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The Dino Squad Express



Multiple types of dinosaurs throughout the experience.


Dino Themed refreshments


Exciting Dino activites at Dereham Station & onboard.


Runs twice a year in school holidays

Returning for 2024, The Dino Squad Express 

Come along to the Mid-Norfolk Railway for a prehistoric adventure and get up close to a variety of dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes.

Your journey begins at Dereham Station where you will be greeted by members of the Dino Squad and their Rangers. Once you embark on your steam* hauled train ride you will have the opportunity to meet some baby dinosaurs onboard at your table**, before pulling into Thuxton Station - keep your eyes peeled for a very special visitor who will be waiting to welcome you there. More baby dinosaurs will keep you entertained on the journey back to Dereham, where you will then be able to see the big carnivores....... watch out, they might be hungry!

Your ticket includes one round trip between Dereham and Thuxton (approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes***) at your pre-ordered time, as well as access to our station and marquee. In the marquee there will be dinosaur activities, photo opportunities and displays, as well as a gift shop. Our tea room will also be open providing refreshments and snacks for all ages, including special dinosaur-themed lunch boxes.

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TBC per person, includes one return trip between Dereham & Thuxton, plus access to the dinosaurs and activities at Dereham. Under 2s can travel for free on a paying adult's lap. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please note due to the age and style of our carriages we are unable to accommodate any wheelchairs onboard this service. Pushchairs and buggies may be left at Dereham Station.

Parking is available at Dereham Station on a first come first served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Please note that whilst some car parks in Dereham are currently free to park, some do have a maximum stay time limit. We ask that you plan your visit and parking accordingly. 

*Whilst every effort will be made to run the advertised Steam locomotive, we reserve the right to alter the allocation. We will try to announce any changes in advance where possible.

**Please note that tables are for four people, bookings not in multiples of 4 may be seated with another party. 

***Due to potential delays, this time is an estimation.

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