A section of former railway at Pudding Norton, Fakenham is up for sale for the second time and could be an important factor in the future restoration of rail services to the town.
The Melton Constable Trust, the registered charity behind the Norfolk Orbital Railway project, wants to bid for the land and has launched an urgent appeal . We are working closely with the Mid Norfolk Railway, which already operates the line between Wymondham and Dereham and is gradually extending northwards.
When the site, which includes two bridges, came up for sale before there was a strong response to the Trust's appeal, with donations coming in at an unexpected rate. Nevertheless the Trust lost out when, at auction, a bid was made well above the guide price.
We need all the financial support we can attract before 10th December when the land is due to be auctioned. As the Melton Constable Trust is a charity, the government’s Gift Aid scheme will add 25% to donations from taxpayers.The guide price this time is £10,000. We are not going to use donors' money to pay an exaggerated price but we do want to be in a position to bid at a realistic level.
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 successfully to Dereham.
It will take years but it is important that we secure any parts of the route as they become available.
Will you support this important appeal?
Donations 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.
Mid Norfolk Railway website. The MNR are rebuilding the line northwards from Dereham towards Fakenham
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.