Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
Published date: July 2020
Born out of one man’s passionate dream, determination and hard work, the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway promises to be a big day out on the world’s smallest public railway. Lieutenant Commander Roy Francis had already built the mile-long 10¼" gauge Beach railway at Wells and in 1979 he started to construct the WWLR on the four miles of old Great Eastern track bed from Wells to Walsingham. Completed in 1982, it’s the longest 10¼" narrow gauge steam railway in the world and is a popular Norfolk tourist attraction.
Located in picturesque north Norfolk, visitors can see the longest 10.25 inch narrow gauge steam railway on the planet, including 2 locomotives that were specially built for the line called the Norfolk Heroine and the Norfolk Hero. Memorabilia can be purchased from the station shop and at Wells Station, the Station Cafe offers a selection of refreshments.
From the seaside harbour town of Wells-next-the-Sea, the train journey takes passengers to the picturesque town of Walsingham, famous as a pilgrimage centre. The scenic journey with five bridges takes in beautiful countryside and is suitable for the whole family and a great way to enjoy and explore this part of Norfolk.
A disused signal box was obtained from Swainsthorpe and relocated to the main station at Wells. It has been converted into a tearoom and also sells gifts and memorabilia. Walsingham has a number of restaurants, shops and pubs and the famous National Shrine of Our Lady.
Wells & Walsingham Light Railway allows dogs free travel, as long as there is room available. The train can be chartered for evening events and group bookings and coach parties can be accommodated by arrangement. Wells station provides free coach and car parking.
Special events and experiences are offered all year round, from Christmas specials to summer holiday, Halloween and Easter events. Wells & Walsingham Light Railway also offer visitors the chance of driving a locomotive. If you are someone who has always wanted to take the controls of a steam or diesel loco, always played with a train set and dreamed of playing with a much larger one, then why not contact the WWLR for further details.
This great little railway run by passionate and friendly people promises a fun time for all.
For further details about the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, including timetables, ticket prices, special events and experiences, please visit their website.