Over the past few weeks the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted businesses very severely. No corner of our lives seems untouched or immune to its effects – this includes the Heritage Railway Movement. Following Government instructions we have had to close the railway and we do not know when we will be permitted to reopen. This is hitting the North Norfolk Railway particularly hard coming at the start of our season.
Although there are Government initiatives in place to soften the blow, these are slow in coming through. We have taken actions to limit our outgoings, including furloughing the staff. But, in the meantime we need to pay the staff and subsequently claim the refund from HMRC – that means having cash available at a time when our income is zero.
We therefore need to ask for your help: – we understand it may be difficult for many given employment and financial uncertainties. Our Emergency Appeal (see below) is to help see our Railway through this difficult time, and make sure we’re in good shape and ready to open again as soon as possible.
How to Help:
- Donate by card payment to North Norfolk Railway Plc using https://shop.nnrailway.co.uk/
- Send a cheque donation made payable to North Norfolk Railway Plc to Accounts Department, North Norfolk Railway, Station Approach, Sheringham Norfolk NR26 8RA. (please include your name and address on the back).
Shares can be purchased – initial holding minimum is now £25 (lowered from the £250 previously required), and can be up to £500,000. Click here for Shareholder Application FormPlease complete the form and send to: Accounts Department, North Norfolk Railway, Station Approach, Sheringham NR26 8RA. Due to current circumstances it may be several weeks before share certificates are issued.
- If you wish the forms can be printed, completed, scanned and returned to email@example.com If emailing the form, please undertake a bank transfer as per donations and put ‘NNR shares’ along with your surname and postcode in the reference field and include a payment date on the form with a note stating that a bank transfer has already been made.
Please take care and keep safe and well. Together with your help we will make sure that the North Norfolk Railway we all love will be back open as soon as we can.
Thank you for your support in our time of need.
North Norfolk Railway plc
From the smart Victorian seaside resort of Sheringham to the Georgian town of Holt, the North Norfolk Railway runs through the county’s most stunning coastal scenery.
Operated almost entirely by Volunteers from all walks of life, the line is East Anglia’s premier heritage railway.
Steam trains operate daily from April to October*
*See Timetables for additional services and exceptions. Please note that all train services and attractions are subject to amendment or cancellation without notice. The NNR cannot be held responsible for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
If ever you get chance to sample one of these meals you must go for it. I can’t praise the evening enough. We were pampered incredibly. It felt like we were on the Orient Express. We started at Sheringham, were given our main course on the way up to Holt as the sun was setting in the distance. At Holt we came back and were fed our second course, the main course, back up to Holt we were given our desserts and back down to Sheringham we were given our coffee and mint. Overall the experience was superb.
What a brilliant day out. There seemed to be more people in period costume than without! Lots of Steam engines and a frequent service so many people, what an atmosphere! Even our dog was happy. Sheringham was also decked out with unexploded bombs and a crashed Messerschmitt 109 sticking out of a shop!
FANTASTIC DAY OUT!
A must if you love steam trains! If we had been in the area for more than a day and a half, we would probably have spent the whole day on the railway and made even better use of our rover tickets. The staff / volunteers were friendly and helpful, both the trains we went on were pulled by steam and the timetable allowed us time to walk the mile and a quarter from Holt station into the town itself for lunch. Thoroughly recommended!
EXCELLENT FOR A RAINY DAY!
It’s raining in North Norfolk: Poppy Line to the rescue! After a few Engine Driver brew teas in the brightly appointed Station Buffet, we gently steamed to Holt with the Black Prince – a mighty engine at that! At Holt, the excitement of uncoupling and re-coupling all steam, commotion, and smoke. An excellent morning out, the rain was forgotten!
SUPERB… AND DOG FRIENDLY TOO!
North Norfolk is a great place for a family holiday with a dog and we loved that our dog was made so welcome on the Poppy Line / North Norfolk Railway. We boarded the train in Sherjngham and went to Holt. Stunning views along the way! We walked about 25 minutes into the town of Holt and caught a vintage bus back to the train station. At Holt, there is a railway cottage and a miniature model railway to see.
On the train on the way back, we managed to get ourselves a first class compartment, which was great fun!
Thank you for my first experience on the gin train – it was excellent, everything was wonderful so much better than I expected. It was a brilliant evening and so relaxing. All staff were great and we had are own waitress who told us all about all the different gin’s as we went on our train journey. The Manager Angela came round and spoke to us all and asked if everything was ok. Superb!