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Weybourne Station



A delightfully preserved country station which also houses our locomotive shed together with our carriage maintenance and restoration centre. 

A wedding licence has been granted to allow couples to get married at the station so you might even see a bride and groom alight from the train here!

Location

An attractive rural station about 1000 yards from the village centre. The station is signposted from the coast road, the turning is just opposite the church.

From the A148 you need to turn towards the coast just before the village of Bodham if coming from Kings Lynn, just after the village if from the Cromer direction.

A detailed map is available.

The main station was built in 1900 although other structures, of the appropriate era, such as the signal box, waiting room and footbridge have been 'imported' from other locations. (BR, on the closure of the line, raised the station and track, apart from the main station building). Its main claim to fame is as the location of the 'Dad's Army' episode, Royal Train, although it is frequently used by other film makers and artists.

There is limited space for parking, 15 cars, but the car park is normally closed during special events. There is ample parking at Holt station and a Council 'Pay and Display' car park at Sheringham.

We regret that the car parking at Weybourne Station will be severely restricted, whilst work to build a new Machine Shop takes place in the adjoining yard. This work has already started. We apologise for this restriction which arises from our continued drive to improve the facilities on the Railway. 

There is no method of reaching the station by public transport, although the Stagecoach Norfolk Green 'Coasthopper' bus service runs through the village, as does Go-Ahead KonectBus service 22 'The Norfolk Coaster'. 

Many walks can be made from Weybourne. You can return to Sheringham through Sheringham Park, or you may decide to take one of the several walks which are available through Weybourne Woods, Kelling Heath or Sheringham Park. There is direct access to the Kelling Nature Trail, or you can walk down to the sea and take the coastal footpath back to Sheringham. Why not walk one way and take the train back? We sell single tickets to accommodate walkers. Please pick up a free leaflet outlining these walks from one of our booking offices.

Please click here for details of wheelchair access.

Railway Facilities

Facilities at Weybourne consist of a small shop and buffet selling sandwiches, soft drinks, coffee etc. You can enjoy a cup of tea from the buffet and take advantage of the picnic area to watch the trains come and go. At weekends there is a bookshop selling a wide range of old railway books and magazines, together with railway videos and some CDs commemorating times past on the M&GN.

The signal box is in operation during the Red and Yellow Timetables and for special events. At the discretion of the signalman on duty, passengers are sometimes welcome to view the interior of the box, which was originally at Holt.

The station is supported by a small group, the 'Friends of Weybourne', who help to maintain the buildings and gardens. New members are always welcome. If you can manage even a day a month to help with painting or gardening, or even with manning the ticket office or buffet/shop, your help will be very much appreciated. Contact volunteerenquiries@nnrailway.co.uk for details.

Weybourne is a much filmed location. Amongst its major credits are:

Hi De Hi

Love on a Branch Line

Dad's Army (The Royal Train)

The Lost Prince

Over the winter of 2004/2005, the station was re-roofed and the canopy was replaced and cantilevered from the main station building. This returned the station to its original 1900 appearance. The gents' toilet has also recently been restored to its original condition and a disabled toilet has been installed.

Click here for details of the facilities at all of our stations.

History

Weybourne station is a mix and match site. The main station building, which was built in 1900 and opened in 1901, is largely in its original form. Whilst the majority of the station buildings on the M&GN were built in a number of standard styles, Weybourne station was unique. This may be because of the large hotel, the 'Weybourne Springs Hotel' which was built nearby and in the same timescale. The hotel was a baroque building and was intended to cater for the 'upper class'. However it was never successful and was demolished in 1940. The signal box at Weybourne was originally at Holt whilst the waiting room on platform 1 is a faithful replica of the original building, which stood in this location. During the Second World War, Weybourne served the large Army camp which was on the site now occupied by the Muckleburgh collection.

Weybourne Sheds and Yard

Unfortunately, except during some special events, the Yard is not normally open to members of the public. This is, regrettably, because of the high insurance costs together with current Health and Safety legislation. There is plenty to fall over and down!

On selected dates we operate Behind The Scenes Tours, taking passengers along the line in either our Diesel Multiple Unit or Diesel Railbus. At Weybourne guided tours are given of the locomotive and carriage and wagon sheds. Full details of these tours are available here.

There are good views of the yard from the footbridge and the public footpath to Sheringham, which runs alongside the line.

The engine and carriage sheds have recently been doubled in size, which now allows the majority of work to be undertaken inside, away from the weather!

The North Norfolk Railway would like to acknowledge the following organisations for their financial assistance with a large number of projects on the line, including the Weybourne shed extensions:

 

European Union (European Development Fund)
Norfolk County Council
EEDA

Future Plans

The staff facilities block will be completed, along with a public viewing area.

Other Stations

Sheringham

Kelling Heath Halt

Holt