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  • Summer Steam Gala 2024

    The MNR is pleased to announce the long awaited return of our Steam Gala on 28th, 29th and 30th June. To celebrate the reopening of our line between Dereham and Wymondham, we have been able to secure two guest steam locomotives to accompany our resident British Rail Standard 4MT 80078. ​ We are also delighted to be able to announce that for the first time in the history of the Mid Norfolk Railway, we will be operating two trains which will both be running with matching Mk1 and Mk2 Maroon carriages. ​ Our first confirmed visiting loco is Great Western Railways 2-6-2 Large Prairie 4144, courtesy of Didcot Railway Centre. Built in September 1946, 4144 was withdrawn from service at the Severn Tunnel Junction depot in 1965 and was destined for cutting up until it was taken on for preservation in 1974. The rebuild was completed in 1997 and the locomotive was back in service in 1998. ​ Our second visitor is the mighty Southern Railways 4-6-2 "Battle of Britain" Class 34072, 257 Squadron, appearing courtesy of Spa Valley Railway and Southern Locomotives Limited. Battle of Britain class 34072, designed by Oliver Bulleid, was built in 1948 and withdrawn from BR service in 1964. It was purchased by Southern Locomotives Ltd and restored at Swindon in 1990, moving to Swanage in 1992. ​ The Steam Gala will consist of an intense and varied timetable across the three days from Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June. We will publish this on our website at when it becomes available. On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th the first train of the day will be a Bacon Roll Special, departing Dereham at approximately 8.15am (tbc) and travelling non-stop to Wymondham Abbey. We will also be running a Cream Tea Special hauled by a different loco on each day of the gala. Our popular Breckland Fryer will be running on Saturday 29th which will be pulled by at least one of the visiting locomotives. Prices and pre-booking for Dining Services will be available in the coming days. ​ We can also confirm that both visiting locos will be available for Driver Experiences on select days before and after the gala - We will publish this on our website at when it becomes available.

  • MNR plans to reopen to Wymondham for Diesel Gala following bridge works

    Today, the Mid-Norfolk Railway is pleased to announce that we are planning to reopen the line to Wymondham Abbey in time for our Diesel Gala weekend over the May bank holiday weekend. The gala event will see an intensive timetable operate with our home fleet of Diesel locomotives as well as visiting locomotive from Rail Operations Group. Over the last year and a half, much fundraising has taken place to enable this work to progress. We are thankful to everyone who donated to the Back on Track Appeal. There’s a special donor’s day on 1st June. Since the old way beams and track were removed, the bridge has been inspected, cleaned and repainted in a protective coating, with the new way beams and track going in before the gala. In addition to the bridge works our Permanent Way team have also been undertaking considerable rail and sleeper replacement along this section. Chairman James Oakley said “Whilst everyone has been frustrated with the time it has taken to reach this stage, we are all very excited to be returning to Wymondham for our Diesel gala event. We cannot thank everyone enough who has donated to the Back on Track appeal, all our volunteers, staff and contractors, who have worked so hard to get us to this stage” Details of all our timetables and fares and those for the Diesel Gala, including advance discounted tickets and timetables, will be available shortly at

  • The Polar Express™ Train Ride 2024 - Ticket launch on 23rd April

    "One thing about trains: it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on." The Mid-Norfolk Railway is pleased to announce that the amazing train ride to the North Pole is back for 2024 and tickets will be available to purchase on Tuesday 23rd April from 10am onwards. Join us for a magical journey where you will be entertained by our Chefs and The Conductor on board. Keep warm with your delicious hot chocolate and cookie, but remember to keep looking out for the big man himself! Tickets can be purchased only online via our website at Well, you coming? THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s24) This event is run by The Mid-Norfolk Railway (Trading) Ltd. Company number: 10731804. Registered office: The Railway Station, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF. Trading as the Mid-Norfolk Railway. All profits from the event are used to further the aims of The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust.

