Picturesque County School has no trains running yet, but worth the visit. Preserved in its 1930’s condition. A display of items relating to the former Watt’s Naval Training School, which the station was built to serve. A minature railway, run by the North Norfolk Model Engineering Club, is located here. Grounds include picnic areas, wild flower meadow, footpaths. The station is open on selected days throughout the year.
MILES OF GLORIOUS HERITAGE LINE TO EXPLORE
North Elmham station no trains running yet... on our list though! It was part of the original Wymondham to Wells branch line. The station building was first opened in 1857 and closed to passenger services in 1964.
Dereham station is MNR’s Headquarters. A fine Victorian station restored to the way it would have looked in the late 1950’s when Dereham was an important railway junction. Featuring period ticket office, tearoom, souvenir shop and displays of local railway artefacts.
Yaxham station includes the Stationmaster’s house and also situated adjacent to the station is ‘Yaxham Light Railway’, a 2ft narrow gauge private heritage railway. Opens to public on special events.
Thuxton is a classic ‘Tudoresque’ station. Its signal box was demolished before 1955. The new box is fitted with a 26 lever McKenzie and Holland frame (1904) and recovered from Seven Sisters signal box in London.
Hardingham station was opened in 1847 and now in private ownership. It is open to public on specific days of the year. The signal box (recovered from Snettisham) took eight years of restoration by the current station owner.
Kimberley Park station - until 1923 the station was known just as ‘Kimberley’, but this was changed to avoid confusion with Kimberley station in Nottinghamshire.
Wymondham Abbey station ... a great destination for your picnic. Wymondham is an ancient market town with historic buildings including the Abbey (founded in 1107) unusual in having two towers. Wymondham mainline station is a 15 minute walk away and connects to Norwich, Thetford or Ely.
Wymondham Market Cross is a timber framed building erected in 1617, now home to the Tourist Information Centre.
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From Dereham, the stations south to Wymondham Abbey are Yaxham, Thuxton, Hardingham and Kimberley Park, are all being tastefully restored and retain many original features. To the north of Dereham, we are restoring the line through North Elmham and terminating at the County School station, where once stood the site of Watts Naval School (Sir John Mills, a famous British actor, was born here, where his father was a master) and within reaching distance of Fakenham and the Shrine at Walsingham and on to the pretty coastal town of Wells-Next-The-Sea on the North Norfolk Coast.
Our services are operated using a variety of steam and diesel locomotives and units throughout the year. The railway is mainly staffed by volunteers who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the line during your visit.
The Railway hosts a number of Special Events to suit all ages and interests from evening and weekend dining on 'The Breckland Fryer' to a series of themed transport, music, vintage and Beer festival days, from model rail exhibitions to Halloween, the Flying Scotsman Experience and The Polar Express Train Ride specials. Our facilities can be hired for weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties alike. Train services operate on weekends and weekdays between March to December. We look forward welcoming you very soon.
Our living landscape is a unique area supporting a huge range of wildlife, including the rare Stone Curlew, as well as many plants and insects found nowhere else in the country. From Common Lizards in the summer, Buzzards gliding across our 'Big-Skys', Dragonflies darting about, beautiful Hares often seen, Flycatchers, Pheasants, Little owls and Red, Roe, Fallow, Sika, Muntjac and Chinese water deer can all be seen ... so on your journey remember to keep an eye out along the line and ... don't forget your cameras and binoculars!
Mid-Norfolk Railway Route Map
This Google Map has been created by one of our volunteers.
Pinpointing every track, station, level crossing, bridge, milepost, historic trackbed and interesting walks along the route of the line.
17.5 miles (28 km) of trackbed
8 stations (5 MNR platforms)
26 level crossings (13 road crossings)
Address: Railway Station, Station Road, Dereham, NR19 1DF
Phone: 01362 857123
Dereham is a staffed station with a Ticket Office, Shop, Buffet, Museum and toilets. Disabled access available.
Please check our calendar for opening dates, the station is ordinarily open 30 minutes before the first train and 30 minutes after the last train.
Arriving by car: There is a free large carpark available on most running days. Satnav: NR19 1DF. On the A47, from either the Norwich/Swaffham direction, take the A1075 exit and then follow the signs to town centre and the brown tourist signs.
Arriving by bus: There are two bus stops nearby the station, served by KonectBus and First Bus . Further information available through Traveline.
Address: Cavick/Becketswell Road, Wymondham, NR18 9PH
Wymondham Abbey is our southern terminus of operations. It is a short walk away from the Abbey itself and the market town.
Please be aware that there are currently no public toilet facilities at this station.
Arriving by car: The station is nearby the Abbey. Wymondham itself is accessible via the A11 from Norwich and Thetford. There is a small carpark nearby, we recommend parking in the town centre and walking from there to the station using the fingerpost signs. Satnav: NR18 9PH
Arriving by bus: The nearest bus stop about 5 minutes away, is at Wymondham's Market Cross. It is served by KonectBus and First Bus. Further information available through Traveline.
Arriving by rail: A short walk of about 20 minutes from the station follow the fingerpost signposts to Wymondham Abbey. Wymondham mainline station is served by Greater Anglia. Further information available through National Rail.
Address: Holt Road, North Elmham, NR20 5LE
Currently County School station is not yet re-connected to the rest of the railway and has no standard-gauge trains serving it.
A miniature railway, run by the North Norfolk Model Engineering Club is being developed on the site and is planned to open to the public in 2021.
Opening dates and times: Station is viewable all year round. Tearoom open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when good weather permits (currently outside tables only)
Arriving by car: Located on the B1110 between Guist and North Elmham, a brown tourist sign will point you towards the station. A small carpark is available here. Satnav: NR20 5LE.