North Norfolk Railway boss hopeful for imminent site boost
PUBLISHED: 16:31 03 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:31 03 September 2014
Enhancements could be made to an increasingly popular heritage railway attraction next year.
Major alterations to North Norfolk Railway’s Sheringham station could start next year, according to managing director Hugh Harkett.
The £400,000 plans include demolishing the current tourist information centre and toilets on Station Approach for a new combined building with a railway shop and enhanced café on the same site.
A £15,000 footbridge will also be built at Sheringham, funded by a donation to the Poppy Line.
The railway would run the tourist information centre, taking control away from North Norfolk District Council.
It has applied for a £450,000 grant to pay for that project and part of the plans to build a new machine shop and offices at the Weybourne stop so more steam engine boilers can be fixed.
The company landed a £100,000 deal with Chatham Steam Ltd last year which saw the loco repair firm move from Kent to the Poppy Line’s engineering base at Weybourne.
It also hopes to improve its Holt station by putting in a footbridge and education centre, which needs Heritage Lottery Fund grant approval.