  • Back On Track Update: Crownthorpe Bridge & Wicklewood maintenance

    Work to bring Crownthorpe Bridge back in to use and allow the Mid-Norfolk Railway to recommence train operations from Dereham through the communities of Kimberley and Wymondham continues at pace. At the moment, the Mid-Norfolk Railway is operating trains between Dereham and Thuxton with occasional trains stopping at Hardingham too. With the bridge waybeams removed a couple of weeks ago, structural inspections focusing on corrosion and protection have taken place earlier in the week and decisions on what – if any – further remedial work will be required aside from the waybeam renewals. Whilst these visits took place, volunteers were also present undertaking a number of activities from vegetation clearance to preparing the bridge for the waybeam installation which is expected to take place shortly. Also last week, attention was focussed elsewhere in the temporarily closed section at Wicklewood - Rails already identified that required replacing due to the bridge above causing water run off over many years onto the rails below are an example of preventative maintenance to avoid complications in the future. We continue to welcome donations for the continuing maintenance and expansion of the railway - more information at

  • Return of the Car Boot

    We are pleased to announce that following the success of our Car Boot sales in 2023 that they are returning for 2024! ​ All car boots will be held within Dereham Station Car Park (NR19 1DF) and that our station café/tearoom will open throughout serving hot & cold drink and food. ​ We can confirm that car boots will be hosted at Dereham Station on every third Tuesday of the month starting in March and finishing in October. This falls to the following dates: ​ Tuesday 19th March Tuesday 16th April Tuesday 21st May Tuesday 18th June Tuesday 16th July Tuesday 20th August Tuesday 17th September Tuesday 15th October ​ The car boot will be open from 10am to 1pm for the general public. Further information and how to bring your car boot at

  • Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea at Dereham Station Tea Room

    Treat your mother to a delicious Afternoon Tea from Dereham Station Tea Room. You can choose to enjoy a tempting selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes in the ambience of our authentic period Tea Room or you can takeaway to enjoy elsewhere. Prices: Sit In - £15.00 per person @ either 12:30pm or 2:30pm Takeaway - £12.00 per person (available to collect from 11am until 3pm) ​ To Book: Call us on 01362 690633 between the hours of 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Final bookings must be made prior to 3pm Friday 8th March 2024. Please note that no train travel is included within this. Further information at

  • Alice on the Wondertrain

    28th, 29th, 30th, 31st March 2024 Alice on the Wondertrain is an immersive theatrical live train experience, engaging audiences in a fantastical story to meet the array of marvellous characters from Alice in Wonderland as never before. While travelling on the Wondertrain, this unique adaptation will see you join Alice on a journey of self-discovery. Featuring comedy, original music, dance, multi-sensory elements, and full audience interaction, join us for an extraordinary trip suitable for all ages in Easter 2024 on the Mid-Norfolk Railway. Created by Twisted Reality Productions - the theatrical team behind MNR's The Polar Express Train Ride. More information at

  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    The Mid-Norfolk Railway would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year and thank you for supporting us throughout the year. The Polar Express™ Train Ride 2023 ends today, and all our cast and working members deserve a good rest. We will be back in 2024, we will email everyone in the new year to update you about ticket availability. We are excited to announce that in conjunction with Twisted Reality Productions (created by the theatrical team behind our The Polar Express™ Train Ride production) is bringing a new and immersive theatrical live train experience, Alice on the Wondertrain, to Norfolk in Easter 2024. This unique adaptation of Alice in Wonderland will see you join Alice on a journey of self-discovery, featuring comedy, original music, dance, multi-sensory elements, and full audience interaction. We believe that Alice on the Wondertrain is an extraordinary trip that you wouldn’t want to miss. Book your tickets now and join us for an unforgettable experience – further information at Other special events planned for 2024 include: Model Railway Exhibition (2 March), Vintage Bus Day (12 May), Diesel Gala (25-27 May), Steam Gala (28-30 June) 1940s Weekend (3-4 August), Dino Squad Express (15 August), Beer Festival (23-26 August), Heritage Open Days (14-15 September), Mixed Traffic Gala (27-29 September). We will also be bringing back our popular Cream Tea, High Tea, Fish & Chip Trains, as well as Murder Mysteries. Dereham and County School station tea rooms are planned be open on a wider variety of days in 2024, they are shown on our calendar. The 2024 season calendar and timetables are available on our website at with a reopening date of Wednesday 21st February.

