Our attempt to purchase a section of former railway at Pudding Norton, Fakenham has been successful, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and secures a key requirement for the future restoration of rail services to the town.
The Melton Constable Trust, the registered charity behind the Norfolk Orbital Railway project, launched an urgent appeal when news that the land would be sold by auction was announced. Working closely with the Mid Norfolk Railway, which already operates the line between Wymondham and Dereham and is gradually extending northwards towards Fakenham, both organisations recognise the importance of this site.
When the land, which includes two bridges, came up for sale several years ago the Trust lost out when, at auction, a bid was made well above the guide price.
On this occasion, however, we were able to reach the position of winning bidder despite other bidders wanting to acquire the property.
We want to see Fakenham reconnected to the national rail system via the Mid Norfolk Railway in order to provide environmentally friendly public transport to suit modern conditions, as well as the heritage services which MNR is already operating so successfully to Dereham and soon beyond that.
It will take years but it is important that we secure any parts of the route as they become available.
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Your support is still needed
We have to meet additional costs arising from the purchase and will have ongoing costs regarding upkeep of the property, the bridges and insurance
Chrques (payable to Melton Constable Trust) can be sent by post to:
Adrian Loynes, The Melton Constable Trust, The Railway Institute,
6, Briston Road, Melton Constable, Norfolk, NR24 2DA
You can also send a donation by bank transfer to The Melton Constable Trust :30 94 34 a/c no. 00493540 using the reference "Pudding Norton"
Please make sure we have your full contact details so we can acknowledge your donation and send you a Gift Aid form where appropriate.
exists to investigate and, in partnership with others, help put in place a cohesive public transport structure for the benefit of all who live and work in Norfolk as well as visitors to the county.
The Norfolk Orbital Railway would link existing lines of the national network with standard gauge privately owned railways to enable greater access to public transport for the communities served and increased revenue earning potential for all the constituent partners.
The company, and its supporting trust also maintains a watching brief, where possible, to work for the protection of former and potential rail infrastructure so that their eventual availability for transport use should not be lost.