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North Norfolk Railway passenger figures were record-breaking last year

PUBLISHED: 15:15 14 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:15 14 January 2016

The Black Prince travelling on the North Norfolk Railway poppy line before Weybourne.  Picture: Mark Bullimore

The Black Prince travelling on the North Norfolk Railway poppy line before Weybourne. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Archant Norfolk 2015

North Norfolk Railway is celebrating after achieving record-breaking figures for 2015, beating 2014 by nearly 5,000.

North Norfolk Railway - the Black Prince locomotive.North Norfolk Railway - the Black Prince locomotive.

Its number of passengers has increased from 161,054 in 2014 to 165,908 last year.

The railway in particular saw high traffic during the early and later parts of the season, indicating that tourism is spreading throughout the year.

A new timetable was introduced in the July and August period which allowed the railway to add trains to increase the interest and variety of operations.

During those times, the vintage train operated on some days along with the walk on dining trains, and a visiting diesel train provided additional coaches for the busy times.

1940's weekend at the North Norfolk Railway along the poppy line in Holt.Pictured are Chris Garfirth and Anne Jones.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE1940's weekend at the North Norfolk Railway along the poppy line in Holt.Pictured are Chris Garfirth and Anne Jones. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Trevor Eady, general manager, said: “The success of the new timetable is being rolled out throughout the season in 2016 allowing us to drop in extra specialist trains whenever we feel the market is there. We look forward to trialling some additional dining trains also this year which are planned to include Cromer.”

During last year there were many different events, including Steam and Diesel Galas, Beer Festivals, Vintage Transport weekends and the ever growing 40’s event.

In November North Norfolk Railway also acquired a new star train called the Black Prince, which was built in 1959.

Mr Eady added: “2016 will see the opening of a new toilet block at Sheringham available for all visitors and the new tourist information centre which will be operated by the North Norfolk Railway.

“The introduction of these new facilities also allows the Railway to extend its currently small buffet facility doubling the capacity to support the ever growing visitor numbers.

“Behind the scenes the new machine shop and boiler servicing facilities will ensure the Railway can provide first class engineering back up to the variety of locomotives now based at the railway.”

The North Norfolk Railway operates from Sheringham through to its Holt Station via Weybourne and Kelling Heath Caravan Park.

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