All aboard as Dereham gears up for its new rail extravaganza
PUBLISHED: 15:14 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:14 10 February 2015
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Train enthusiasts are set to be in their element as a mid-Norfolk market town gears up for an inaugural rail extravaganza.
Dereham will play host to a model railway exhibition at the town’s Memorial Hall on Norwich Street on Saturday, February 28, from 10am to 4pm.
The event, which will be organised by the Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall for the first time, will coincide with a Class 47 Day at the Mid Norfolk Railway.
Throughout the day, class 47 locomotives will work five return trips from Dereham to Wymondham Abbey, covering 100 miles. Tim Cara, from Mid Norfolk Railway, said: “Trains will be going up and down the line all day that day and then just over the road, there will be about 13 layouts where visitors will be able to see model trains. It will be a big railway day.”
Thirteen layouts are booked for the Dereham Model Railway Exhibition and there will be supporting trade stands, demonstrations and groups, with refreshments provided by Mid Norfolk Railway. Rosemary Cooper, organiser of the model railway exhibition, said: “We hope that it will become a regular event.
“It’s an opportunity for us to use the two venues together and people will get a discounted price if they are coming from the railway to the exhibition and vice versa.”
Entry to the exhibition costs £5, with free entry for children.
For fares and timetable details for the train, go to www.mnr.org.uk or call 01362 851723.
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