The Wymondham – Dereham line is a heritage railway operated by the Mid‑Norfolk Railway, which intends to provide a public transport service from Dereham to Norwich by way of its current Wymondham Abbey terminus, Wymondham station (National Rail National Rail symbol) and Network Rail’s Breckland Line.

Although some North Yorkshire Moors Railway heritage trains use Network Rail tracks between Grosmont and Whitby, we are not aware of any heritage railway company that is an open access operator providing public transport services over Network Rail tracks. If you know of such a case, please send us a message.

Mid-Norfolk Railway route map | Source: Wikipedia

Mid-Norfolk Railway route map | Source: Wikipedia (view).
Location of Wymondham Abbey and Wymondham stations shown on OpenStreetMap

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Mid-Norfolk Railway — current stations from Wymondham Abbey to Dereham

Wymondham Abbey

Kimberley Park

Hardingham (no public access)

Thuxton

Yaxham

Dereham

Mid-Norfolk Railway — stations beyond Dereham
(route extension in progress)

North Elmham

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.

Ryburgh The former station has been demolished and the trackbed lost to development at the Crisp Malt site – see map.

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.

Location of former Fakenham East and Fakenham West stations, and proposed Fakenham station

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Norfolk Orbital Railway, promoted by Holt, Melton Constable and Fakenham Railway Company

Further reading

Beeching Reversal – Reopening Wymondham-Dereham Line, on The Anonymous Widower website

Dereham railway station – Wikipedia

Fakenham East railway station – Wikipedia

Fakenham West railway station – Wikipedia

Mid-Norfolk Railway – official

Mid-Norfolk Railway – Wikipedia

Norfolk Orbital Railway – official (Holt, Melton Constable and Fakenham Railway Company, managed by the Melton Constable Trust)

Norfolk Orbital Railway – Wikipedia

Wymondham railway station – Wikipedia