Railway exhibition at King’s Lynn Arts Centre features glory days of steam in West Norfolk and the Fens

From left, Karin Forman, Sharon Andrews, Connor Davey and Sheena carman, with some of the items whic

From left, Karin Forman, Sharon Andrews, Connor Davey and Sheena carman, with some of the items which feature in the exhibition - Credit: Archant

An exhibition featuring the rich railway heritage of West Norfolk and the Fens opens today.

An old poster of Hunstanton which features in the exhibition.

An old poster of Hunstanton which features in the exhibition. - Credit: Archant

The show is being held at King's Lynn Arts Centre in memory of former fireman, rail enthusiast and arts supporter Bob Hammond, who died in October 2012.

It covers all the rail lines that would have left both King's Lynn and South Lynn, including Melton Constable, Wisbech, Norwich and Wells, and further to the Fens.

Two of the centre's main galleries have been filled with hundrdes of items of memorabilia including vintage signs, lamps, posters, models and photographs.

The age of steam is being reborn in Norfolk and the exhibition also features the work of the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust.


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Members will be on hand to tell people about their plans to raise money to build a new steam locomotive named Spirit of Sandringham.

The arts centre is also hoping to collect a significant railway archive for West Norfolk to provide a historical record for future generations.

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Sheena Carman, the centre's development manager, said: 'We have been overwhelmed by the response to the exhibition, have been inundated with offers of rail memorabilia.

'So much so, that we have had to extend the boundaries to include the Fens as well as West Norfolk.

'The exhibition is a real tribute to Bob Hammond and the planned railway archive is a fitting legacy.'

Remembering West Norfolk and The Fens by Rail is being held in the Shakespeare Barn and Fermoy Gallery at the arts centre, which is in King Street.

It will be open daily from today until Sunday, August 11, from 10am – 5pm.

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