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North Norfolk Railway Tracks and Trenches event celebrates the role of the country’s steam trains in WW1

PUBLISHED: 15:11 25 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:15 25 June 2017

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Mark Benford from Infantry Regiment 28 with his dog Olly. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Mark Benford from Infantry Regiment 28 with his dog Olly. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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The vital role of the railways in the First World War was brought into sharp focus at a Tracks and Trenches living history weekend hosted by the North Norfolk Railway.

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Thousands turned out to the free event, which was officially opened with a Drumhead Remembrance Service held in collaboration with the Royal British Legion at Weybourne Station.

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

As well as telling the tales of the men and women who kept the trains on the tracks while the railwaymen were away fighting during the Great War, the event explored the role of the railways in transporting troops, letters and supplies to the front lines, and bringing the wounded back home.

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Visitors also had a chance to find out about how women helped the war effort by working on the railways, nursing and policing the streets.

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Highlights included replica aircraft, exhibitions and re-enactments, as well as a narrow gauge trench rail in action at Holt station.

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Tracks and Trenches event at the North Norfolk Railway Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Royal British Legion at the Tracks and Trenches event at Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Royal British Legion at the Tracks and Trenches event at Holt Station. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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