The North Norfolk Railway -- also known as the "Poppy Line" -- is a heritage steam railway in Norfolk, England, running between the coastal town of Sheringham and Holt which is further inland. The railway cuts through the countryside to the east of Weybourne with views of its windmill and passes through the well preserved country station which also houses a locomotive shed together with a carriage maintenance and restoration centre. In the future the Norfolk Orbital Railway plans to Join and link the NNR with the Mid Norfolk Railway as the Great Norfolk Steam Railway
The line, which is just over long, once formed part of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway. 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.
The NNR operates both steam- and Diesel-hauled services, and organizes a programme of seasonal special events. A museum has been built at Holt to display some of the lines many artifacts from the Midland and Great Northern Railway. The station building at Holt was originally built at Stalham in 1883 and in 2002 was moved, brick by brick, to be re-erected in its current location at Holt. This project was awarded second place in the 2006 railway buildings competition by the Heritage Railways Association of the UK. The signal box, which can also been seen at the station, is over 100 years old even though it has yet to be commissioned by the NNR. The full signalling system at Holt is expected to be complete by 2009 although some signals have already been erected. The box was formerly located at Upper Portland Sidings in the East Midlands.
The Railway won the 'Independent Railway of the Year' award in 2006.
Work on rebuilding the line started in 1965, and on 4 June 1967, two steam locomotives were delivered. The operating company, North Norfolk Railway plc, was launched in 1965 following the granting of two Light Railway Orders. In May 1973, the railway was the scene of filming of the episode The Royal Train of the popular TV programme Dad's Army. Another scheme, the Norfolk Orbital Railway plans to link the town to the market town at Fakenham.
At Weybourne, the main restoration sheds are located. They incorporate room to accommodate four standard length British Railways Mark 1 coaches, and four large steam or Diesel locomotives. New carriage storage sheds have been built near Holt with Heritage Lottery Funding.
The railway is operated mainly by volunteers who are the lifeblood of the railway. There is also a Junior club for members who are aged between 10 and 15. Every year there is a volunteer of the year award and also the 'John D Hammer' trophy for the 'Junior volunteer of the year'.
|E3868||British Railways||Mk1 TSO||Maroon has operational toilets|
|M4236||British Railways||Mk1 TSO||Maroon|
|M4251||British Railways||Mk1 TSO||Maroon (Stored, out of service)|
|E4641||British Railways||Mk1 TSO||Maroon|
|E4651||British Railways||Mk1 TSO||Maroon has an area for pushchairs/cycles at one end (undergoing maintenance)|
|E4667||British Railways||Mk1 TSO||Maroon|
|E4843||British Railways||Mk1 TSO||Maroon|
|M4372||British Railways||Mk1 SO||Blue-Grey (Stored, out of service)|
|M4796||British Railways||Mk1 SO||Deep blue (Stored, out of service)|
|M3106||British Railways||Mk1 FO||Maroon (Stored, out of service)|
|M3116||British Railways||Mk1 FO||Crimson/Cream Dining Train Vehicle|
|M26012||British Railways||Mk1 SK||Maroon|
|M25189||British Railways||Mk1 SK||Maroon|
|M15997||British Railways||Mk1 CK||Blue (Stored, out of service)|
|M1969||British Railways||Mk1 RB||Crimson/cream.|
|GE21103||British Railways||Mk1 BCK||Maroon - specially adapted for wheelchairs|
|W35148||British Railways||Mk1 BSK||Maroon - specially adapted for wheelchairs|
|M81033||British Railways||Mk1 BG(K)||Maroon - mobile kitchen vehicle|
|M81369||British Railways||Mk1 BG||Maroon - not in public use|
|10525||British Railways||Mk3 SLEP||Maroon - volunteer sleeping accomodation.|
|43041||British Railways||Mk3 CL||Maroon - stored out of view, out of service.|
|43044||British Railways||Mk3 CL||Maroon - stored out of view, out of service.|
|46147||British Railways||Mk3 S||Crimson - stored, out of service.|
|43357||British Railways||Mk3 BS||Maroon - in service, ex. BS(G)|
|43359||British Railways||Mk3 BS||Maroon - stored out of view, out of service.|
|E9128E||LNER||Gresley Buffet (RB)||Crimson/Cream - operational.|
|70621||LNER||Brake Gangwayed (BG)||Stored, out of service.|
|295||Great Eastern Railway||Brake Third Corridor (BTK)||Stored, out of service.|
|52256||LNER||Tourist Third Open (TTO)||Stored, out of service.|
|E12493E||LNER||Brake Third Corridor (TK)||Static use, activity coach.|
|48861-48864||LNER||Quadrupled articulated coaches (BT-T-T-T)||In service for major events.|
|6843||LNER||Pigeon Van (BYP)||Lined teak, operational.|
|853||Great Eastern Railway||BTY||Stored, out of service.|
|129||Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway||TZ||Undergoing overhaul.|
|3||Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway||TY||Stored, out of service.|
|7||Wisbech and Upwell Tramway||Tram Car||Undergoing overhaul.|
|M750133||London Midland and Scottish Railway||20T, vacuum brake, operational.|
|55167||Southern Railway||Hand brake, operational.|
|12||Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway||Undergoing restoration.|
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