Audio: County School

The delightful County School is the Northern most station on the Mid Norfolk Railway.  It does have a small stretch of rail but is not yet linked to the rest of the railway. Work is in progress and tremendous progress has been made with only about two miles of track left to repair and lay.

The station received Leader II funding in 1999 and was transformed from a derelict site to a period railway station dating back to the 1930’s.  It is now a popular spot for walkers and nature lovers.  The station has an Orchard and is situated in a beautiful setting in Mid Norfolk.  The walks and grounds are maintained by volunteers on the Mid Norfolk Railway and there is also a popular tea room.

David Walton

On Saturday the 18th March 2017, The Young Volunteer Group from the North Norfolk Railway based at Sheringham, arrived to give the station picnic area its annual tidy up.  This is  an excellent scheme that has been running now for several years and demonstrates a good working connection between both railways.

Our editor Paul Young called in to meet them and brings us this report:

Useful weblinks:

Mid Norfolk Railway

North Norfolk Railway



Audio: Ray Meek, Archivist M&GN Circle

There are many interesting characters around the Norfolk Orbital route who have a wealth of knowledge about the local railways.

Ray Meek

Our Project Officer Paul Young met up recently with Ray Meek, who is now the archivist for the M&GN Circle and has lived in the Melton Constable area for most of his life.  Many members of his family were involved with the railway and he has memories of life in those times.

Melton Constable – Norfolk Orbital Archive

On Friday the 10th March 2017,  Paul met up with Ray and they talked through his experiences  of when railways played a key role in many people’s lives.  You can listen to their interview here:

Useful weblinks:

M&GN Circle

Whitwell and Reepham Preservation Society


Audio: Railway Artist – Wrenford J Thatcher

Wrenford has been painting railway scenes for as long as he can remember, both his grandfathers were engine drivers and he developed a passion for steam trains.  His paintings are very atmospheric and Wrenford has gained a reputation as one of the area’s top railway artists.

Wrenford J Thatcher (left) and Andy Sullivan, Norski Noo Gallery

Wrenford lives in the Norfolk Orbital Route at Sheringham and is a frequent visitor to the nearby North Norfolk Railway .  He is a very busy artist and attracts a lot of work through commissions.

On 25th February 2017, he joined Andy Sullivan of the Norski Noo Gallery at Dereham Memorial Hall, for the 18th Model Dereham Railway exhibition.  It was as always a popular day with trains running on the Mid Norfolk Railway.

Paul Young, project officer for the Norfolk Orbital Railway went along and interviewed Wrenford, who gives us a fascinating insight into his work and you can hear it here:

Working with Norski Noo Gallery, we are delighted to be able to offer a limited selection of signed prints of Norfolk Railway stations in and around the Orbital route. A percentage of the proceeds will go towards funding this project. To view the prints and for more details please click on this link: Norski Noo Gallery

Audio: Hunslet 3193

There are some interesting projects taking place along the Orbital route.  One excellent example is the Hunslet 3193,  a steam locomotive undergoing restoration in the goods yard at Yaxham railway station by members of the Norfolk Heritage Steam Railway Ltd.

One of our website editors, Paul Young, met up recently with two members of the Norfolk Heritage Steam Railway Ltd.  Chairman Charlie Cooley and Secretary/Treasurer David Bramhall.

Listen to their conversation here:

For more information, please click on the weblinks below:

Norfolk Heritage Steam Railway Ltd.

Hunslet 3193 photographs

There is also a Facebook page: Hunslet 3193