Mixed Traction Gala

Friday 10, Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June 2022

Scheduled 11-engine line-up featuring a variety of steam and diesel locomotives, multiple units and shunters

  • SPECIAL GUEST LOCO – Newly restored Class 25, D7659

  • VISITING LOCOMOTIVE FROM DRS – details to be announced

  • Intensive service of passenger and parcels trains

  • Some non-stop express workings and selected double-heading

  • Buffet or bar car on many trains – Real Ale Bar at Sheringham

  • Save money with discounted fares when you book in advance

Our great value rover tickets are valid for unlimited travel allowing you to hop on and off all day!

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Mixed Traction Gala, 10, 11, 12 June

The North Norfolk Railway Mixed Traction Gala is back again for 2022.

  • Special guest – Class 25, D7659 courtesy of the Waterman Heritage Railway Trust
  • DRS locomotive; DRS have kindly offered to support our event again and will be sending us a locomotive for the weekend
  • Class 20, 20227, Sherlock Holmes, returning to Norfolk after a year away on mainline work
  • Class 31, D5631 in 1960s BR Green livery
  • Class 37, D6732 in its new coat of paint celebrating 60 years this year
  • Class 101 DMUs
  • Class 08 D3935
  • Class 08 D3940 on her first passenger turns following overhaul* (subject to confirmation)
  • At least two steam locomotives from the home fleet out each day

Newly restored Class 25, D7659, will be visiting from its Peak Rail base to headline at our annual Mixed Traffic Gala on 10, 11 and 12 June, working as part of an intensive line-up scheduled to include a variety of steam and diesel locomotives, multiple units and shunters.  

Owned by the Waterman Railway Heritage Trust, D7659 returned to service late last year after an absence of over 23 years and will be making her first appearance as a gala visitor following a restoration that amounted to a complete rebuild of the 1966-built locomotive. The Class 25 was the final locomotive built by Beyer Peacock at the historic Gorton Works in Manchester and during a 20-year working life with British Railways worked mainly in the Midlands and North West, but also saw service in Wales and Scotland and worked some summer holiday specials to Norwich in the 1970s.

Joining D7659 will be a second visitor courtesy of Direct Rail Services – the locomotive will be drawn from the DRS stabling point at Stowmarket and details will be confirmed nearer the event.

The line’s home fleet will also be out in force with popular Class 37, D6732, which recently celebrated her 60th Birthday; Class 31, D5631; and London Underground liveried Class 20, 20227 “Sherlock Holmes”, also starring at the event which features an intensive service of passenger and parcels trains, selected double-heading, non-stop expresses and other unusual workings. The line’s two Class 101 DMUs are also scheduled to appear too, alongside two of the railway’s resident steam locomotives.

Completing the line-up are the line’s two Class 08 shunters.  It is hoped that D3940, which returned to service in December following a lengthy overhaul, will be able to make her first passenger runs post overhaul. If plans come to fruition, the “Gronk” which was built at Derby in 1961 and is usually employed on shunting duties at Weybourne Shed, will join Horwich-built classmate, D3935, in action at the Gala. D3935 is currently the regular station pilot at Sheringham and is seldom seen on passenger duties.

The recently-repainted 4-car suburban set will be amongst the rolling stock in use while the line’s magnificently restored vintage train of four- and six- wheeled carriages, some dating from Victorian times, will also make an appearance. Additionally, a demonstration parcels train is planned to be in operation, showing the sorts of trains most branch lines would have seen during the British Railways era.

The art-deco Gresley Buffet Car, currently sporting 1960s “blood & custard” livery is also planned to be in service serving a selection of drinks, snacks and real ale. It is also planned to have a real ale bar at Sheringham with a variety of Norfolk ales available. Also making a welcome return will be Restaurant Buffet Car 1969, serving all sorts of tasty treats including the famous all-day breakfast!


An intensive timetable is planned, starting from around 9.00am each day.

Full details to follow


Both “the Gresley Buffet” and “Restaurant Buffet Car” will be in traffic serving a selection of onboard refreshments, there will also be the famous real ale bar at Sheringham, with a selection of offerings from local breweries.

Station buffets will be open at Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt too, serving a selection of sandwiches, home made cakes and light refreshments.


