North Norfolk Railway announces return to service

Battle of Britain No. 34081 92 Squadron approaches Weybourne on the North Norfolk Railway. Photo: Brian Sharpe

The North Norfolk Railway has announced they will be reopening from 8 July for steam train services on the popular Sheringham to Holt line.

The railway has been working hard to restore its services and will resume with a very different operation – following government announcements.

The timetable will be initially restricted to four trains per day, departing from Sheringham for round trips to Holt and must be pre-booked. To protect visitors there will be a number of other changes.

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Trains will consist of compartment carriages, which means all bookings will be for an individual compartment of up to 4 persons. Additional persons can be added to the party.

All travel will be a round trip starting at Sheringham. Weybourne station will remain closed while Holt station will not be accessible other than from the train.

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There will be a number of other restrictions for safety, visit for the full details.

Hugh Harkett, Managing Director, said: “We are very pleased to be coming out of our hibernation and running trains again. This is very much a limited service to see how things turn out and how many people want to travel on our lovely “Poppy Line”.

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“We are also being very cautious and ensuring that everyone stays safe and healthy which is why we are putting each group (single traveller too) into their very own compartment. We are maintaining a two-metre social distancing and we are treating the whole train inside and out with a special spray that combats the Coronavirus. We look forward to welcoming our patrons back to the North Norfolk Railway.”

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