A further update is available at https://www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk/post/2022-timetable-event-update
The Mid Norfolk Railway is running a static Mothering Sunday event this year at Dereham station, as unfortunately over running engineering works mean that the planned start of passenger services has had to be delayed.
Dereham station will however be open and families will be able to book a special Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea that will be served in one of the railways heritage carriages on Sunday 27 March. Details and tickets will be available from the Mid-Norfolk Railway website at midnorfolkrailway.co.uk/motheringsunday
“We are all obviously disappointed that we cannot welcome back our passengers in time for Mothering Sunday, but the work is essential for a safe railway. One of the challenges of running a heritage railway on this scale, is that of maintenance. Our ongoing programme of development and routine maintenance both finds old faults from British Rail days, as well as repairing and replacing parts of the railway that just wear out. The last two years have proved exceptionally difficult to conduct the level of work we would normally be able to do and also the loss of income has not helped.” Charlie Robinson, Chairman The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust
The railway is therefore planning to reopen on Saturday 30 April for a steam service over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Once normal timetabled service resumes the railway will be running a mix of Steam and Diesel locomotive-hauled trains, supported by Diesel Multiple Units.
In addition there will be a range of special weekends, with the year ending with the ever popular The Polar Express™ Train Ride running in November and December.
Last year’s successful 'kids go free with an adult' tickets have been retained on standard operating days for families to enjoy day at the railway experiencing the sight and sound of a working steam engines or diesel locomotives.