North Norfolk Railway
6th March 2017
The North Norfolk Railway operates both Steam and Diesel heritage services between Sheringham and Holt in North Norfolk. In 2016 the Railway carried around 166,000 passengers who enjoyed the scenic trip through the North Norfolk countryside.
The railway not only offers regular services which during the period April to October operate every day with the exception of two dates in October when Driver experience is scheduled. The services during the shoulder months of April, May , June and part of July also September and October have a Steam service complimented by a Diesel railcar service providing a 50 minute frequency while the remainder of July and august along with the other holiday periods of Easter and Whitsun operate with two steam trains. The tickets provide all day travel allowing passengers to jump on and off as they wish at the different stations which offer further opportunities such as access to Sheringham Park from Weybourne for a walk in the picturesque surroundings of the national trust property.
The towns of Sheringham and Holt are at either end of the line Holt is about a 30 min walk while the station at Sheringham is in the town. Parking at Sheringham is available in the North Norfolk District council car park while at Holt the Railway offers around 200 spaces at its station complex.
During the year there are various special events taking place starting with the Spring gala in April followed by the visit of Thomas and Percy over the May bank holiday weekend. Over Whitsun there is the Dads army event recreating the action from the episode made at the Railway many years ago. June sees the turn of the Diesel enthusiasts with the Diesel Gala which this year will be followed by the Tracks and Trenches event new to the event programme. July hosts the Vintage transport and Suburban week followed by the now very popular Beer festival with around 120 different beers.
Halloween week over half term and then the Santa specials followed by the Mince pie specials which start on Boxing day running through to New year’s day complete the years special event offerings.
Dining trains in different forms offer something different through the year with the added attraction of some services which will be announced shortly serving Cromer on the mainline.
All in all the North Norfolk Railway deserves its award received at the end of 2016 as the Best Large Attraction presented at the Tourism awards sponsored by the Eastern daily Press and Hoseasons.