Fans of steam trains will adore a trip to stay in Norfolk, which has a good number of locomotive attractions just crying out to be explored. No matter where you are staying in the county, you will only be a short drive from an exciting journey on a steam train:-
North Norfolk Railway
The perfect option if you are staying in one of the hotels in Holt Norfolk, the North Norfolk Railway which is also known as the ‘Poppy Line’ operates between Sheringham and Holt. It covers a 10.5 mile round trip and passes through a part of Norfolk which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are a number of stations and villages along the route which are worth discovering although Sheringham is the main station with a children’s activity coach and souvenir shop. The North Norfolk Railway is also well known for the special events it hosts throughout the year from Santa Specials to Murder Mystery evenings.
Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens
There are three railways at Bressingham which each offer visitors the chance to ride a steam train through the grounds, gardens and woodlands which make up the Bressingham Estate. The journey consists of a 1 and a half mile track which leaves the museum building and passes across the Waveney Valley Railway before heading back to Lakeside station.
The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
One of the country’s ‘great little railways’, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway is just a short distance from the Harpers and has now been running for over 35 years. The train runs along the longest 10 ¼” narrow gauge steam railways in the world from the pretty seaside town of Wells to Walsingham, passing through some of Norfolk’s finest countryside along the way.
Bure Valley Railway
If you want to combine a trip on a steam train with a visit to the Norfolk Broads then the Bure Valley Railway is the perfect option. Travelling between the market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, this is an 18 mile round trip which passes alongside the River Bure through beautiful meadow and pastureland as well as passing by some very picturesque villages en route. It is possible to hop off and explore any of these villages before rejoining the train at a later time.
Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum
A real must visit for any locomotive fan; the Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum is home to a great collection of steam engines, 100-ton working beam engines, fairground organs and plenty of memorabilia. There is also a steam wagon which is showcased on special occasions and on the last Sunday of each month. There is also a souvenir shop for any visitors wanting to pick up a memento of their visit and an on-site tearoom.
County School Railway Station
Run entirely by volunteers from the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, the County School Railway operates along an 11 mile stretch between Dereham and Wymondham. The trains and railway lines here are a constant work in progress and plans are currently being put in place to extend the heritage services to North Elmham and Fakenham in the near future.