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News Archive 2014

Updated 29 September 2014

Members' Day 2014

We are looking forward to welcoming the members of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society to the North Norfolk Railway this Saturday as part of their annual Members' Day. 

A final timetable for the day is now available to download as a PDF file from the M&GN's Website by clicking here.

Three of the Society's locomotives - Wissington, the B12 and Brush Type Two D5631 will be in service, hauling either the 'Society Special' Vintage Set, Quad-Art Set No.74 or a rake of Mk.I coaches within which is marshaled the Muddle and Go Nowhere Real Ale Bar Car.

The railway requests that all members and shareholders of the Society present their relevant cards at one of the railway's Ticket Offices to obtain a complimentary travel ticket prior to travelling, your card alone is not sufficient for travel, a ticket must be obtained.

Further details about the Society and this event are available from the M&GN's website, www.mandgn.co.uk.

 

Updated 12 August 2014

The North Norfolk Railway is pleased to announce that the iconic locomotive - B1 No. 61306 MAYFLOWER is to join our Railway. We are extremely proud to have achieved this and look forward to operating the B1 on our lovely seaside Railway.

Mayflower arrives in Sheringham early next week and she will be out in traffic as soon as possible. This means that we will have an additionally iconic engine running at our forthcoming Steam Gala 29th to 31st August. She will be running alongside the B12 No. 8572; 9F Black Prince; Standard 4 76084; Stanier 5MT 44767; and the other two important guest locos Dinmore Manor 7820 and Stanier 5MT 45305.

 

Gallopers at Holt Station

It is with regret that the North Norfolk Railway has to announce that due to the owner / operator being injured, the Vintage Fairground Gallopers which were planned to be at Holt Station between mid-May and mid-September will not be attending the railway during 2014. This is contrary to as advertised in our 2014 Guide and Timetable. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any disappointment this may cause you.

Parking at Weybourne Station

We regret that the car parking at Weybourne Station will be severely restricted, other than at weekends, during the summer of 2014 whilst work to build a new Machine Shop takes place in the adjoining yard. This work has already started. We apologize for this restriction which arises from our continued drive to improve the facilities on the Railway. 

Updated 02 August 2014

Please find below current information regarding the service we are providing over the 2014 Summer Season; further to this we would like to thank all those who contributed towards our 2014 Beer Festival, over 12,500 pints of Beer and Cider were deliverd to Sheringham station before the start of the weekend and we had what can only be described as dregs left over on Monday morning! The railway would not only like to thank the customers for coming, but also thank the staff and volunteers who made the festival happen! Once again the event was a roaring success, another record breaker! We look forward to welcoming everyone back to our 2015 event, which will be our 14th Annual Beer Festival.

Now we are open every day through the summer, with a Red Timetable operating up until our Grand Steam Gala at the end of August, and after that event we will be operating a Yellow Service up until our 1940s Weekend over the 20th and 21st September. Tickets are now on sale for both of these events, also our Santa Special services in the run up to Christmas. There is no need to book in advance for our normal service days (Red and Yellow timetables), you can just turn up and buy your tickets on the day.

 

Updated 5th June 2014

Diesel Gala News

Full passenger timetables are now available for our Diesel Gala. These feature locomotive allocations for all passenger trains. Details of light engine and empty coaching stock movements can be found in a souvenir guide book available for purchase on the day. 

'They thought it was all over?' - 5/6 April 2014

They Thought It Was All Over Poster

Marking 50 years froIt is with regret that the North Norfolk Railway has to announce that due to the owner / operator being medically unfit, the Vintage Fairground Gallopers that were planned to be at Holt Station between mid-May and mid-September will not be attending the railway during 2014. This is contary to as advertised in our 2014 Guide and Timetable. We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any disappointment this may cause you.m the closure of the line to Melton Constable back on Saturday 4th April 1964, the North Norfolk Railway and the M&GN Joint Railway Society are gearing up for what is set to be a memorable weekend on the NNR.

The last train to run under British Railways ran on Saturday 4th April 1964, and we will be running special services almost 50 years to the day on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April 2014.

The Muddle and Go Nowhere Real Ale Bar car will be in service, sporting the usual refreshing array of draught real ales and all the other refreshments you'd expect to find in such a fine establishment.

Visitors are encouraged to wear clothes of the period - "Dress jazzy and look smart" being the tagline! It is hoped that several local 'Mods' will be visiting the railway, setting up shop on Platform 2 at Sheringham with their collection of Vespa motorcycles. On Sunday, look out for the NNR's own traveling skiffle band Phil and the Eccentrics who will be making a debut performance out the back of an Austin A35 van.

To view a Timetable for this weekend, click here.

Stops at Kelling Heath marked with an 'R' are request stops, passengers should inform the guard that they wish to alight the train here prior to the departure of the previous station, if you wish to board the train here, please clearly indicate to the driver, from the platform, that you wish for the train to stop.

 

Latest Information - 28 February 2014

The General Manager of the North Norfolk Railway, Trevor Eady, has released this statement following the withdrawal of 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley from it's 2014 March Steam Gala.

"Network Rail have advised that the A4 Sir Nigel Gresley will not be permitted to use the Norwich to Sheringham Line due to weight restrictions. This information has been given to us at a very late stage when the formal route permissions had already been issued. The North Norfolk Railway is devastated at this news as it has strived to bring this Iconic locomotive to the Railway for sometime. The owners of the Locomotive are likewise extremely disappointed as will be all the visitors planning to see the Locomotive during its visit. All the paperwork had been provided to Network Rail as requested at the end of 2013 and all appeared to have been cleared for the operation this late decision is extremely disappointing and damaging to the Railways reputation. We hope that everyone still attends the Gala which will feature all our based loco’s including the newly returned to service George Stephenson Black five and the Standard 4 76084."

Updated 22 January 2014

In the light of a recent press release from the promoters of the Norfolk Orbital Railway project, North Norfolk Railway plc has issued the following statement to correct any misconception:

The North Norfolk Railway owns the line between Sheringham and Holt station, and will not in any way compromise the operation of heritage trains.  It is the NNR's firm intention and strategy to continue to present the past as a vibrant attraction in the present, as one of the UK's leading preserved railways.  The NNR is broadly sympathetic to the aims of the promoters of the Norfolk Orbital Railway, but will never allow the heritage railway to be downgraded in any way.  With a record number of 157,800 passengers carried in 2013, the NNR is making a valuable contribution to tourism and the economy of the region.

Updated 10 January 2014

The North Norfolk Railway thanks visitors, staff and volunteers alike for a record breaking year!

During 2013, the railway carried 157,800 passengers, this was a 6% rise from 2012.Railway General Manager, Trevor Eady reports:

"Our volunteers and staff have produced an outstanding result, especially given the year's constraints on disposable income and a weather-hit Spring Gala at the start of the season. Key factors in the performance were an excellent August, and record traffic levels at Day Out With Thomas in May, the summer Steam Gala, and the September '40s Weekend."

We look forward to welcoming all vistors, new and returning, to the railway during our 2014 season which starts for February Half Term.

For 2013 Archived News, please click here.