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Mid-Norfolk Railway route map | Source: Wikipedia (view).
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Mid-Norfolk Railway — current stations from Wymondham Abbey to Dereham
Hardingham (no public access)
Mid-Norfolk Railway — stations beyond Dereham
(route extension in progress)
County School (owned by Norfolk County Council)
County School to Fakenham
Although the Mid-Norfolk Railway aims to reach Fakenham eventually, this extension is now in the hands of of the Holt, Melton Constable and Fakenham Railway Company, the promoters of the Norfolk Orbital Railway, which aims to provide public transport services between Wymondham and Sheringham via Dereham, Fakenham, Melton Constable and Holt. The company has acquired land close to the site of the former Fakenham West station, and now owns the railway formation south of the former Fakenham East station across the course of the Midland and Great Northern Junction (bridge 1715) as far as the ’three brick arches’ (bridge 1714) over the River Wensum.
Fakenham It is unclear how the line from County School and Ryburgh will connect with the proposed Holt, Melton Constable and Fakenham railway, given that the trackbeds almost converge but at are at different levels (see map below). Even if the connection challenge can be surmounted, a dead-end station seems to be inevitable, in which case trains will need to reverse at the new Fakenham station.
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Beeching Reversal – Reopening Wymondham-Dereham Line, on The Anonymous Widower website
Norfolk Orbital Railway – official (Holt, Melton Constable and Fakenham Railway Company, managed by the Melton Constable Trust)