North Norfolk Railway ‘Poppy Line’
Sheringham to Holt, Norfolk
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North Norfolk Railway, known as the 'Poppy Line', is a heritage railway with 5 miles of stand gauge line running from the coastal town of Sheringham inland to Holt in Norfolk, with an extension onto Melton Constable planned, and a further plan to push on to Fakenham, where they hope to join two other railways.
At Sheringham it is divided from the national rail network by just the width of a road, and there are plans to reinstate the connection with an 'occasional use' level crossing, this has been approved by Network Rail. At first this will allow limited use for special excursion trains and rolling stock movements.
There are two other stations along the line at Weybourne, about a mile from the village and former Army camp, and Kelling Heath. The NNR operates both steam and Diesel hauled services, and organizes a programme of seasonal special events. A museum has also been built at Holt.
Stations have signals and other features, and have been used in a number of films and TV series.
Norfolk is traditionally thought of as quite flat, but this line does run through some areas that have more character, the bumpy part of Norfolk as they put it on their page for filming companies. We sometimes look to the longer lines, that have perhaps more engines and longer trains, but we should remember that on a shorter line they are often running more trains per day, so more trains will go past you when taking photos.
Line side passes details on website
One Day Pass £5.00; Gala Pass £10.00; One Month Pass £20.00; One Year Pass £50.00
Arrange by completing the online form or calling 01263 820800 to get full terms and application form.
These are the most expensive annual lineside passes we have so far come across, but day rate is not bad. With all the options you can select the one that is right for you depending on how many times you expect to use it. If you happen to live near this line then you may use it many days and get full value of the annual pass. As with others you must wear an ORANGE high visibility vest whilst on the lineside.
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