HISTORY

For over 40 years, Wells Harbour Railway has carried passengers back and forth between Wells town and Wells beach. Here is a brief history of the railway and rolling stock.

July 1976
The railway was established by Commander Roy Francis using Edmund Hannay, a coal-fired steam locomotive built in 1972 by Norfolk engineer David King.
July 1976
January 1978
A North Sea storm surge washed away more than ½ mile (800 m) of track, forcing the railway to close.
January 1978
July 1978
Following repairs to the track, the railway re-opened.
July 1978
1980
Weasel, a petrol-powered locomotive built by David King, was introduced.
1980
1980
Commander Francis sold the railway and moved on to establish the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway.
1980
1989/90
The railway was sold again.
1989/90
1998
New carriages and a new locomotive, Densil, were introduced. Densil is a steam outline diesel engine. The carriages and train were built by Alan Keef Ltd.
1998
2001
The current owners took over the railway.
2001
2005
Howard, a steam outline diesel engine built by Alan Keef Ltd. was introduced.
2005
2014
The Duke, a diesel-powered, diesel outline locomotive was delivered. The Duke was built by Alan Keef Ltd.
2014