Successful purchase of land at Pudding Norton!

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.
The bridge carrying the old railway track bed across the River Wensum at Pudding Norton
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.
READ THE FULL STORY OF HOW YOU DID IT... (and what Michael Palin thinks about it!).

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.

More details of our new Pudding Norton property here

Land acquired at High Kelling

January 2014

Successful land purchase completed

Sign of things to come - we take posession of the first land on the route to Holt town