Bure Valley Railway marks 25 years of tourist trains between Aylsham and Wroxham

Bure Valley Railway is marking its 25th anniversary. Picture: Andy Stanfield

Bure Valley Railway is marking its 25th anniversary. Picture: Andy Stanfield - Credit: Archant

A popular tourist railway is this weekend marking its 25th anniversary.

The Bure Valley Railway's narrow gauge track from Aylsham to Wroxham was opened on July 10 1990.

It came after the branch line was closed in 1982 and the track lifted two years later.

The initial attraction had a fleet of new, high quality, purpose built coaches, but no locomotives of its own to haul them, so it hired them from the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Kent.

Tomorrow, Friday, the railway will host a Steam Back in Time day which sees the return of the Winston Churchill loco from Kent. All passengers on this day will pay at the same fares as when the railway first opened in 1990 (Adults £5.50, Juniors £3.95 and Under 5's Free).

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Celebrations continue over the weekend with a steam gala including more guest engines. They will be hauling trains alongside the home fleet with an intensive service in operation on both days (Adults £12.50, Children £6.50 and Under 5's Free). General manager Andrew Barnes said: 'Through the dedication and commitment of a small team of paid staff and active volunteers the railway has developed into a thriving and self-sustaining tourist attraction for all ages. Operating for a not-for-profit basis we hope to build on this so that future generations can enjoy the heritage of steam through nine miles of Norfolk countryside.'

More information at 01263 733858 or visit www.bvrw.co.uk

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