manager and be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the railway’s track system.

Charlie Robinson the Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, that owns and runs the railway said: “We are delighted to welcome Damian to the railway as a full-time staff member. His appointment is the last in this round of full-time appointments that the railway’s Trust Council has decided was needed to ensure the future development of the railway.

“Over the last 25 years the MNR railway has grown from a small band of pioneers to the million-pound business that operates today. To maintain ongoing development of the railway we have decided requires a small number of full-time staff to work with our large numbers of volunteers and provide continuity.

“The current Covid 19 situation is clearly a difficult time for all, but these new posts will maintain our progress and are in the interests of the long-term future of the railway.”

Prior to his new appointment, Damian has worked for several specialist railway contractors on Network Rail projects most recently with the railway engineering infrastructure division of Essex based RCU Solutions.

He began his railway career in 2001 as a Trackman working for Mowlem Railways, which included working on the construction of HS1 the new line that runs through Kent and London from the Channel Tunnel to London St Pancras station, before then spending time working with Keltbray Rail.

Speaking about his new role at the MNR, Damian said: “As the newly appointed P-Way Supervisor I feel privileged to be part of the ongoing planned works and upgrades at the Mid-Norfolk Railway. This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure the longevity and continued history of this exciting rail system, and to work with such enthusiastic volunteers.”

The MNR is always looking for more volunteers and anyone wishing to join the volunteer gangs that will be working with Damian or the track walking team is invited to contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, email [email protected] for more details. Training will be given if needed.

THE MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY APPOINTS FIRST FULL-TIME PERMANENT WAY SUPERVISOR

The Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Trust Council has announced the appointment of Mr Damian John as the railway’s first full time Permanent Way Supervisor.

As the Permanent Way Supervisor, Damian will work for the MNR’s volunteer Permanent Way Manager and be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the railway’s track system.

Charlie Robinson the Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, that owns and runs the railway said: “We are delighted to welcome Damian to the railway as a full-time staff member. His appointment is the last in this round of full-time appointments that the railway’s Trust Council has decided was needed to ensure the future development of the railway.

“Over the last 25 years the MNR railway has grown from a small band of pioneers to the million-pound business that operates today. To maintain ongoing development of the railway we have decided requires a small number of full-time staff to work with our large numbers of volunteers and provide continuity.

“The current Covid 19 situation is clearly a difficult time for all, but these new posts will maintain our progress and are in the interests of the long-term future of the railway.”

Prior to his new appointment, Damian has worked for several specialist railway contractors on Network Rail projects most recently with the railway engineering infrastructure division of Essex based RCU Solutions.

He began his railway career in 2001 as a Trackman working for Mowlem Railways, which included working on the construction of HS1 the new line that runs through Kent and London from the Channel Tunnel to London St Pancras station, before then spending time working with Keltbray Rail.

Speaking about his new role at the MNR, Damian said: “As the newly appointed P-Way Supervisor I feel privileged to be part of the ongoing planned works and upgrades at the Mid-Norfolk Railway. This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure the longevity and continued history of this exciting rail system, and to work with such enthusiastic volunteers.”

The MNR is always looking for more volunteers and anyone wishing to join the volunteer gangs that will be working with Damian or the track walking team is invited to contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, email [email protected] for more details. Training will be given if needed.

DEREHAM YARD DEVELOPMENTS UPDATEThe next stage of the development of Dereham Yard has begun with the completion of the d...
24/01/2021

DEREHAM YARD DEVELOPMENTS UPDATE

The next stage of the development of Dereham Yard has begun with the completion of the demolition of the Arcon buildings next to Platform 1 and the Goods Shed. The demolition work was carried out by specialist contractors Mooney Demolition Co Ltd to ensure the asbestos involved in the buildings was removed in the correct way.

This work was permissible under Government CV-19 guidelines.

The next stage will be to clear the site of the residual vegetation and then level it before track laying can commence. The track laying will see a line once again run up to the goods shed and a second siding to the now-revealed buffer stop outside the Goods Office.

A future restoration of the goods shed is intended to include the restoration of the currently bricked up entrance that will allow the line to once again run into the goods shed. That however is for the future.

The next stages will commence as soon as the current CV-19 restrictions are lifted.

THE MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY APPOINTS A TRACTION AND ROLLING STOCK MANAGER The Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Trust Council has announ...
11/01/2021

THE MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY APPOINTS A TRACTION AND ROLLING STOCK MANAGER

The Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Trust Council has announced the appointment of Mr Mark Sexton as the railway’s first full time Traction and Rolling Stock Manager. This is the second recent full time appointment and continues the increase of the railway's paid staff.

As the Traction and Rolling Stock Manager, Mark will be in charge of the maintenance of all rolling stock on the railway and ensure that it meets the appropriate standards for safe operation on the railway. He will be working closely with the railway’s experienced volunteers and staff to carry out the work required.

