How do you fancy spending the night in a railway carriage? Well then head to Norfolk for an overnight stay that offers more mod cons than a sleeper train – it’s 4-star rated and it’s not moving!
Terry Clay says he wanted to convert a carriage into accommodation because he lives in a railway station on the now defunct Norfolk railway line. The Kings Lynn to Hunstanton Railway Company originally laid the track. It later became Great Eastern Railways and then British Rail took over operations following nationalisation of the railways in 1948. It closed in 1969. The service was known as the ‘Royal Line’ because it was used to take royalty to Sandringham.
The carriage itself sleeps four people and Terry has also converted the former waiting rooms into accommodation for two. He and his wife Judith live in the original stationmaster’s house, which was built in the 1860s.
Terry has developed the railway theme with its decoration. “There’s memorabilia all over the place – signs, signals and lights,” he says. He’s just bought the original signal box sign for this former station of Heacham. And Terry had to bring in 60 feet of track to accommodate the carriage. In case you’re a train spotter, the carriage is a ‘Mark 1 FK’ type. It was built in Swindon in 1962 and it was last in use in 2003.
So who stays there? Terry says he does get quite a few train buffs. “The majority of people have some kind of connection with the railway. Either they worked on it or had a relative who was employed on this line.” Terry joked that his accommodation is “just the ticket” for rail enthusiasts!
You can book your away day – and night – at www.oldstationheacham.com.
Hear my full chat with Terry for the Great Destinations Radio Show here: