About the Spring Diesel Event
Thirty miles west of Norwich is the civil parish of Swaffham. Known for its sheep and wool “industry” in the 14th and 15th centuries, it is also the childhood home of Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922. During the excavation his financial backer, Lord Carnarvon asked Carter, “Can you see anything?” as he first peeked into the tomb. Carter’s reply of “Yes, wonderful things” is the same response people today will say as they join in the fun at the Spring Diesel Event held at the Mid-Norfolk Railway in nearby Dereham.
It makes no difference if people travel by car, train, or even “walk like an Egyptian” to this three-day weekend event held in April. Visitors will see “wonderful things” like the railway’s home fleet, mainline, and heritage diesel locomotives.
A very intensive schedule will be in effect for the entire weekend for passengers to ride the Mid Norfolk Railway. Previous years have seen over one thousand people ride in the train’s restored carriages from Wymondham to Dereham and back. One weekend highlight is Saturday’s Photographic evening that goes well into the night. The trains will offer tea, coffee, drinks, snacks, and light refreshments plus breakfast and buffets on selected trains as part of the on-train catering.
The year 1845 was the height of “Railway Mania”, when railways were being frantically built across the whole country and when construction began on the Norfolk Railway. Steam began to give way to diesel in the 1950s but steam-hauled freight continued into the 1960s. Efforts to keep passenger trains running eventually failed but those efforts led to the establishment of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust (MNRPT) in March 1995. It was registered as a charity the following June.
Entry To The Event
The exact fares and timetables have not yet been announced for this event so please check back later as the date of the event draws near.
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
Hopefully, spring will be in the air for campers and caravaners. The highly rated Park Farm Camping & Caravan Site in Norfolk is the perfect place for a family camping excursion near the railway. A little further away is Eve’s Hill Family Farm and Camping, an eco-chic glamping and camping site for tents, caravans, and motorhomes. There are several good hotels in Dereham and more in the direction of Norwich to fit any budget.
Other Things To Do Around Dereham
People who are steam enthusiasts usually enjoy learning about local history and Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum offers the visitor a chance to “Come and discover the story of Dereham's Past”. Another place to see is the Dereham Windmill. It was built in 1835 and is the last of several windmills in the Dereham District. The many attractions of Norwich, including the Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle Museum, are located just a few miles east of Dereham.
Drivers will find a large car park at the Dereham Station The car park at Wymondham station can fit a few cars. Keep in mind that there is no parking at the other stations on the railway line. Service dogs are welcome and while the stations are wheelchair accessible, the vintage carriages may be lacking in that regard. Please call the railway to arrange any needed assistance. Just be thankful that the mummies from King Tut’s tomb will wait until the Autumn Diesel event and Halloween to make their appearance.
When is the next Spring Diesel Event?
The Spring Diesel Event is planned to take place at Dereham Station, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DF, Friday 3rd April, 2020. This is a Weekend Railway Event.
01362 690 633
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