War breaks out on North Norfolk Railway: Heritage line hosts free living history event Tracks & Trenches

The North Norfolk Railway is set to host the first Tracks and Trenches: Railways in the Great War ev

The North Norfolk Railway is set to host the first Tracks and Trenches: Railways in the Great War event this weekend . Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

War is set to break out in North Norfolk this weekend.

Steam trains transport visitors back in time on the North Norfolk Railway. Picture: STEVE ALLEN

Steam trains transport visitors back in time on the North Norfolk Railway. Picture: STEVE ALLEN - Credit: Archant

The North Norfolk Railway is hosting a free living history event, entitled Tracks & Trenches: Railways in the Great War.

Combining displays, exhibitions, re-enactments and historical interpretation, Tracks & Trenches aims to explore the vitally important role which the railways undertook during the Great War, which raged from 1914 to 1918.

From transporting the troops to and from the front lines, getting the supplies to those that needed them, taking the wounded back to Blighty and, some would argue, most importantly ensuring that communications between servicemen and their loved ones got through.

But what about the people who ran the lines? With many of the young railwaymen joining up to serve King and Country, how did the railways ensure they maintained the 150% capacity timetables?


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Discover the stories of the people who kept the lines moving, learn about the railwaymen away fighting, and experience what it was like for families left behind on the home front.

Based at Holt and Weybourne Station, Tracks and Trenches: Railways in the Great War is designed to suit visitors of all ages.

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The event will open with a Drumhead Remembrance Service in collaboration with The Royal British Legion at Weybourne Station on Saturday at 10.30am. The free event is being staged on both Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.

Among the highlights will be a costumed re-enactors, replica aircraft, and exhibitions.

Visitors will also be able to step into the shoes of soldiers with a walk through a replica trench.

They can also witness the narrow gauge trench rail in action and learn about their importance on the front lines and at home alike.

And find out how women helped to win the war at home and at the front, from working on the Railways to nursing, policing the streets to driving motor vehicles, discover how the term 'That's women's work!' was turned on its head.

Parking is available at Holt Station and Sheringham NNDC Carpark. No parking at Weybourne. Train travel at normal ticket rates. For more information visit www.nnrailway.co.uk

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