Full steam ahead for a nostalgic weekend
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Fifty years since the last train chugged down the tracks, steam billowing out behind it, there is a chance to relive the glory days of steam power.
The Mid Norfolk Railway will commemorate the end of the Dereham to Wells line this weekend with a coach and train trip.
Passengers will take a tour to some of the stations that would have been on the line including County School, Ryburgh and Fakenham before taking the train line from Walsingham to Wells.
There will also be talks from former staff who worked along the line.
The event is being organised by railway volunteers Rosemary and Alan Cooper.
Mrs Cooper said: 'We have held events like this before and they have been very popular.
'Most of the people who are going on the coach trip have worked on the line or remember it from when they were younger.
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'Some people are just interested in it.
'There are probably some people who might have gone to school by train, 1964 is not that long ago.'
Mr Cooper said: 'We will go from Dereham to Walsingham station by coach stopping at most of the stations on the way. There will be places that you don't normally get to see.
'We will have a look round Walsingham station before getting on the train up to Wells.'
The line opened in two stages with it first heading from Dereham to Fakenham on March 20 1849 before the track was extended up to Wells in 1857.
Originally the lines were run by individual companies before they were merged into part of the Eastern Counties Railway and later the Great Eastern Railway.
Historic photographs will also be on display back at the Mid Norfolk Railway's headquarters in Dereham.
Tickets for the trip cost £30 and can be booked by calling the Mid Norfolk Railway on 01362690633 or 01362851723.
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