Filming & TV

Photo: Graham MoatesThe Mid-Norfolk Railway with its 13 miles of operational track offers numerous locations and possibilities for filming and production work.

Several of the locations can be successfully used for filming set in most eras. Although the stations are typically painted in the colours used by British Railways in the 1950s and 1960s, the Railway also has a six-coach rake of Mark 2 carriages in the blue-grey livery of BR used nationwide throughout the 1970s and 1980s, as well as a rake of Intercity Red Stripe coaches, in use through the 90s up until around 2005. We are unique in that we can offer a Countryside rural station, or Dereham could pass as a busy commuter station.

The railway is also available for still photographic shoots.

For further information or an informal chat, please contact our Groups and Charters Manager by e-mail at groups@mnr.org.uk.

Previous Productions

Photo: Graham Moates

The potential of the Wymondham – Dereham – County School railway line for filming has been recognised ever since the dying days of steam. The British Transport Films Unit used County School Station in 1959 for the production “The Diesel Train Driver” – an instructional film to introduce drivers to the modern diesel railcars being introduced into traffic following the withdrawal of steam.

After withdrawal of passenger services, County School Station was used in 1966 as one of the main locations for the Anglia TV produced soap opera “Weaver’s Green”. County School Station was again used in 1992 disguised as Gare de Nouvion in the penultimate episode of the British comedy classic “‘Allo ‘Allo!”.

Michael Portillo. 18th July 2010. Photo: Fred Chapman

More recently, local film producers Capriol Films featured County School Station as Eynsford Station for a film, “Peter Warlock – Some Little Joy”, about the life of the early 20th century composer, Philip Heseltine – better known as Peter Warlock.

October 2009 saw a successful film shoot at Dereham Station by local company, Independent Studios UK (now Timereel Studios). The film, “Haunted London”, featured scenes taken in the ticket office, station master’s office and on the platform in the guise of Tulse Hill Station, London (c. 1950s).

Documentaries have included a production for Discovery Channel, minor filming for STV, and “Beeching’s Tracks” narrated by Nicholas Crane in 2008. Most recently, the heritage diesel railcar was used by Talkback Thames TV for filming between Dereham and Thuxton as part of BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys with presenter Michael Portillo.

Railway Training and Safety Filming

Whilst the Railway has been used in recent times for documentaries and dramas, the Railway also offers a suitable location for railway training and safety filming with numerous manned and automatic level crossings, some double track sites and an operational mainline connection allowing access for track plant and machinery.