Charlie Robinson the Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, that owns and runs the railway said: “We are delighted to welcome Mark to the railway as a full time staff member. His appointment is another step forward in the development of the railway as he becomes our first full time Traction and Rolling Stock Manager.

“Like all businesses the past year has been difficult, however we have also been looking to the future and where we can we have make decisions like this, to ensure the railway’s continued development”.

Mark has been appointed following a recruitment campaign that saw a number of suitably qualified candidates apply and follows a series of interviews to establish the best candidate for the job at the Mid Norfolk Railway.

Prior to his new appointment, Mark has been working at the North Norfolk Railway, where he was first employed as a trainee diesel fitter in 2012. Once trained Mark then worked his way up to become the Running and Maintenance Foreman of the North Norfolk Railway during 2015. Before becoming a member of staff at the NNR, Mark was a volunteer and indeed his interest in the railway first started when he was one of the founder members of their Junior Club as an eight year old,

Speaking about his new role at the MNR, Mark said: “Railway engineering has been ingrained in me, both of my grandfathers worked at the Ashford Railway works in Kent. This is a great achievement for me being given this opportunity. The railway has enormous potential and I cannot wait to begin this journey and being part of the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s growth.”

THE MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY APPOINTS A TRACTION AND ROLLING STOCK MANAGER

The Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Trust Council has announced the appointment of Mr Mark Sexton as the railway’s first full time Traction and Rolling Stock Manager. This is the second recent full time appointment and continues the increase of the railway's paid staff.

As the Traction and Rolling Stock Manager, Mark will be in charge of the maintenance of all rolling stock on the railway and ensure that it meets the appropriate standards for safe operation on the railway. He will be working closely with the railway’s experienced volunteers and staff to carry out the work required.

Charlie Robinson the Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, that owns and runs the railway said: “We are delighted to welcome Mark to the railway as a full time staff member. His appointment is another step forward in the development of the railway as he becomes our first full time Traction and Rolling Stock Manager.

“Like all businesses the past year has been difficult, however we have also been looking to the future and where we can we have make decisions like this, to ensure the railway’s continued development”.

Mark has been appointed following a recruitment campaign that saw a number of suitably qualified candidates apply and follows a series of interviews to establish the best candidate for the job at the Mid Norfolk Railway.

Prior to his new appointment, Mark has been working at the North Norfolk Railway, where he was first employed as a trainee diesel fitter in 2012. Once trained Mark then worked his way up to become the Running and Maintenance Foreman of the North Norfolk Railway during 2015. Before becoming a member of staff at the NNR, Mark was a volunteer and indeed his interest in the railway first started when he was one of the founder members of their Junior Club as an eight year old,

Speaking about his new role at the MNR, Mark said: “Railway engineering has been ingrained in me, both of my grandfathers worked at the Ashford Railway works in Kent. This is a great achievement for me being given this opportunity. The railway has enormous potential and I cannot wait to begin this journey and being part of the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s growth.”

THE MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY APPOINTS A HEAD OF REFURBISHMENT As a sign of the continued development of the Mid-Norfolk Railw...
03/01/2021

THE MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY APPOINTS A HEAD OF REFURBISHMENT

As a sign of the continued development of the Mid-Norfolk Railway, the railway’s Trust Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Tony Dunford as the railway’s first Head of Refurbishment.

Tony joins the railway from Heritage Painting, but is no stranger to the railway as he has been working at Dereham for Heritage Painting on the various contracts they were awarded by the railway and also the resident Stratford 47 Group for much of the year.

Prior to working for Heritage Painting, Tony was well known at the East Lancashire Railway where after first joining as a volunteer in 1989, he spent 11 years from 2007 working his way up to become their Foreman of Carriage and Wagon Restoration.

George Saville, the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s General Manager said: "We are very pleased to welcome Tony to the railway as a full time staff member, he brings great expertise and knowledge and it means that the painting of our rolling stock will now be completed in house by our volunteers and Tony. It also brings a greater degree of flexibility to our future refurbishment projects and opens up opportunities for the railway going forward."

Tony’s first project for the railway will be joining the team that is conducting the lottery funded Mk1 restoration. There are two further coaches that are nearing completion which he will be carrying out the painting for. He will then be turning his attention to the painting of the MNR’s Class 101 DMU, once the external bodywork refurbishment is completed. The DMU will remain in its classic British Railways Green livery with yellow whiskers.

Speaking after his appointment Tony said: "I am very happy to join the railway following my move to Norfolk and I am looking forward to leading the refurbishment of the railway’s rolling stock as the railway continues to develop in the years to come."

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Dereham Station, Station Road
East Dereham
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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.

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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?
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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?