- Bure Valley Railway
name = Bure Valley Railway
caption = Locomotive "Spitfire" at
Aylsham, Norfolkrailway station
linename = Bure Valley Railway
originalgauge = RailGauge|Standard
preservedgauge = RailGauge|15
operator = Bure Valley Railway
stations = 5
length = 9 miles
originalopen = 1880
closed = 1952
converted to RailGauge|15 =
The Bure Valley Railway is a RailGauge|15 gauge
heritage railwayin Norfolk, within The Broads National Park.The railway runs from Wroxhamto Aylsham(9 miles) and is Norfolk's longest railway of less than standard gauge. It uses both steamand diesel locomotives. There are intermediate halts at Brampton, Buxton Lammasand Coltishall. There are 17 bridges, including a 105 ft-long girder bridge over the River Bureat Buxton Lammas as well as Aylsham Bypass Tunnelunder the A140 at Aylsham.
The railway is built on the trackbed of the
East Norfolk Railway(ENR). The ENR started in 1877 when the East Norfolk Railway opened from Norwich to Cromer, with an extension from Wroxhamto Aylshamin 1880. The ENR was taken over by the Great Eastern Railwayin 1882, which was amalgamated into the London & North Eastern Railway in 1923. The railway was nationalised in 1948.
In 1952 the passenger service stopped, but the freight service continued.
Buxton Lammasclosed for goods in 1964, and Aylsham and Coltishallin 1974.
Freight trains continued to run over the line after this for two principal sources of traffic. The line west of Aylsham via Cawston and
Reephamoriginally went further to a junction at County School Station; by this time it instead turned south via a new curve at Themelthorpe to join a fragment of the old Midland and Great Northern system to reach Lenwade and Norwich City station.
Coal traffic continued to be carried from Norwich Thorpe via
Aylshamto Norwich City - a fantastic trip around Norfolk just to cross Norwich! There was also regular traffic from Lenwade in the form of concrete building components.
This traffic ended in 1981 and the line through Aylsham formally closed on
6 January 1982. A weed-killing train ran in 1983 and track-lifting trains ran the following year.
The Bure Valley Railway opened on July 10th 1990, and a
long distance footpath( rail trail) opened alongside it in 1991. It is currently home to Norfolk's only operational railway tunnel, which carries the railway under the Aylsham Bypass. The only other tunnel, in Cromer, is disused.
When the railway first opened, several locomotives were hired from the
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, including: Southern Maid, Samson and Winston Churchill.
The track is laid to a gauge of RailGauge|15 . The railway is operated by a fleet of five steam and three diesel locomotives. Passenger rolling stock consists of 26 fully-enclosed bogie carriages and two four-wheel brake vans. Trains almost always include carriages capable of accommodating wheelchairs. Approximately half the carriages are equipped with electric heating, for winter services.
The Friends of the Bure Valley Railway
The Friends of the Bure Valley Railway (FoBVR) is the volunteer supporting group for the Bure Valley Railway. It owns locomotive number 4 and supports the railway financially and with regular working parties of volunteers. There is a hut at Aylsham which sells second hand magazines during the season to support the Friends.
* [http://www.bvrw.co.uk/ Bure Valley Railway website]
* [http://www.fobvr.org.uk/ Friends of the Bure Valley Railway website]
Other Places in Norfolk
Bressingham Steam & Gardens
North Norfolk Railway
Wells and Walsingham Light Railway
Yaxham Light Railway
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Bure Valley Path — The Bure Valley Path is a convert|9|mi|km|1 long walking trail and cycling trail in Norfolk, England. It runs alongside the Bure Valley Railway, a heritage railway from Wroxham to Aylsham. Route The path passes through and close to following… … Wikipedia
Nene Valley Railway — A view of the station at Peterborough. Locale England Terminus Peterborough … Wikipedia
Churnet Valley Railway — Churnet Valley Railway … Wikipedia
Don Valley Railway — Not to be confused with the Don River Railway in Tasmania, Australia. The railways of Sheffield with the proposed route of the Don Valley Railway highlighted in red. The Don Valley Railway is a Heritage Railway project began in September 2003 to… … Wikipedia
Colne Valley Railway — Castle Hedingham station on the Colne Valley railway Coordinates … Wikipedia
Moors Valley Railway — Locale Ashley Heath, Dorset, England Commercial operations … Wikipedia
Conwy Valley Railway Museum — The miniature steam railway The buf … Wikipedia
Mid-Norfolk Railway — Steam hauled train on Danemoor Bank, 2011 Locale England Terminus Dereham Connections Breckland Line: near Wymondham … Wikipedia
Ridable miniature railway — Locomotive from the Chemin de fer Touristique d Anse, France … Wikipedia
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway locomotives — River Mite at Dalegarth This article gives details of the locomotives used on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, a 15 inches (380 mm) narrow gauge preserved railway line running for 7 miles (11 km) from Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast … Wikipedia