  • Special train ride for Ukrainian children

    The Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Polar Express season has begun with a special performance for Ukraine children currently living in Norfolk who have escaped from the ongoing war in their Country. As a leading railway charity, the Mid-Norfolk Railway takes its place in the local community seriously and the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust Council wanted to make this gesture of support to the children and families that find themselves living in Norfolk as a result of the conflict in their country. Graham Watts, the Chairman of the Railway said: "The War in Ukraine is in the news still on a regular basis and it is now two years since this conflict began, there is little we can do, however what we can do is hopefully bring some fun and joy at this time of time of the year to these families that find themselves living here in Norfolk not through choice”. The trip on The Polar Express Train Ride was organised in conjunction with Dereham Ukraine Centre, which saw 145 Ukraine refugees and their Norfolk host families from Dereham and the surrounding villages, enjoy their Polar Express experience on the railway. The majority of tickets for this year's season have now been sold with just a few pairs still available from the railway’s website. The outline for next year’s programme is now on the railway’s website with more details of events being published soon.

  • A Year of Progress at the Mid-Norfolk Railway

    As the summer running season at the Mid-Norfolk Railway ends and preparations for this years Polar Express event continues, the railway is pleased to highlight the progress made this year despite some set backs. Crownthorpe Bridge The work to replace the life expired waybeams that carry the rails across Crownthorpe Bridge will, together with associated track work replacement that is needed to run to Wymondham, be completed before the next summer’s running season begins. This work has been partially funded due to the generosity of supporters who have donated over £40000 so far. This sum together with some funding from general railway funds and through the efforts of the Head of Permanent Way (P-Way) to source materials means the project can now proceed at a lower cost than first anticipated. Donations however will still be gratefully accepted via the railway's Back on Track appeal. Garvestone Level Crossing In what has been an exceptionally busy year for the Permanent Way Department, before this work can commence however, the department has completed the relaying of the level crossing at Garvestone. This work together with other essential work has been carried out to ensure that trains could continue to run to Thuxton and to ensure the line is ready for Polar Express. Dereham Platform Extension & Polar Express Contract The Permanent Way Department has also extended Platform 2/3 at Dereham, this has been an aspiration for some years, but with the signing of a contract that gives the MNR a franchise to run 'The Polar Express Train Ride' for the next seven years the work has now been been undertaken. This work removes the costs of the temporary scaffolding platform that can now be dispensed with and therefore improves the profit margin for this key funding activity for the railway. Annual General Meeting 2023 Another sign of progress this year has been the very successful Annual General Meeting that was held during September. At the meeting, attended by one of the largest turnouts of members for many years, a secret ballot election was held to fill the six Trust Council places that required filling. The ballot was caused by nine members standing. The result of the ballot saw six new members elected and means that with the new members from last year including incoming Chairman, Graham Watts, the majority of the Trust Council will have changed in the 12-month period between AGMs. Mr Watts said: “I take this as a very encouraging sign that members have been prepared to stand and are bringing their professional experience in a wide range of areas to the railway. This is essential if the Trust Council is to develop the business and achieve the Charitable Aims of The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust.” Charlie Robinson the outgoing Chairman of the MNRPT said: “As I stand down from the chairmanship, I would like to thank the Trustees who have worked with me during my chairmanship for their hard work. Some, such as John Hull and Barry Woodgett are the pioneers who have been involved since the very beginning and have been long-standing members of the Trust Council. “As they now step down as Trustees, it is for the new Trustees and those that remain to now ensure we take the railway forward as a sustainable business.” Events and Coaches Other development this year have seen the successful reintroduction of events such as the Beer Festival and the addition of new events such as the Dino Trains. To facilitate these and other future services, a new rolling stock plan has been announced that has meant the railway has bought a Mk 1 duel braked BFK coach E14023. This new coach, it is planned, will after some minor refurbishment including a complete repaint, enter service next year and will mean the railway will be able to create two rakes of vacuum braked heritage coaches. This will allow regular two train operations. In due course one set of five coaches will remain in British Railways Maroon livery and the other of four will carry the British Rail Blue Grey livery of the 1970s. Work on E14023 has already begun as the repaint of FK E13447 into a matching Maroon livery with the rest of the MNR Mk1 and 2 operational fleet has been completed. These two rakes of coaches plus the railways MK 3 white liveried coaches that are used for The Polar Express Train Ride will therefore allow several coaches that are currently out of service and are surplus to future plans to be disposed of and the money raised invested back into the operational fleet. Tony Dunford the MNR Head of Traction and Rolling Stock Restoration said: “The purchase of the brake coach is significant, the costs and time involved in acquiring it and then bringing it into service are significantly less than the refurbishment of a coach we already own. “This in turn brings forward the day when we will have the two MK1/2 Vacuum braked sets in service and means the railway will have much greater flexibility in the future to plan and run our services.” Paul Mobbs Legacy The railway has also this year received as a gift from the estate of the late Paul Mobbs, class 03 diesel shunter D2063/03063. This together with a goods wagon and a Conflat A that also formed part of the bequest, now join the railway’s fleet. The 03 once brought into service will become the railway primary shunter for Dereham. Mr Mobbs was a long time member of the railway who contributed in may ways. Signalling Update The work of the Signal and Telegraph Department continues at the railway to maintain and install new signalling along the line from Dereham south to Wymondham continues to make good progress. Dereham and Thuxton are approaching completion and the focus will now move to Wymondham, where the former Spooner Row Signal Box, now named Wymondham Church Lane, is now nearing the end of its refurbishment ready for handover to the S&T Dept to begin the installation of the signalling equipment to control this part of the railway. Change Management Working Group Behind the scenes the work of the Change Management Working Group continues having been given a remit to review, update and introduce new policies and procedures for the better governance of the railway. Operations Manager As part of this work the Trust Council has appointed Mark Collinson, as the new full-time Operations Manager. Mr Collinson rejoins the railway after working elsewhere in the Heritage Railway industry and will take on the day-to-day management of the railway operations. Struggles, progress and looking forward Summing up the year Graham Watts, the new Chairman of the MNRPT, said: “Of course not running to Wymondham this year has been disappointing, but despite that the railway is making progress and the key objective of the new Trust Council is to stabilise the business, to ensure we have the policies, procedures and good governance practices in place to run and develop the business so that we are financially stable and working towards our charitable aims. Everyone is looking forward to The Polar Express Train Ride and then it is our intention to run a full programme of events next year for the first time since 2019”. Events for 2024 Our website has now been updated for the 2024 calendar. Dining and event pages will be updated as we work through the winter period. A further update will be given when these become available.

