1940s weekend

"Railway at war"


A trip back on memory lane with trains running between Dereham and Wymondham, grab a spam sandwich and look out for air-raids as you are transported back to days gone by.


3rd-4th August 2019


Mid Norfolk Railway - Dereham

Located in the heart of Norfolk and close to the centre of Dereham, for a detailed map, then click here , we also have displays at Yaxham and Hardingham stations although these are only accesable via the railway. Wymondham station also has displays and events throughout the weekend.

Day overview


Displays and events are taking place at 4 Stations along the line throughout the weekend.

10am: The event opens.

Displays and Stalls are based at Dereham and Wymondham stations, have a look round and then catch a train to either Yaxham, Hardingham and Wymondham.


Dereham - new for 2019 we will be having an escape room, challenge your team to code break and find the clues based on D-Day and the American forces used during the Invasion of Europe.


Visit the station museum and lots of displays from the 1940s


The Dads Army platoon will be around causing Chaos and mayhem as usual.


Yaxham - (1940) is transformed into a station under the control of the British Expeditionary Force near Dunkirk, they are holding the line against the advancing Germans and are constantly under fire, also home to the miniature railway display of original trains used during the first and second world wars, for £3 you can even have a go at driving one of these marvellous machines, grab a cup of tea and slice of cake and then back on the train to continue your journey.


Hardingham - is under German occupation, alight here to have a look at the displays, after an hour you can catch the next train to continue your journey.


Wymondham Abbey field - is next to the station and has many displays and stalls to have a look at while you wait for your return train. This year we welcome the girls of the Land army with a sign on the line re-enactment.

Vehicles and reenactors bring the period to life, watch out for unexploded bombs !

Elmtree brewery have provided a beer tent, as well as a pop up tea shop and stalls of vintage bits and pieces


3:30pm: The battle at Dereham station (please note there will be loud bangs and explosions during this demonstration. )

5pm: The event closes at all the stations.





Some great displays can be found at our stations with living history specialist and re-enactors.



Stalls can be found at Dereham and Wymondham stations, a wide range of collectables, treasures, militaria and fashions.



3:30pm: Our main re-enactment takes place on the platform at Dereham station.

Throughout the day there will also be small skirmishes and displays at our stations.



Contact us if you would like to take part in the event by supplying a display or joining the organising committee.

Good to know


Information on whats going on during the weekend.

Price range


Find out details on tickets and timetables here.

Thank You


A huge "Thank you" to all or supporters for helping to organise the event for the Mid Norfolk Railway.


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