Following hard on from the MNR’s Golden Jubilee Gala event for the Class 47 Diesel Locomotives; its most successful Gala ever, the MNR is now about to embark upon another “FIRST” helped by East Midlands Trains [EMT]

On Saturday 20th and 21st Sunday October 2012
MNR is running a brand new
and is resurrecting a DEREHAM TO NORWICH train service
for 2 days only

Most branch lines throughout the UK are still served by modern variations of the Diesel Multiple Unit [DMU]. DMUs are the unsung heroes of many railways – and for many years the mainstay of the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

For the first time since withdrawal of service on Sunday 5th October 1969, [the last train, a Craven Class 105, departed Dereham at 8.45pm on Saturday 4th]; there should be a return train service from Norwich to Dereham on 20th & 21st October 2012.


EMT have kindly agreed to provide this service with one of their DMUs. [Details TBA]. The MNR is very grateful to East Midlands Trains for agreeing to participate in its Multiple Matters Event.

The event will also see as many of the MNR’s DMU vehicles as possible in traffic, including the return to service of Class 122 “Bubble Car” no. 55009, as well as special visitors.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway is home to 7 DMU vehicles, 5 are Class 101 Metro- Cammell built vehicles. This type of DMU spent much time in East Anglia, including as “paytrain” on the Dereham Branch, just before it was closed to passenger traffic. [A full list may be of vehicles can be found on the MNR’s website]


The Wymondham-Dereham-North Elmham-County School Line

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