  • Wymondham Vintage Day 2023

    In conjunction with the Wymondham Vintage Day (as part of Wymondham town's Heritage Open Day) our Wymondham Abbey station team of volunteers will have an open day! The team will be providing station tours between 10am and 4pm, as well as having a charity stall and a Back On Track stall to raise funds for the railway. The team has been working tirelessly on the station site despite the lack of trains running at this time. Further information is available at

  • Back On Track Appeal reaches £40,000

    We've reached the £40,000 raised mark on The Back On Track Emergency Appeal to help fund the restoration of the line between Thuxton and Wymondham. For more information see

  • Heritage Open Days 2023

    We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting two Heritage Open Days at the railway in September. The first will be on Saturday 16th September at Dereham Station (Station Road, Dereham, NR19 1DF) between 9.30am and 4pm. Dereham’s Fiery Dragon - and other Railway Relics Talks, tours, steam train action and more... something for everyone, including crafty kids! Watch our 'fiery dragon' as it arrives/departs on scheduled passenger services - and get a close look at the loco from the station platform. You might even get to see the fireman replenish it's tank from the water crane. Discover the origin and development of the local railways at one of the illustrated short talks and by visiting our Museum Room, while a guided tour around the station's public areas will give you the low-down on the station itself and adjacent railway buildings. And if you want a real insight into railway life of the past then come along to another of our short talks when a retired railwayman who has 'been there, done that - and has the T-shirt' will recount some reminiscences and anecdotes. And for those 'crafty kids'? For children we offer very simple paper-based craft and/or decorating, with the proviso that they are accompanied by a responsible adult. Further details at The second will be on Sunday 17th September at County School Station (Holt Road, North Elmham, NR20 5LE) between 11:30am & 3pm. A chance to explore this classic Great Eastern Railway junction station, and find out about how we plan to develop and improve this established attraction. Meet the volunteer Stationmaster, as tour guide, and explore areas of the station not normally open to the public. Hear stories of lives lived on and around the railway at this special place. See the latest developments on the Wensum Valley Miniature Railway. Further details at

