About The Railway
The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway came into being to fulfil a passionate dream of one chap - Lieutenant Commander Roy Francis. He had previously developed a mile long 10.25 inch beachside railway at Wells and in 1979 began building the WW Light Railway on 4 miles of track bed from the Old Great Eastern railway from Walsingham to Wells.
In 1982, this project was completed with services starting on scheduled date of April 6th resulting on the creation of the longest 10.25 inch narrow gauge steam railway on planet Earth! The first locomotive on the line was a 0-6-0 tank engine called Pilgrim which was operational up to 1987. Then a unique and brand new 2-6-0 + 0-6-2 Garratt class locomotive named the Norfolk Hero was built specifically for the railway in 1986 and introduced into service. At the same time, 2 additional coaches were added to the train to increase the passenger capacity to 76. A further Garratt locomotive called Norfolk Heroine began service in April 2011.
A disused signal box was obtained Swainsthorpe and relocated to the main station at Wells. The ground floor of the signal box was subsequently converted into a charming Station Café tea room and shop where souvenirs, gifts and Waterboy refreshments are available for visitors. Passengers availing themselves of regular services have ample time to explore Walsingham’s restaurants, shops and pubs and visit the famous National Shrine of Our Lady.
The railway allows dogs free travel providing there is available room, usually sitting near the owners’ feet. The train can be chartered for evening events and group bookings and coach parties can be accommodated by arrangement. The Wells station provides free coach and car parking. A full history of the Wells and Walsingham Railway is provided in a specially prepared guide book which describes the journey, locomotives, permanent way and engineering information.
A scenic journey with five bridges through lovely country stopping at Warham St Mary and Wighton.
Enquiries - 01328 711630 (9am to 5pm)
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the official website for up to date information www.wwlr.co.uk
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