Lieutenant-Commander Roy Wallace Francis RN (retd).
It is with great sadness that we report the passing today of our founder, Commander Roy Francis.
Founder of the Wells Beach Harbour Railway, founder of the Wells Walsingham Light Railway in 1982, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. The world is a poorer place without him and we will ensure his beloved railway continues to bring pleasure to thousands every year.
Rest in Peace
Welcome to the WWLR!
Come and join us for a ride through the God's own County - the wonderful picturesque North Norfolk countryside!
Visit the longest 10¼" narrow gauge steam railway in the world and see the unique Garratt locomotives "Norfolk Hero" and "Norfolk Heroine" which were especially built for this line.
A great adventure for all the family in the delightful countryside of the North Norfolk coast.
Enjoy our timetable service from the seaside and harbour town of Wells to the picturesque town of Walsingham, famed for centuries as a centre of pilgrimage. A scenic journey with five bridges through lovely countryside. Halts at Warham St Mary and Wighton. With the regular service you have ample time to explore Walsingham with its shops, restaurants and inns as well as the famous shrine before catching the train back. For more information visit www.walsinghamvillage.org
Our main station at Wells has a charming restored signal box where refreshments and souvenirs are available. The unique Garratt steam locomotive "Norfolk Hero" was built in 1986 specially for the line, being joined by "Norfolk Heroine" in 2011.
Evening charter trains are also bookable, full details can be obtained from the Wells Station, emailing us or by phoning 01328 711630. Coach parties and group bookings welcome by prior arrangement in our extended car park. Car and coach parking is free at Wells Station.
The Wells & Walsingham Light Railway was born out of one man's passionate dream, hard work and sheer determination. Lt. Cmdr. Roy Francis ( pictured above ) had already built the mile long 10¼" gauge Beach railway at Wells. In 1979 he started to construct the WWLR on the four miles of old Great Eastern track bed from Wells to Walsingham. Work was completed in 1982 and on 6th April services began on schedule making it the longest 10¼" narrow gauge steam railway in the world.
"Pilgrim", an 0-6-0 side tank engine, hauled the train until 1987 when the new unique 2-6-0 + 0-6-2 Garratt locomotive "Norfolk Hero" came into service. Two extra coaches were added to the train increasing the seating capacity to 76. A second Garratt locomotive "Norfolk Heroine" entered service in April 2011. A redundant signal box was moved from Swainsthorpe to Wells, where the ground floor was converted to provide a shop and tearoom. The full history of the railway, the journey described, engineering, locomotive and permanent way details,can all be found in the guidebook. This and other memorabilia can be purchased from the station shop. At Wells Station, the Station Buffet offers a selection of refreshments. Take time out for an unforgettable trip with the whole family.
If you want any more information about the Railway or the Support Group, please contact:
Wells to Walsingham Light Railway,
Wells Next-the-Sea, Norfolk. NR23 1QB.
Telephone: 01328 711630
If you enjoyed your visit to the WWLR then you might like to visit some other family attractions in Norfolk. Click here for more things to do in Norfolk.
THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 19 November 2014