Mid-Norfolk Railway launches public appeal

Kimberley level crossing on the Mid-Norfolk Railway, looking south.

Following on from the successful rebuilding of the Yaxham Road level crossing at Dereham last year, the Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) has launched a public appeal to raise £25,000 to contribute to the rebuilding of the Kimberley level crossing, which crosses the B1108 Norwich-Watton road.

Charlie Robinson, Mid-Norfolk Railway.

The chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, Charlie Robinson, explained: “This work is essential to maintain and upgrade our operating line and must be done this year. 

“As a result of COVID-19, the MNR, like every other heritage railway, has had to deal with the financial impact of not operating last year.

“We have therefore launched this public appeal to help finance the work.  Donations however small will be gratefully received.”

Refurbishing the level crossing is the next stage of the essential refurbishment of the running line from Wymondham to Dereham and, in addition to the level crossing itself, the line through Kimberley Park station will be replaced, as will the short section from the level crossing to the end of the running line over Danemoor Bank that was relaid as part of the contract with Greater Anglia.

This will continue the gradual process of replacing wooden sleepers with concrete for the running line, with the objective of ensuring easy maintenance for the long term. 

The crossing itself will remain a gated crossing, being operated by an MNR volunteer crossing keeper.  The work will, however, see the rails and road deck renewed utilising the same technology that was installed at Dereham.  This will be to the benefit of the local residents, as it will reduce the noise from road traffic as it crosses the level crossing.

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