The North Norfolk Railway has unveiled outlined plans for its 2022 season including a varied programme of special events designed to appeal to the line’s wide audience of locals and holidaymakers, families and enthusiasts.

The season will commence on 12 February with steam trains in action daily for half-term week and trains will then run at weekends only until the end of March before running daily from April to October.

Special events include Steam Galas on 1 – 3 April and 27 – 29 August, a Mixed Traction Gala featuring steam and diesel locomotives on 10 – 12 June.

A highlight for many will be “Steam Back to the Forties” on 17 & 18 September while the 30 April – 2 May sees a return of the popular Dad’s Army Live event at Weybourne Station, itself a location for the filming of the classic series. Another weekend making a comeback in 2022 is the Beer & Cider Festival which will take place on 24 – 26 June.

Brand new for next year is the Sixties Weekend on 22- 24 July when the railway’s steam and heritage diesel trains of the era will be joined by a colourful line up of classic vehicles and live bands playing distinctive music of the times.

Autumn will see another new event at Hallowe’en before the line’s immensely popular seasonal offerings, the Norfolk Lights Express and Santa Specials take to the tracks in November and December.

Commercial Manager, Graham Hukins said, “After this year’s truncated season, it’s great to be planning such a varied and packed programme for 2022 featuring some brand new events, some returning after an enforced gap as well as those that we were able to stage this year.”

The full list for 2022 is . . .

February Half Term -12 – 19 February

Steam and heritage diesel trains running an off-peak timetable


Weekends 26 Feb – 27 Mar

Steam and heritage diesel trains running an off-peak timetable


Steam Trains Daily – 1 April – 31 October

Standard service most days with peak timetable during school holidays


Spring Steam Gala – 1, 2 & 3 April
Up to six locomotives in steam operating an intensive service


Easter Weekend – 14, 15, 16 & 17 April

A treat for the whole family


Dad’s Army Live – 30 April, 1 & 2 May
Wartime capers


Mixed Traction Weekend – 10, 11 & 12 June
Six or more steam and diesel locomotives in action plus heritage diesel multiple units to operate an intensive service


Beer & Cider Festival – 24, 25 & 26 June
Steam and heritage diesel trains plus traditional ales, ciders and more – many produced locally!

Vintage Transport Weekend – 2 & 3 July
Historic road vehicles descend on the railway to create a colourful spectacle alongside the steam trains


Vintage Week – 4 – 10 July
The line’s magnificent train of beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages will run in alongside standard services


Sixties Weekend – 23 & 24 July
Steam back to the swinging sixties and enjoy train travel, road vehicles, fashion and music of the era


Bank Holiday Steam Gala – 27, 28 & 29 August
Up to six locomotives in steam operating an intensive service


Steam Back to the Forties – 16 & 17 September
The railway’s popular 1940s Weekend returns for its 27th year – come and enjoy the atmosphere of this momentous decade


Hallowe’en Happenings – 27, 28, 29 & 30 October
You dare not miss this! Spooky goings on along the line


Weekends in November
Steam and heritage diesel trains running an off-peak timetable


The Norfolk Lights Express – 11 November – 2 January 2023
The popular illuminated train returns to provide an immersive show for the whole family. Most evenings 11 November – 2 January


Santa Specials – weekends in December
Take a steam train ride to meet Father Christmas – there’s a present for every child and seasonal refreshments for the whole family


Mince Pie Specials – 27 December – 2 January
A post-Christmas treat, a ride aboard a cosy steam train complete with a mince pie and mulled local cider


Further details will be available on the line’s website