  • New chairman announced

    The Mid-Norfolk Railway is pleased to announce that Mr. Graham Watts will be taking over as Chairman of The Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust after the AGM in September. Graham is currently the Commercial Manager but will relinquish that post on assuming the Chairmanship of the MNRPT. Graham’s working life saw him rise to director at Cambridge City Council managing a wide range of public services. He will also be joined on the Trust Council by two new Co-Opted members Andy Parsons who is a career railwayman that has risen to senior management positions with Railway infrastructure companies after first starting as a BR Apprentice. Andy is joined by Mark Radda a cooperate branding specialist with huge experience with major companies, charities and heritage organisations. Charlie Robinson the outgoing Chairman said “I am extremely pleased that Graham is taking on the role of Chairman. During my tenure the railway has developed significantly, most notably with the continuing development and success of Polar Express. “Also during my time, the rolling stock has taken a significant step forward. The purchase of the Mk 3 stock and the refurbishment of a number of Mk 1 and 2 coaches means that our visitors travel in some of the best coaches to be found on a heritage railway. I will be remaining on the Trust Council and look forward to supporting Graham in his new role”. The announcement comes as the railway’s ‘Back on Track’ Appeal that is helping to fund the refurbishment of Crownthorpe Bridge and associated track work that will allow trains to once again run to Wymondham from Dereham is approaching £30,000 raised in public donations. Donation to the Appeal can be made at Meanwhile a number of infrastructure projects have made progress or been completed. The former Spooner Row Signal Box, after first being moved to the railway has now been completely refurbished with the roof and walls all receiving attention and the windows replaced. This work has been made possible due to the generosity of donors to the previous appeal which surpassed the target and raised just over £20,000 and is now closed. The railway’s in house S&T Department has now begun the resignalling of this part of the line having installed the original lever frame and the first planned signal to be planted being a former LNER Concrete post signal that was recovered from Somerleyton Swing Bridge. As a working signal box it has become the Wymondham Church Lane Signal Box ready to begin a new phase of its working life. In addition to the Wymondham Signal Box refurbishment, the work at Crownthorpe Bridge is now being planned despite more funding still being needed. Also the level crossing at Garvestone has been replaced and Greens Road in Dereham will be replaced. Both of these projects have long been known that they needed doing and have been previously planned for this year. The work at Garvestone was due to Sonic Rail Services donating and installing, a Pollysafe Segmental Crossing deck type crossing, for which the railway is extremely grateful. Now the work is complete it removes another long term speed restriction on the line. This work was essential as it also removed a temporary weight restriction and ensures that this year’s Polar Express can be run. The work at Greens Road is planned for the end of September and will be complete in time for Polar trains beginning in November. While work continues on refurbishing railway infrastructure, the Traction and Rolling stock department has also been busy with the result that the Mk 1 FK M13225 has now entered service after the most extensive restoration that the railway has ever attempted. The work funded by a Heritage Fund Covid recovery grant has seen the interior completely refurbished, both ends rebuilt and new paintwork. Also back in service is the Mk 1 TSO that has returned to its original Eastern Region number of E 4702. This coach is an important addition to the railway as it began its BR service on the Norwich Liverpool Street service. Both coaches join the ever growing BR Maroon liveried Vacuum braked set. Supporting the railway’s passenger service, the Dereham Station Buffet and Tearoom is now being run by a new catering manager who comes to the railway after previously running the hugely popular Norwich Catholic Cathedral tea room. The Buffet and Tea room now serve a new menu of locally sourced food and drinks many of which are made on site from locally sourced ingredients. The running season after a delayed start in addition to the return of the popular Breckland Fryer and Afternoon Tea service, has seen the return of a Special Gin tasting experience train known as the Black Shuck Express. Also returning for the first time since Covid the railway will be running Murder Mystery trains again. Speaking in his current role as the railway’s Commercial Manager Graham Watts said: “I am delighted that we have been able to reintroduce these services with our local partners. It is an important development as it continues our policy of seeking to work with local partners to develop our services. “As a charity it is important we have a wide variety of services to offer the public that will generate the revenue that will be used to achieve the charity’s objectives of both refurbishing and preserving the railway and East Anglian Railway heritage”. Tickets for the all special trains must be pre booked through the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s website at

