In order to raise money for the Railway Children’s Charity and to support one of the preserved railways on its network, East Midlands Trains will be running a special High Speed Train service from St Pancras International to Dereham in Norfolk on Saturday 14 May.
Tickets, which are priced at just £47.50 return, are still available at through the UK Railtours website (www.ukrailtours.co.uk). The train will depart from St Pancras at 07.42 and will call at Luton Airport Parkway, Kettering and Leicester. It will then run via Peterborough through to Wymondham, where it will proceed down the Mid Norfolk Railway line through Wymondham Abbey and Thuxton to Dereham.
This is the first time that a High Speed Train has ever visited Dereham and it will be a unique, one-off experience for passengers. There will be an opportunity to spend more than two hours in the pleasant Norfolk market town of Dereham before the train makes its return journey via Norwich.
David Horne, Customer Service Director for East Midlands Trains said: “A number of our employees at Norwich are involved in the Mid Norfolk Railway, the preserved railway which runs to Dereham via a link at Wymondham on our Nottingham to Norwich route.
“Running a special HST from St Pancras to Norfolk seemed a great opportunity to support our staff and raise money for such a valuable cause at the same time. Tickets have been selling fast, and we’ve already raised over £16,000 for The Railway Children, but there’s still plenty of tickets available and we’re keen to make sure we can raise as much as possible.
“It really will be a unique and special opportunity for passengers and we want to make sure people don’t miss out on this one-off trip!”
Katie Mason, Events Manager for the Railway Children, said: “We’re very excited to have this special train run in our honour. All the money raised will benefit vulnerable children living alone on the streets and will help us to provide the care, support and services they desperately need.”
East Midlands Trains will be donating all proceeds from the ticket sales to The Railway Children’s Charity. A total of 19 East Midlands Trains’ employees will be helping out on the day in various roles and all of these employees will either be donating their days’ wages to the charity, or donating their time at no cost.
To further support the work of the Mid Norfolk Railway, once at Wymondham, the HST will become part of the special ‘Drags and Rescues’ weekend, with preserved diesel locomotives dragging the train through to Dereham and back to Wymondham. This is the first time an HST has been ‘dragged’ by a Class 50 train since the early 1990’s and will mark a significant event for many rail enthusiasts.