Mid-Norfolk Railway

Mid-Norfolk Railway

Mid-Norfolk Railway

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The Mid-Norfolk Railway or MNR is a heritage railway in the English county of Norfolk. Opening as a tourist line in 1997, it is often referred to as a "New Generation" heritage railway.

The line runs through the centre of Norfolk between the market towns of Wymondham and Dereham via , and , operating steam and diesel services. The line is periodically used for commercial freight operations and staff instruction for mainline railway companies.

It is the southern section of the former Wymondham, Dereham, Fakenham and Wells-next-the-Sea line, opened by the Norfolk Railway in 1847 and closed to passengers in stages from 1964 to 1969 as part of the Beeching cuts. The final section of the line closed to goods traffic in 1989. The northern section of this line has been operated by the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway since 1982.

The MNR is owned and operated by the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust (a charitable trust), and is mostly operated and staffed by volunteers. The company owns a further of line, as far as County School railway station, which will make it the third largest heritage railway in England once restoration is complete. The Mid-Norfolk Railway has long-term aims to restore the railway as far as Fakenham.


Route history

The Wymondham to Wells branch was opened in stages between 15 February 1847 and 1857,Oppitz, 1989, page 41 after Parliamentary consent was given in...
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