  • Programme of events for 2023

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PROGRAMME HAS CHANGED SINCE THE ORIGINAL PUBLICATION OF THIS ARTICLE, MORE INFORMATION HERE. The Mid Norfolk Railway is planning a full programme of events for 2023. The events will include a Steam and Diesel Gala together with a number of other special events weekends. The programme of events is intended to once again feature a busy mix of speciality weekends together with railway themed events and it is planned that this will be the first time the railway has been able to run such a programme since 2019. Charlie Robinson the Chairman of the Mid Norfolk Railway said: “We are all excited by the programme, it will finally mean that we have overcome the issues that Covid caused the railway. The 2022 season has been disappointing and it could be argued that we at the railway underestimated how the effects of Covid had impacted the railway. This programme will I am sure show the railway is back and in many ways better than before. I am also pleased to say that in many of the departments we have new faces that are working to make this a success, in 2023 we are planning to add new services, new catering opportunities and new events, plus bringing back some popular events we have just not been able to run over the last few years.” The 2023 Mid Norfolk Railway operating season will open on the 4th March with the return of the Model Railway Exhibition at Dereham. Standard running days will be a mix of Steam hauled, Diesel hauled, or Diesel Multiple Unit services. The first planned steam day will coincide with Mothers Day, over the weekend of 18th and 19th March. In addition a new feature will be a Champagne Afternoon Tea service. 14th May will see the ever popular Vintage Bus Day together with a new Vintage Fair. This event includes the ‘rail replacement’ service to the railway’s County School, which will again be open at weekends and will feature the ever expanding Miniature Railway of the North Norfolk Model Engineering Club. Another new service the MNR will be offering on selected weekends is ‘The Brecklander Ploughman's Luncheon’. 2023 will also see the return of the Gin Train on the evening of 27th May and 16th September. Also new this year will be a Murder Mystery train on the evenings of 10th & 11th June and 9th September. The weekend of the 23rd to 25th June will see the first MNR Steam weekend for some years. This event is planned to also be combined with the National Armed Forces Day on the 24th June and will see Service personnel, their families and the UK military veterans community able to travel on the railway at a discount with appropriate identification, on the day. 5th and 6th August will see the return of the 1940s Weekend with re-enactors setting up displays all along the line and visitors are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the event by dressing accordingly. A number of other themed weekends are planned and details on these different themes will be announced in due course as the planning turns to reality. The summer running season events will conclude with a Diesel Gala from 22nd to 24th September. This will again feature visiting mainline and heritage diesels to supplement the MNR home fleet. The railway will also open for the Norfolk schools autumn half term break during October and will end the running season with the return of the ever popular Polar Express, that will run during November and December leading up to the Christmas. Throughout the 2023 running season, in addition to the new ‘Brecklander Ploughman’s Luncheon’ service the railway will once again be running the popular ‘Breckland Fryer’ fish and chip trains during the evening of selected Saturdays and what is now being branded as the ‘Heart of Norfolk’ Afternoon Tea on selected Sunday Afternoons. The railway will also be retaining its ‘Kids Go Free’ group tickets that was successfully introduced in 2021. These tickets will be available for all standard running days, but do not include special events or special trains. James Oakley, the Railways Commercial manager said: “In addition to the programme of events for next year's running season, it is important for the railway that we seek to develop the services for passengers once they come to the railway. Next year therefore we have expanding our on train catering services. This therefore means that in addition to what we have previously offered, we are introducing our new ‘Brecklander Ploughman’s Luncheon’ service. This will compliment the return of our themed event running days, which will also see the launch of several new themed running days”, He added. All on train meal services must be pre booked via the MNR Website at Further details on the 2023 running season will also appear in due course.

  • The Black Shuck Express

    NEW FOR 2023 The Black Shuck Express : The story behind Norfolk's Spirit The Mid Norfolk Railway is proud to announce a new experience for 2023 in conjunction with Black Shuck Distillery. Join us for an exclusive journey through the heart of Norfolk's countryside while enjoying a selection of gin, schnapps and cocktails from the Norfolk-based distillery. For further details and to book, please see our website :

