A visit to Sheringham is not complete until you’ve experienced the North Norfolk Railway
The North Norfolk Railway (also known as The Poppy Line) is a heritage railway that runs between Sheringham and Holt, stopping at Weybourne and Kelling Heath.
The railway won Independent Railway of the Year in 2006 and runs diesel and steam locomotives on a regular basis, the puffers obviously being a great draw to train enthusiasts and children alike.
In addition to the regular service between Sheringham and Holt, the railway operate a number of popular special events during the year, including the Vintage Transport Festival, the 1940s Weekend, a Thomas the Tank Engine themed day and the Santa Specials.
The North Norfolk Railway is more than just a railway ride. The station boasts a children’s activity coach, a buffet & gift shop, a museum signal box and many delightful period decorations placed around the platforms. The station is run primarily by volunteers, who are as polite & helpful as they are smartly turned out in their uniforms.
Bikes and well behaved dogs are welcome on the trains at a nominal charge, subject to availability. Wheelchair access is provided in a couple of specially refurbished coaches.
For the rail enthusiasts, a “Behind the Scenes” guided tour is offered, which allows access to the sheds, and “Driver Experience” days are available, which offer the experience of driving & firing a steam locomotive along the full length of the line.
The Poppy Line is an integral part of Sheringham, and trains can be seen from many vantage points around the town, including the golf club & the coastal walks. If you can’t see the trains, then you can often here them tooting in the distance!
From these vantage points it is entirely possible to believe that you’ve been transported back in time to a gentler, more relaxing age.
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