Back On Track

April 7, 2023

Dereham’s Mid Norfolk Railway has launched an emergency appeal to help fund the restoration of Crownthorpe Bridge and associated works in order to fully reopen the railway for train services.

Please help us get Back On Track!

Our fund-raising appeal aims to raise £95,000 in order to fully repair and restore dilapidated track at Crownthorpe Bridge. Until this is repaired, trains will be run to Thuxton. Crownthorpe bridge is near Wymondham and crosses the B 1135.

The heritage rail line will see a staged reopening until repairs are completed.

Find out more about the fund-raising appeal

Charlie Robinson the Chairman of the MNRPT explaining the appeal said: “Despite significant investment in the railways infrastructure in recent years, the reality is that when the Mid Norfolk Railway started in the 1990s, it began with a railway line that had not been maintained since the 1960s.

“Significant progress in addressing this has previously been made, but the rate of deterioration is accelerating and costs for long term refurbishment have risen significantly. This means additional funding must be found just to maintain what we have. This appeal is designed to get the railway running again, as quickly as possible.

“Every pound donated is a small step to ensuring the railways future. I therefore appeal to everyone be they from the region, or a rail enthusiast, or both, to give generously at this difficult time for all, to ensure the MNR has a future.”

For details of how to donate and the donation packages available please visit the Mid Norfolk Railway Website donation page at

New donor packages

Donors will receive tickets to a ‘Back on Track’ Special Train that is planned to run on Saturday 13 April 2024. The ‘Back on Track’ Special will travel from Dereham, through Wymondham Abbey to Wymondham Junction, thus allowing passengers to travel a section of the line not normally open to passengers. Only donors will have access to the special train.