  • Steam trains returning for the Coronation Weekend

    Steam trains will return to the Mid-Norfolk Railway on Sunday 7th May and the following Coronation Bank Holiday Monday. The trains, hauled by the British Railways Standard 4 Tank engine, will be a step back in time to the early 1960s with the maroon liveried coaches that would have been a common sight on the region’s railways then. Trains will depart from Dereham station and make a 12 mile round trip through the Norfolk countryside to Thuxton and back. The newly reopened station buffet will be serving a new menu featuring locally sourced ingredients, including a selection of cakes and savouries made on site, together with a range of hot and cold drinks including fresh barista style coffee. This includes a sit down service in the station tea room. On the Sunday to celebrate the Coronation, the railway will also be running a Coronation Afternoon Tea train departing at 3.30pm. Tickets are available from the website and passengers will be served their afternoon teas and food at the tables of the open coaches, one of which will the newly repainted Mk 1 Tourist Second Open E 4702. This is a coach that has returned to the region where it originally was used as part of the Liverpool, Norwich service in the 1960s and 70s. Charlie Robinson, the Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway said: “We would like to invite everyone to come to the railway enjoy a step back in time and celebrate this historic time by enjoying what the railway has to offer”. The station has extensive free car parking and the popular 'Kids Go Free' promotion with a paying adult will run for standard operating days this year. Full details of train times tickets and other information are available at the railways website,

  • Mid-Norfolk Railway Polar Express™ tickets go on sale

    Following on from the huge success of The Polar Express™ Train Ride 2022, the Mid-Norfolk Railway are pleased to announce that tickets for the 2023 event went on public sale at 10am on Thursday 20th April. Trains will be running from November through to the 23rd December, taking passengers on a magical journey to the North Pole. The Conductors and Chefs will be eager to invite people on board to enjoy a delicious cup of Hot Chocolate and a scrumptious cookie, while providing entertainment as you travel. Other characters will also be on board and for those who truly believe you will even get to see the Big Man himself. Tickets can be booked online via our website: Well? You comin'?

  • The Mid-Norfolk Railway to reopen on 29th April 2023

    The Mid-Norfolk Railway will reopen on 29 April with trains initially running from Dereham to Thuxton. This will give a 12-mile round trip to the rebuilt station that is planned to fully open this year. Trains will run on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday with tickets available on the day from Dereham station. The station has extensive free car parking and the popular 'Kids Go Free' promotion with a paying adult will run for standard operating days this year. The following Coronation weekend will see trains run on the Sunday and extra Bank Holiday Monday. The station buffet will be open for hot and cold food and drinks, as will the shop on standard running days. The 30th April will see the first ‘Heart of Norfolk’ afternoon tea service of the season. This will be followed by a Coronation Tea Service on the 7th May. Tickets for the tea service must be pre-booked via the MNR Website at Standard ticket holders can still however travel but will not be able to enjoy the tea service. Charlie Robinson, the Chairman of the Mid -Norfolk Railway said: “We are all excited and also relieved to be running services again. The last few years have been difficult, but the hard work is beginning to pay off. There is still lots to do and I am pleased to say the ‘Back on Track Appeal’ has got off to an excellent start with £15000 raised in the first few weeks. There is lots more to raise before the key issue of the bridge at Crownthorpe can be tackled and the eventual return to Wymondham”. For details of how to donate and the donation packages available, please visit the Mid Norfolk Railway Website donation page at The first trains to run will feature the return to service of Mk 1 First Class Compartment coach, M13225, that has finished its rebuild. The work, the most extensive that the MNR has ever attempted, was made possible following a Government Heritage Fund Covid Recovery Grant. The previously announced programme is being updated, but the majority of announced events will run with details to be found on the railways website. In addition to the special events the railway is launching on selected weekends the ‘The Brecklander Ploughman's Luncheon’. This will be in addition to the return of the ever popular ‘Breckland Fryer’ fish and chip trains during the evening of selected Saturdays and what is now being branded as the ‘Heart of Norfolk’ Afternoon Tea service on selected Sunday afternoons. The railway will make a ticket sales announcement for this year’s Polar Express shortly.

  • Back on track appeal - your railway needs you

    The Appeal Team is looking for some volunteers to help administer the appeal. Are you available to help? Role 1 - External Grant Application Officer Role 2 - Appeal Admin Assistant Role 3 - Commercial Sponsorship Officer The Back On Track Appeal Team would also welcome other offers of assistance not covered here. Offers of general assistance or in other roles not yet identified would be welcomed. Each role can be carried out by multiple people. Further information available on our vacancies page. Donations are welcome on our Back On Track Appeal page.

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