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Celebrating 25 Years of Steam in the Bure Valley When British Railways closed the line from Wroxham to Aylsham in 1982 and the track was lifted in 1984, many thought this to be the end of the route as a railway. Through the vision and drive of a committed group of enthusiasts and collaboration with a supportive local authority, the 15” gauge Bure Valley Railway was opened on 10th July 1990. The railway had a fleet of new, high quality, purpose built coaches, but no locomotives to haul them. To overcome this problem, locomotives were hired in from the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Kent. Twenty five years after opening the Bure Valley Railway is steaming ahead and will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on 10th July 2015.
To celebrate this milestone the Railway will hold its Steam Back in Time event on Friday 10th July. This event will see the return to Norfolk of Winston Churchill from the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, the locomotive which hauled the very first train. All passengers on this day only will travel at the same fares as when the Railway first opened in 1990 (Adults £5.50, Juniors £3.95 and Under 5’s Free).
The celebrations will continue over the weekend of 11th & 12th July with a Steam Gala including two engines visiting from the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway in Kent. In addition to Winston Churchill, Green Goddess will also make a return to Norfolk. They will be hauling trains alongside the home fleet of Bure Valley Railway engines with an intensive service in operation on both days (Adults £12.50, Children £6.50 and Under 5’s Free).
Andrew Barnes, General Manager of the Railway, says “through the dedication and commitment of a small team of paid staff and active volunteers the Railway has developed into a thriving and self-sustaining tourist attraction for all ages. Operating for a not for profit basis we hope to build on this so that future generations can enjoy the heritage of steam through nine miles of Norfolk countryside.”
For further information contact:
Susan Munday, Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW, Tel: 01263 733858
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Welcome to the Bittern Line, a Community Railway Partnership which supports and publicises the railway from Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham. The railway forms part of the National Rail system. The Partnership was formed by Norfolk County Council and Anglia Railways in 1997, additional funding partners have joined and funds raised are used to promote the railway and the surrounding area to develop economic and environmental benefits for residents, visitors and tourists. We are supported by The Department for Transport
and the National Community Rail organisation ACoRP
The line is some 30 miles long, connecting the magnificent city of Norwich with the north Norfolk coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham, via the Norfolk Broads at Salhouse, Hoveton and Wroxham. Its name recognises a special, local bird, which has a distinctive booming call. A regular, almost hourly service operates along the route (less frequent on winter
Sundays) which has been described as "One of the 50 most scenic lines in the world
A great day out
The Bittern Line has something for everyone - it offers a wide
range of things to do for passengers of all ages. Take a gentle
stroll around Norwich, along the north Norfolk coast, or on the
more demanding Weavers' Way long distance footpath, which passes
nearby Bittern Line stations . Hire a bike or bring your own on
the train (don't forget to book your bike in advance) and explore
the quiet country lanes (ask for the Bittern Line Cycle Guide when
you book your bike or buy your ticket).
With Cheap tickets and special offers, inclusive holidays, discounts
at attractions throughout the seasons, guided walks and many more
reasons for you to travel and let yourself unravel. The Bittern
Line truly is, "The line for all seasons and a ride for all
The Bittern Line is a member of the National Community Rail Organisation, The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).
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