Take a 3-minute ride from Sheringham to Holt on the North Norfolk Railway and then visit and do it for real at a more sedate pace.

The North Norfolk Railway is one of the county’s premier tourist attractions. It attracts thousands of visitors each year to enjoy a ride on the steam trains that travel between the stations at Sheringham and Holt. There is also a delightful station at Weybourne where the trains stop before steaming over Kelling Heath and on to the station at Holt.

Throughout the tourist season the railway has special events usually held over a weekend. They include steam galas, Thomas the Tank Engine days and the very popular 1940s weekend. Many of the enthusiasts that attend the 1940s event wear period costume. On and around the stations you will see servicemen and women of all ranks represented in the correct uniform of the 1940s. Watch out for black marketers and spivs! There is also an annual beer festival, a halloween week, Santa Specials and murder mystery trips. The Christmas mince pie specials are very popular and are always well attended.

You do not have to be a steam enthusiast to enjoy the North Norfolk Railway. The train ride is very enjoyable through beautiful Norfolk countryside with views of the sea. The stations have a shop and a restaurant for refreshments.

Check out the Railway’s website for further details. Note that diesels sometimes run instead of steam engines. If you particularly want a steam experience check before travelling.

If you are particularly interested in the 1940’s I suggest you visit the website of the 1940’s Society.

This video gives a taste of the Railway’s very popular 40’s weekend held each year in September.

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