Battlefield History Tours

Battlefield History Tours
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On Tour - Rail in the UK Tour 4 July 2023


We had a very good time at the Petwood Hotel at Woodhall Spa and will be back for 2 nights on the Bomber Command Tour. Lovely location in acres of trees and gardens and really good food. Leaving at 0830 we knew we had a big day ahead of us as we headed towards Norwich for our last night before the Tour ends in London. Our first stop was at the Wells and Walsingham Light Rail at Sherborough on the coast at the Wash which opens onto the English Chanel. This little 7 inch (18 cm) gauge railway is like a toy but in the past was the only way people good travel or get hardware delivered. We boarded the train and travelled with it for 30 minutes. It was an interesting experience. The line is laid on the route of the old Eastern Railway that started here in 1886. When the line was cancelled in the 1980s a volunteer took over the line and still controls it to this day.

Moving on, it was quite a tricky route for Michael as he steered us through picturesque flint-built homes, walls and working buildings, but we finally arrived at the North Norfolk Railway where we were to go on yet another excursion. This railway first opened in 1867 as the Eastern Norfolk line until around 1946 when the Wells and Walsingham line finally came into being. It has several Steam Engines and some lovely rolling stock; Our return trip was excellent as we were strolling through the village.

Following 2 very enjoyable visits on the day, we packed up and headed back to our special hotel in Norwich. Tomorrow, another railway visit before we head down to London.

Graham Fleeton.


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