10 ways to…let the train entertain. Timetable a tourist train ride in Norfolk or Suffolk into your family schedule this week

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 September 2017

The Wells Harbour Railway. Picture: Ian Burt

The Wells Harbour Railway. Picture: Ian Burt

There’s still time to catch a train on some of the region’s loveliest railway lines

Whitwell and Reepham Railway. Picture: Matthew Usher.Whitwell and Reepham Railway. Picture: Matthew Usher.

1 There’s just time to catch the wonderful miniature railway in Eaton Park, Norwich, before its 2017 season ends. The main line, looping through a tunnel and out into the park, will be open this Sunday and next from 1-5pm. The railway has been run by the Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers Ltd since it was founded in 1933 and will be raising money for Children in Need on October 8.

The Bure Valley Railway. Picture: MARK BULLIMOREThe Bure Valley Railway. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

2 Ashmanaugh Light Railway’s final open day of the year is this Sunday, October 1. The little trains, at East View Farm, Ashmanaugh, near Wroxham, run around a landscaped setting within earshot of the whistles of the Bure Valley Railway and Great Eastern’s Bittern Line trains. The open day runs from 2-5pm with steam, petrol and electric locomotives running on the circuit.

3 The only place in the British Isles where you can take a trip on the three main forms of early 20th century public transport is at the East Anglia Transport Museum. Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft. The entrance fee entitles you to unlimited rides on the trams, trolleybuses and railway.

Catch them while you can – open this weekend, and then the final week of October for the school half term holiday.

4 Whitwell and Reepham Railway is holding a Steam Sunday this weekend. The steam engine Victory will be running on the relaid section of railway with trains every half hour from 12.30-4pm on Sunday, October 1.

5 The famous garden centre and gardens at Bressingham Steam and Gardens, near Diss, are ringed by four miles of narrow gauge railways, with the choice of four separate journeys. Fun for all the family daily until Sunday, October 29.

6 Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, tagline “A big day out on the world’s smallest public railway,” runs daily until October 29. It is the longest 10.25 narrow gauge steam railway in the world, running for four miles along a former Great Eastern route. It was created by Lt Cmdr Roy Francis, who had already built the lovely little Wells Harbour Railway, which will be running from the town to the beach every weekend until the end of October.

7 Take the train for a day out, with added transport excitement, across East Anglia. While Norfolk is blessed with several heritage railways, Suffolk’s only tourist line, at Brockford, near Stowmarket is closed until its Santa Specials in December. But there are still plenty of train rides to enjoy to tourist destinations.

8 Trains run daily on the North Norfolk Railway between Sheringham and Holt until October 29, and then return with Santa Specials in December. The 10.5 mile round trip runs along the coast and through hills and woodland. Children can explore an activity coach at Sheringham, marvel at the tiny country stations of Weybourne and Kelling, and see a model railway at Holt.

9 Trains will be running along the 11-mile Mid-Norfolk Railway, between Wymondham and Dereham, every weekend through October. The railway is owned and operated by volunteers and includes stations at Wymondham Abbey, North Elmham and County School.

10 Travel through nine idyllic miles of countryside, past villages and along the river, between Aylsham and Wroxham. The narrow gauge Bure Valley Railway runs along a route which took passengers from 1880 to 1952, and closed to freight in 1981. Open daily until October 29, and then weekends. Visit next Saturday, October 7 to see a model railway exhibition too.

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