In the summer of 2013, Lt Cdr Francis finally received recognition for the courage and steadfastness shown by all who endured what Churchill called "The worst journey in the world", the arctic run to Murmansk. The 'Artic Star' campaign medal was awarded to him by the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Leicester at a moving ceremony at the railway.
"Norfolk Hero" leaving the station at Wells next-the-sea.
"Norfolk Heroine" heads towards Walsingham during commissioning trials in April 2011.
Having enjoyed a journey on our unique Railway you probably would like to find out more about its operation and the people who run it. There are two ways in which you could become associated with the WWLR:
*ASSOCIATION Join the Railway's Support Group. Click here to download a form.
*LIFE PASS Purchase a £125 Life Pass for unlimited free travel. Click here to download a form.
THE WELLS & WALSINGHAM RAILWAY SUPPORT GROUP is our Members- Association. Its purposes are threefold:
*Information on activities and developments through the thrice-yearly Newsletter and the AGM.
*Facilitating the developments of the Railway through fund-raising, support services, purchase of equipment & rolling stock,and publicity.
*Organisation of volunteer participation in the Railway.
VOLUNTEERS. The help given by our small enthusiastic band of volunteers is essential to the smooth running of the railway. So if you are interested in railways, steam locomotives and you have time to spare, then we would like to hear from you. We currently have vacancies for trainee engine drivers, guards and station masters, helpers in our teashop, but will always welcome anybody who can offer a few hours to help with the general day to day running of the railway. No experience is necessary for any of these positions as full training will be given. If you are interested in joining our happy band of volunteers and would like more information, then please contact us on the main line.
Membership costs £17 per year and includes an annual season ticket.
LIFE PASSES confer free travel on the Railway for life. A specially designed 32mm circular blue, cream and gold enamel badge comes individually numbered in a presentation box, in the style of a 19th century Railway Director's Pass. This is the ideal gift for any Railway enthusiast on any occasion (e.g. leaving presentation, retirement, birthday, Christmas) and at £125 represents excellent value for money
Last year (2013) the 22nd AGM of the WWLR Support Group was held at The Edinburgh Hotel,Wells-next-the-sea. The evening is an opportunity to meet with old friends and catch up with all the latest WWLR news.
The 2012 AGM was held on 19th May at the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum by invitation of Dr.Rowan Francis.
The Museum is located on Low Road, Forncett St. Mary, Norwich NR16 1JJ.
It is about 10 miles south of Norwich and can be found by following the brown tourist signs on the B1113 from Tacolneston.
More information about the Museum can be found at www.forncettsteammuseum.co.uk
The above picture was taken on Sunday 23rd March 2008. Even when it is cold outside, there is a warm welcome awaiting you in the newly refurbished signal box waiting room (shown below). There is a selection of hot and cold drinks, crisps and chocolate available. Railway related items, a good selection of postcards and other souvenirs are also available.
Returning to the WWLR this year is the very popular "Christine's Buffet Bar" which is located next to the Signal Box at Wells Station.Throughout the day refreshments are available from ''Christine's'' buffet bar. As well as breakfast, there is a wide range of home made cakes and pastries, hot and cold drinks, fresh cut sandwiches and icecreams. Fresh local crab and prawns are always popular and can be served as a plated salad or in a sandwich. You can even treat yourself to a clotted cream tea in the afternoon. Opening times are from 8:00 am until the last train.
The new Garratt Locomotive was named "Norfolk Heroine" by the Countess of Leicester at an inauguration ceremony at Wells Station on Saturday 16th October 2010.
Lady Leicester and Lt. Cmdr. Roy Francis with Peter Johnson from Narrow Gauge News.
Lady Leicester said she was looking forward to seeing the locomotive in her final crimson livery and going on her first journey with her through the beautiful Norfolk countryside. It was entirely appropriate, she added, that the new locomotive would be named after Edith Cavell whom she described as "the Norfolk heroine". Lady Leicester went on to talk about the life and death of Edith Cavell before unveiling the nameplate "Norfolk Heroine" and pouring champagne over the locomotive boiler. The invited guests then enjoyed a champagne toast to the new locomotive, before going to Holkham Hall Stables Cafe for the buffet reception.
A detailed report of the event with pictures appeared in the EDP on Monday 18th October, and the Fakenham & Wells Times on Thursday 21st October. The EDP24 website archive allows you to view this report.
"Norfolk Heroine" during commissioning trials in April 2011, with Cmdr. Roy Francis in the cab.
"Norfolk Heroine" leads "Norfolk Hero" towards Walsingham in a "double heading" trial in May 2011.
This page was last updated on 25/02/2014.