Historic trains and buses set to return to Mid Norfolk Railway in showcase of the region’s heritage

The Mid-Norfolk Railway has saved a railway milk tanker for use on its line. Picture: Mid-Norfolk Ra

The Mid-Norfolk Railway has saved a railway milk tanker for use on its line. Picture: Mid-Norfolk Railway - Credit: Archant

A historic train that once transported goods across the country will take to the tracks once again thanks to the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

The railway preservation trust acquired a railway milk tanker from the National Railway Museum and has funded its restoration so that it can run on the Wymondham to Dereham railway line during special events and eventually to North Elmham.

They have also restored the tanker to its 1930s United Dairies livery which owned both the tank and a creamery at North Elmham.

Milk trains were once responsible for moving goods, such as fuel and food all over the country but in 1963 cuts were made to the country's rail network and milk traffic from North Elmham came to an end.

British Railways closed the route completely in the late 1980s but it was saved by the Mid-Norfolk Railway, which has been working to reopen it with the help of volunteers.

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General manager George Saville said: 'It has been a cherished dream of our volunteers to see the milk train recreated as part of our local history and now it can happen. With our band of loyal volunteers getting closer to reopening the railway to North Elmham every day we should soon see our tanker outside the old North Elmham creamery again.'

In another effort to raise awareness of the region's heritage the trust will also be bringing buses from the 1930s through to the 1990s back to the roads for one day this weekend.

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The buses are being provided for a free bus service and display, transporting people to Dereham Station where 1950s heritage diesel railcars and diesel loco hauled trains will be operating on the line between Wymondham, Dereham and Hoe.

Four free bus services will be operating with County School North Elmham, Yaxham Station, Dereham town centre and Hardingham Station being serviced.

Konectbus are also supporting the event and bringing some of their modern fleet. They will also operate tours using one of their bendy buses for the public.

The bus and coach day will take place on Sunday, April 23, between 9.30am and 5pm. Unlimited train tickets for the day are available for £10 per person with a £20 family ticket.

Further information can be found at the trust's website.

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