Norfolk Steam Explorer

Norfolk Steam Explorer

A superb variety of steam, from garden railways to a steam gala, as we visit 6 steam venues and journey through spectacular scenery on this amazing short break based in medieval Norwich.

5 days from only £459

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 31 August (5 days)

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • North Norfolk Railway Steam Gala – a full day of steam nostalgia on "The Poppy Line"

  • Steam ride at Whitwell & Reepham Railway

  • Wells & Walsingham Light Railway – see the unique Garratt locomotives

  • Steam on the Mid-Norfolk Railway

  • Idyllic garden setting at Barton House Railway

  • Steam along the scenic Bure Valley line for nine miles

  • Fascinating steam museum and gardens at Bressingham

  • Stay in Norwich, just a 10 minute walk away from its medieval centre

DAY 1

Thursday 31 August: Arrive in Norwich, the most complete medieval city in England. After registering at our hotel, we visit the narrow gauge Barton House Railway. Ride behind two steam locomotives, explore the museum and observe the signalman at work in the original signal box. We enjoy light refreshments by the River Bure before returning to Norwich for our evening meal at the hotel.

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DAY 2

Friday 1 September: This morning we travel by train to Sheringham, for what will be the highlight of the tour for many, the North Norfolk Railway Steam Gala. Ride the famed Poppy Line along the scenic coast to Weybourne and through the heathland to Holt. Explore the historic stations and see the Quad-Art set, Mark 1's and goods trains in operation. The event will feature a mixture of resident and guest locomotives. Individual tickets will be issued to allow flexibility of travel and rail tickets to return to Norwich when you wish.

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DAY 3

Saturday 2 September: Today we commence with a single journey along the Bure Valley Railway from Wroxham to Aylsham. We then re-board our coach to Bressingham, where we visit the fascinating steam museum and gardens. Ride over four miles of different narrow gauge steam lines to explore the beautiful gardens and woodland. View the static standard gauge collection up close in the locomotive sheds, or ride on the Victorian steam carousel. Bressingham is also home to the Dads Army Appreciation Society's collection with original props and vehicles from the TV series. After our visit we return by coach to Norwich

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DAY 4

Sunday 3 September: We take the short coach journey to Dereham for a steam hauled journey along the whole length of the Mid Norfolk line, the longest in Norfolk, to Wymondham Abbey Halt and return. We then have a lunchtime visit one of the most rarely visited standard gauge lines - the Whitwell & Reepham Railway with repeat steam journeys along their short line. Later we enjoy a four miles long steam run on the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway - the longest 10¼" narrow gauge steam railway in the world. See the unique Garratt locomotives "Norfolk Hero" and "Norfolk Heroine" which were especially built for the railway.

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DAY 5

Monday 4 September: After breakfast we have free-time in Norwich before boarding our homeward trains.

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HOTEL

 

Holiday Inn Norwich City

This comfortable, modern hotel is located just a 10 minute level walk away from the station and city centre. All bedrooms are en-suite with satellite TV, internet access, telephone, iron & ironing board, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also benefits from a health and fitness center.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Terminal

£535

£510

-£10

Greater London

£565

£525

-£10

South of England

£570

£530

-£10

East Anglia

£500

£490

-£5

South West

£665

£595

-£20

Heart of England

£560

£525

-£10

Midlands

£560

£525

-£10

Yorkshire

£585

£530

-£10

North East

£635

£560

-£15

North West

£605

£555

-£15

South Wales

£645

£580

-£20

North Wales

£610

£555

-£15

Scotland

£690

£590

-£20



 

Tour Base Fare £459 (Join and leave at Hotel)

Single Room Supplement £99

 

4 nights’ evening meal, bed & breakfast accommodation

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.

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