Adult Gala Day Rover £22.50

Child Gala Day Rover £15.00

Family of Four Gala Rover (2Ad + 2Ch or 1 Ad + 3Ch) £55.00

Family of Five Gala Rover (2Ad + 3Ch or 1 Ad + 4Ch) £65.00

Dog £2.50

Bicycle £2.50

Adult  Gala Two-Day Rover £40.00

Child Gala Two-Day Rover £27.00

Adult  Gala Three-Day Rover £55.00

Child Gala Three-Day Rover £35.00

Families wishing to travel on more than one day are advised that best value fares are obtained by booking family tickets for each day.

Subject to availability tickets can also be purchased from the ticket offices at Holt, Sheringham or Weybourne on the day of travel.

Adult  Gala Day Rover £25.00

Child Gala Day Rover £16.50

Family of Four Gala Rover (2Ad + 2Ch or 1 Ad + 3Ch) £60.00

Family of Five Gala Rover (2Ad + 3Ch or 1 Ad + 4Ch) £70.00

Dog £3.00

Bicycle £3.00

Adult  Gala Two-Day Rover £45.00

Child Gala Two-Day Rover £30.00

Adult  Gala Three-Day Rover £60.00

Child Gala Three-Day Rover £37.50

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Please note, operational or other considerations may make it necessary to alter, amend or cancel train services and other activities. The North Norfolk Railway cannot be held responsible for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.


There’s so much to see at the stations and in the surrounding area . . .

Holt is the western terminus of the railway and is around a mile from the town centre. The station is easy to reach by road,  just off the A148 at High Kelling, and has ample parking (for which we request a small donation) so is an ideal staring point for passengers wishing to travel to Sheringham and visit the town and seaside.

The town’s original station closed in 1964 and was demolished and part of the trackbed used for the A148 Holt Bypass – discover more about the original station here. The current station is a faithful recreation of an Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway country station, using buildings recovered from various locations in East Anglia. The station decor and artefacts are presented to give a flavour of the period shortly after  1936 when the London & North Eastern Railway took over full ownership of the M&GN.

The station boasts a small buffet and gift shop and a painstakingly created model railway. The William Marriott Museum, which tells the story of the M&GN, and the Railway Cottage – a small home made shortly after World War I by reusing a redundant railway carriage – are open on many days (subject to volunteer availabilty).

The town of Holt is well worth a visit. Energetic passengers can stroll into the town centre – the walk will take around 25 minutes – while many will prefer to hop on one of the buses that stop on the road opposite the station entrance for a short five minute trip into town.  The town features many Georgian buildings and a wide Market Place.

Weybourne’s atmospheric station is a a real gem. There is very limited parking, so the best way to arrive is by train! Hop off and soak up the period atmosphere or take a walk to Weybourne village a mile or so away or to the nearby Sheringham Park. For those not wanting to venture too far, the footbridge affords panoramic views back towards Sheringham and down to the sea and is a good spot to watch trains approaching.

Originally built to capitalise on the “Poppyland” holiday boom, the station served a nearby hotel that was demolished in World War II . It oozes Edwardian charm and has been restored to close to it’s original condition sporting the tan and cream colour scheme used by the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway at the time. Discover more of about the history of Weybourne station and village.

The former parcels office has been converted into a small period style souvenir shop and buffet. The three picnic areas provide ample space to relax and watch the trains arrive and depart. Historic goods vehicles in the bay platform add to the atmosphere and one, a Southern Railway parcels van, houses a model railway.

Most trains will pass another here, so you make the most of your rover ticket by changing from one to another.

Sheringham’s imposing station houses the booking office, waiting room and buffet. The Old Luggage Office buffet is in an area once used to store the many suitcases and trunks that the Victorian tourists travelling to Sheringham required. Today, it offers the chance to relax over a drink or light lunch and watch the trains come and go.

The station has been restored to close to its 1955 appearance, when British Railways was responsible for the line. The distinctive deep blue station totems and matching enamel signs are evocative of that period. The footbridge provides an excellent vantage point from which to watch trains arrive, or the engine “run round” to the other end of its train ready for the next trip to Holt.

Passengers starting their journey here can arrive by Great Anglia trains from Cromer and Norwich (the mainline station is just across Station Road), by bus (they stop right outside) or by car (there is a large pay and display car park adjacent to the station).

For those arriving on one of our historic trains, there’s a chance to visit the town’s many independent shops, stroll to beach and promenade or venture slightly further to join the Norfolk Coastal Path and enjoy a cliff top walk or climb Beeston Bump (a distinctively-shaped local hillock). The town museum includes a Windfarm Visitor Centre where you can discover more about the arrays that have been built offshore.

Find out more about Sheringham station and town.

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