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A big day out on the world's smallest public railway

Regular steam trains from the seaside town of Wells next the Sea to the beautiful village of Walsingham, with it's famous Abbey and shrines. Sit back and enjoy the nostalgic and atmospheric sights, sounds and smells of steam travel. Clanking over and under bridges, past a hill-fort and an abandoned platform, you get to choose between a mooch in Walsingham or the hustle and bustle of the beach and shops of Wells.

Beautiful views, wildflowers, butterflies, birds of prey, brown hare and deer all help to make your journey with us a memorable one. Childrens' activities during every holiday and lots of events to choose from. Free parking, wifi, toilets, cafe and gift shop, crazy croquet and picnic pods.

New - Debbie's Studio has opened a gallery shop at our Wells station, offering hand-made local crafts and art to suit all tastes and pockets.

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Message from our friend, TV presenter Jules Hudson:

"Over the years I’ve championed many of our most inspiring heritage projects; so many now face financial ruin, and whilst their future isn’t perhaps at the top of the political agenda, we have to ensure there is a world to explore and be inspired by that can still celebrate our nation’s story in all its forms.

"The future of the Wells and Walsingham is one example fighting for survival. It’s part of the fabric of North Norfolk, and for the many thousands who’ve enjoyed it over the years, a future without it would be all the poorer. I’m proud to support this much loved East Anglian gem. Let’s all do what we can for our regional historic sites that represent the very best of who we are, past and present. It’s not just cash. A spare of hands is always welcome!"

 

SEE YOU SOON...

Today marks the last day of running services for a while. We hope that the country recovers from this as soon as possible and that we all do our bit to be good citizens and try to slow the spread of this awful virus as much as we can. Normal life seems a long way off we know but before we know it the smells, sights and sounds of steam trains will be once again chuffing through the North Norfolk countryside.  In the meantime, stay safe and stay at home!

We, like everyone, need to keep people safe but also survive. Please do support or share our GoFundme appeal if you can. 

In the meantime, we aim to keep you interested and up to date with anything we manage to get done and with some of our wonderful archives! Thank you for your support so far and see you soon!

Urgent Appeal for support - help us keep the wheels turning!

Please help us survive the coming challenging months.

We need to start a fighting fund to keep covering the fixed costs and paying our wonderful staff.  They are our family and we, following the Government and Bank of England's support and encouragement intend to keep ALL of our team. No-one gets thrown under a train.

Anything you can do to help either directly or by sharing this post would be gratefully received.

Thank you!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-wells-walsingham-light-railway-steaming?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&fbclid=IwAR3vrgVD2e5b6yve32mXBkhNcxqWTuBW8DddLff_fxudFC5WBD2IhKRA8i0

For sale:

1880s GER/LNER six-wheeler carriage

We are reluctantly selling one of our 1880s GER carriages.

This six-door, six-wheeler carriage was built in the 1880s for service with the GER and then the LNER from 1928. This carriage was removed from service in 1931 (it has its last inspection date chalked under the frame) and was moved to a small plot in March, Cambs; along with another similar carriage.

There it was home for three generations of the same family. As part of its use a small section of one side was removed to be a sitting room.

The carriage is a rare survivor and is beautifully made with various soft and hard wood structure. It is in great shape structurally and would prove an amazing project for someone.  It's usable as is.

Our intention was to keep this carriage, along with the other which we use for cafe seating. Sadly, the threat of the effects of coronavirus on a small, owner operated business means that we have to do everything we can to survive the next few months. Easter is one of our biggest times and it is anticipated that this will be around the peak of the virus and will cause significant hardship to the tourist economy of North Norfolk.

The price is reasonable for the amount of carriage you get and they rarely come onto the market these days, only one or two a year at most.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114147151194

 

 

VOLUNTEER VACANCIES

Looking for something to do in your spare time?  Looking to be part of a friendly, busy and varied team?  Looking to bring your experience or learn new skills?

Join the WWLR team and we can help on all those fronts!  We are currently seeking friendly, enthusiastic volunteers for the following roles:

Engineering Assistants - to help our Chief Engineer with all aspects of looking aftre our locos, rolling stock and ancilliary equipment. Usually one day per week with our engineer under supervision then other days on delegated work if available.

Guard - in charge of the train on it's eight mile round trip, dealing with passengers, working with the driver to ensure a punctual friendly service is provided. Full training provided.

Duty Manager - in charge of all train movements throughout the day, supporting the train crews, being the person responsible for operating a service for the passengers.  This is a safety critical role and full competency-based training will be provided.

Platform Assistants - being the meeters and greeters for the railway at Wells & Walsingham, assisting passengers with baggage, puschairs etc, keping the platform tidy,  helping direct them and supporting the guard at busy periods.

P-Way gang - supporting our Operations Manager to keep on top of our four miles of track, track-bed, crossings, points and banks.  This is a fun, interesting job and full training is provided, along with safety workwear.

Steam-raising - an early morning shift that prepares the steam loco for service. This is hard work but a hugely satisfying role. The oohs and aahs from the public as your gleaming engine moves out of the engine-shed first thing is a great feeling; your work sets the standard of the railway.

Garders/general maintenance - helping to make the place look clean, in good order and presentable for our passengers, also assisting with the restoration of our Victorian GER carriages.

Volunteer expenses and refreshments provided; plus the opportunity to help our wonderful little railway thrive for the enjoyment of thousands in the future.

Contact the office to get more information or pop in and see us. 01328 711630 or wellswalsinghamrailway@gmail.com

Walsingham - a wonderful place to live, work and visit

For a comprehensive view of Walsingham village please check out http://www.walsinghamvillage.org

Where We Are

Wells next the Sea (free parking) NR23 1QB

Walsingham (nearby pay and display parking) NR22 6BU

See location of Wells and Walsingham Light Railway on Google maps