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8. The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, Norfolk

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The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway is a 10 1⁄4 in (260 mm) gauge heritage railway in Norfolk, England that runs between the coastal town of Wells-on-Sea and the inland village of Walsingham (famous shrines and place of pilgrimage since medieval times). The Wells & Walsingham Light Railway lies partly a four-mile section of the trackbed of the former Wymondham to Wells British railways branch line which was closed to passengers in stages from 1964 to 1969 as part of the Beeching cuts. Other parts of the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, further south, have also been preserved by the Mid-Norfolk Railway. The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway is a "public railway", and its operation is established by Act of Parliament. The Wells & Walsingham Light Railway line is 4 miles long, is now the longest 10 1⁄4 in (260 mm) gauge railway in the world. It runs from the coastal town of Wells-next-the-Sea to the village of Walsingham, famous as a centre of pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.The Wells & Walsingham Light Railway operates between a new-build station located on the A149 approximately 1⁄2 mile south of the original terminus at Wells, and a new terminus at Walsingham situated a short distance north of the original GER station. Trains run daily between March and November, with more trains in the high summer season period. Trains on the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway are mostly steam-operated but diesel motive power is sometimes used.

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway: Train passing Warham

 

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Wells & Walsingham Light Railway: Wells Station at Wells-on-Sea

 

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway: In 1986 one of the two larger locomotives built, entering service for the 1987 season here is pictured the blue liveried 2-6-0+0-6-2 Garratt locomotive No 3 "Norfolk Hero"

 

Wells & Walsingham Light Railway: Steam locomotive No. 3

 

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Wells & Walsingham Light Railway: Walsingham Station

 

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Wells & Walsingham Light Railway: A typical Norfolk village with its ancient medieval church

 

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Wells & Walsingham Light Railway: passing under one of the few road bridges on the line

 

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