Steam Back to the Forties

17 & 18 September 2022

Swing back in time!

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Steam Back to the Forties, September 17 & 18 

We’ll meet again… on September 17 and 18!

Our famous Forties weekend is back. Join us for a weekend of live music, classic vehicles, vintage trade stands, historical displays, and wartime fashions, all accompanied by an intense train service!

Get involved with everything the event has to offer and travel along our 11 mile line all day with event tickets, or enjoy the goings-on at Holt station with a Display Only ticket.

  • Historical displays
  • Live Music throughout the weekend; scheduled to be confirmed
  • Refreshments available from the Station Buffet
  • Historical displays
  • Live music throughout the weekend; performance times to be confirmed
  • Food and drink available via Weybourne Station Buffet, NAAFI tent, Best Bar One, Hog Roast courtesy of Lilwalls Hog Roasts, and locally-made award winning ice cream from The Split-Screen Ice Cream Co
  • Parking available in Weybourne village; details to be released soon
  • Historical displays and trading stands
  • Live music throughout the weekend; performance times to be confirmed
  • Food and drink available via Holt Station Buffet, Best Bar One, Hog Roast courtesy of Lilwalls Hog Roasts, Fish & Chips, and locally-made award winning ice cream from The Split-Screen Ice Cream Co
  • Parking available in Holt; details to be released soon

Timetable

An intensive service will be planned between 10.00am and 5.00pm. More details will be announced in due course.

Tickets

Event tickets allow for Hop on – Hop off unlimited travel all day.

Tickets that allow access to displays, entertainment and traders at Holt only can be purchased separately.

Single tickets, returns to intermediate stations and platform tickets are not available at this special event.

Adult Event Day Rover £25

Child Event Day Rover £15

Family of Four Day Rover (2Ad + 2Ch or 1 Ad + 3Ch) £65

Dog £2.50

Adult Event Two-Day Rover £45

Child Event Two-Day Rover £25

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

Adult Event Day Rover £30

Child Event Day Rover £20

Family of Four Day Rover (2Ad + 2Ch or 1 Ad + 3Ch) £75

Dog £3.00

Adult Event Two-Day Rover £50

Child Event Two-Day Rover £30

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

Holt Only Adult Ticket £15

Holt Only Child Ticket £10

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

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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.

HOLT

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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