Ashmanhaugh Miniature Light Railway at East View Farm
The Ashmanhaugh Light Railway is a 7¼ inch gauge railway, set in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside, within earshot of the whistles of the Bure Valley Railway and the Bittern Line trains.
An additional source of enjoyment at East View Farm Holiday Cottages is Ashmanhaugh Light Railway.
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ALRC Open Days – 2018
This is a private 7¼ inch gauge hobby railway set in the fields behind the holiday cottages and run by a group of amateur enthusiasts. It was begun in 2002 and now has three circuits of track, a signal box, platform, carriage shed, ticket office, a wildlife pond surrounded by wildflowers – and you may spot the odd toadstool or fairy!
The closure of the 7¼ inch gauge Little Melton Light Railway [LMLR] on 24 March 2002, was the catalyst for the Ashmanhaugh Light Railway [ALR] to be built. By 16 May, a group of ten enthusiasts had defined a set of objectives to build the ALR and bought most of the equipment from Little Melton.
The ALR team (ages 13-83) are mostly here on Wednesdays and Saturdays, occasionally joined by visiting locos – so you may get a ride on a train if you are lucky!
They hold six Open Days each year: on the first Sunday in the month from May until October from 2.00pm to 5.00 pm (weather permitting).
There are steam, diesel and electric trains to ride and refreshments too.
Looking for a different kind of present? Then how about buying a “Footplate & driver experience course” – where you can learn to drive a train.. that’s a novelty for someone, see the ALR website for details.
– More about Ashmanhaugh Light Railway
A group of ten enthusiasts bought most of the equipment from Little Melton. Initially just enough LMLR track was lifted to build Stage One, and this together with most of the rolling stock was transported to Ashmanhaugh.
Because all the sleepers were rotten over 250 yards of track and points were built from scratch. The track bed was dug out, lined with weed-proof membrane and the track laid. In addition to pure railway construction work, we designed and built our fully-equipped clubroom complete with kitchen and toilet facilities.
An awful lot of work, but nevertheless we managed to run our first train round Stage One on 26 July giving us just enough time to fine tune it for our first passenger services on our Opening Day on the 9 August 2003.
Our next objective was to recover the rest of the track from Little Melton – this task was completed with the last track panel being dismantled by 10 January 2004. An average of eight members having laid just over 250 yards of track and four points in five days, so doubling the track length in 12 months, just in time for our 2004 Open Day. This gave our passengers double the length of ride they had enjoyed the previous year.
Ashmanhaugh Miniature Light Railway is really is well worth a visit and a must for any rail enthusiast.
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