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Aylsham
Brampton
Buxton
Coltishall
Wroxham

Bure Valley Railway at a Glance

Type: Narrow gauge railway built on standard gauge trackbed.

Gauge: Narrow, 15” (381mm)

Length: 9 miles

Stations: 2 + 3 halts

First opened: 1880

Closed to Passenger traffic - 1952

Closed to Freight traffic - 1982

Re-opened in preservation: 1990

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ZB Class No.9 Mark Timothy Bure Valley Railway

ZB Class 2-6-4T No.9 Mark Timothy in 2009 (photo: Evelyn Simak)

Bure Valley
Railway

Norfolk’s Longest Narrow Gauge Steam Line

Stretching between Aylsham and Wroxham, the 9 mile Bure Valley Railway is a 15” gauge line built on the former East Norfolk Railway trackbed in rural Norfolk stopping at three villages on the way.

The BVR is home to Norfolk's only operational railway tunnel, which carries the line under the Aylsham Bypass. The only other railway tunnel in Norfolk is Cromer Tunnel, which is disused.

The Railway is fast becoming one of England's premier narrow gauge railways providing a service to the enthusiast, traveller and tourist in all seasons of the year.