After a painful birth and difficult childhood, the Mid-Norfolk Railway is now entering early adulthood full of enthusiasm but, perhaps, lacking focus.
Class 20 D8069
and Goods Train - Dereham
- "Lets complete the track to County School."
- "No, the lineʼs quite long enough, letʼs build a passing loop at Thuxton so we can run more trains."
- "No, we need our own steam engine if we are going to attract enough visitors to justify more trains."
- "We havenʼt got the infrastructure to support steam trains. We need water towers and ash pits."
- "You know what Iʼd really like to see, an orbital line from Norwich via Wymondham, Dereham, Fakenham, Sheringham and back to Norwich."
- "Thatʼs a bit ambitious, letʼs just build a signal box instead."
Youʼve got to admire the energy. Refreshing when so many of our heritage lines are showing distinct hardening of the arteries. "Weʼve always done it that way lad. Canʼt see any reason to change."
The journey from Dereham to Wymondham (pronounced Windham) Abbey is pleasant enough, but lacks any really interesting features. Furthermore, the heritage diesels, which haul the majority of MNR trains are, it has to be said, perhaps a bit of an acquired taste.
Dereham and County School stations have both been fully restored. Most of the other intermediate stations are in private ownership, and in varying states of preservation.