Weekends of 6/7 & 13/14 December
Trains from Wells station at 10am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm
Journey on our Santa Express to meet Father Christmas in his special railway grotto at Walsingham.
Get into the Christmas spirit and wrap up warm to experience the North Norfolk countryside in winter as our specially decorated steam train clatters over and under bridges, through cuttings, on embankments and finally draws into Walsingham station. This is where the great man himself will be waiting, along with his helpful elves and entertainment to keep you occupied while you wait to see him and collect your gift.
A gift for the children, a festive tipple and minced pie are all included in the price.
Prices: £12 for adults and children 5-16 years old, £4 for children 4 and under
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(Please note that passengers on Santa Special trains must travel back to Wells on the same train that they arrived on. Journey is 25 minutes each way with 40 minutes at Walsingham - whole experience approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.)
Please inform us in advance if any passengers travelling have mobility issues so that we can make every effort to accommodate them.
We regret that dogs cannot be accommodated on these trains.
We regret the tickets are non-refundable unless the service is not able to proceed, we will travel in all weathers.
Please note that all train services and attractions are subject to amendment or cancellation without notice. The WWLR cannot be held responsible for any inconvenience or disappointment caused. The WWLR would very much like snow on the ground for the Santa Specials but cannot guarantee it.
Winter wonders weekend
Get out into the fresh air with the whole family after Christmas
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 December 2014
Timetable number 3 with first train at 11am
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