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@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 104 - 28 August

INITIAL WORK TO START ON SHERINGHAM LEVEL CROSSING

The dream of re-uniting the Poppy Line with the main rail network by reinstating the Sheringham level crossing is a step nearer reality. The North Norfolk Railway's project director, Julian Birley, confirmed that EDP Energy has been commissioned to move vital electrical cables to allow the crossing to be installed.

Mr Birley said: "The fundraising appeal has so far raised just over 90,000 of the 140,000 we need - but if we are to complete the crossing this winter we have to instruct EDF (who need 3 months' notice) now. Once the crossing is open, we plan to run some charter trains which will each bring an extra 300 people into Sheringham outside the main holiday season - so I hope local businesses will help us seize the opportunity and help us to raise the final 50,000."

Many local business people believe the crossing will bring considerable benefit, citing the extra visitors attracted by the railway's giant steam gala at the end of last February and by special events like the upcoming '40s Weekend (this year on September 19th and 20th).

"If we can complete the crossing this winter, we plan to have a charter train headed by crack steam loco Oliver Cromwell to open the link and be the centrepiece of a steam gala in late February or early March next year," said Mr Birley.

Cheques (made out to North Norfolk Railway plc) and donation pledges should be sent to Level Crossing Appeal, North Norfolk Railway plc, The Station, Sheringham NR26 8RA.