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“Heritage railway”

Mid-Norfolk Railway
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Dereham
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Owner description: The Mid-Norfolk Railway runs Heritage Steam and Diesel train services from the market town of Dereham to Wymondham in Norfolk, just outside Norwich. It is run entirely by volunteers, and operates a number of Special Events throughout the year.
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Two adults and two boys under 10 visited. First time for us all. It was a wartime experience weekend which was pretty good, with a lot of very enthusiastic volunteers. People dressed the part of 1940s army, navy and air force, and other auxiliaries and civilians. Lots of vehicles and other stuff on display. Impressed by all of that. However, the railway itself is not so impressive, although you have to give credit where due. There are many volunteers and money must be limited, so I shouldn't be too critical of what has to be a bit of a shoestring operation. Two 0-6-0 tank locos in steam. Coaching stock all fairly modern, with a lot just sitting in ridings, rusting away. Not much freight stock around to be seen. Family ticket £34 for the day. Took ride to Wymondham. No refreshments on train and nothing at Wymondham either. Very much a makeshift station at Wymondham. Train ride about 45 minutes each way so value pretty good, but facilities away from Dereham basically non-existent. Staff exemplary! Would I visit again? I'd have to think about that. At least I've finally got there.

Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Having visited a few heritage railways over the years this one has a certain charm about it. It is where the Severn Valley Railway was in the 1970’s in terms of expanding its offering. It is where some of the French and Belgium heritage lines are content to stay. Dereham and the being rebuilt Thruxton give the charm of an English branch line station. It’s nice to be puff slowly through the rolling Norfolk countryside behind a steam engine.

Would recommend a visit, try one of the theme days, we visited on the 1940’s weekend.

Thank David B
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Reviewed 3 August 2018

We made a last minute booking for a cream tea journey on this heritage railway line on the morning of the trip. I emailed at about 8:30, received a reply with 30 mins and had booked by phone within another 30 mins. It was a part of a day out in Norfolk and we arrived at the station in time to visit the small museum before boarding the train which arrived about half an hour before departure. During the 45 minute outward journey we were served a cream tea with scones, fresh strawberries, jam and cream and an abundance of tea or coffee. More tea was served on the return trip. The views from the train were pleasant and supported by a leaflet describing the journey. There are many heritage railways competing for the business. This was one of teh best.

Thank Alan R
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

the line is good, with a good regular service and nice views, we went on the Wartime weekend, that was REALLY good, but Thuxton & Yaxham Stations could do with work

the railway is good and they lost the cockerill to the MSLR, which is a shame, but they got 9466 which is a suitable replacement for now.

Thank Jackson M
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Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

We visited today as my 11 year old son is train mad. We timed it to get on the steam train and we loved the fact that it was a decent journey time. We boarded at Dereham and got off at Wymondham planning to have a little wander round the town. What we hadn't considered was that with it being a Sunday everything would be shut as we are not used to that where we come from! We did manage to get an ice cream and had a look round the abbey which was lovely. All in all we weren't disappointed as we do all love a train ride!

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