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North Norfolk Steam Gala & More

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

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5 days from £559



Friday 26 August 2022



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

  • Steam ride at Whitwell & Reepham Railway with Sunday Lunch included

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

  • Steam on the Mid-Norfolk Railway

  • Idyllic garden setting at Barton House Railway

  • Visit to the preserved Wroxham signal box

  • Steam along the scenic Bure Valley line for nine miles

  • Fascinating steam museum and gardens at Bressingham

  • Stay in Norwich, in the centre of this medieval city



  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation plus, 1 light refreshments and 1 traditional Sunday lunch

  • 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


Arrive in Norwich, the most complete medieval city in England. After depositing luggage at our hotel, we travel by coach to Barton House to visit the narrow gauge Barton House Railway. Ride behind steam, 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. Our hotel is in the city centre and there are many varied opportunities to obtain an evening meal and to socialise with new friends. You are welcome to accompany your Tour Manager to his chosen venue if you wish.



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 travel behind a selection of steam locomotives. The event is expected to feature a mixture of resident and guest locomotives. Individual day rover tickets will be issued to allow flexibility of travel and rail tickets to return to Norwich when you wish.



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.



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 to one of the most rarely visited standard gauge lines - the Whitwell & Reepham Railway with repeat steam journeys along their short line and a traditional Sunday roast lunch included. 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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After breakfast we return to the station for homeward journeys.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LR=Light Refreshments


Travelodge Norwich Central Riverside, Norwich

This comfortable, modern hotel is situated just a 10 minute walk away from the station and is ideally located in the city centre. The well-equipped bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms with TV and coffee & tea making facilities. Single travellers have sole occupancy of a double room with a king size bed.



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*Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.


Join and Leave at Hotel £559


No discount for holders of National Railcards


Single Room Supplement £196


  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation plus, 1 light refreshments and 1 traditional Sunday lunch

  • 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

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