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How railway is bouncing back after lockdown

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While work stopped for many during the coronavirus pandemic, behind closed doors the team and volunteers at Mid-Norfolk Railway were beavering away.

After hosting a wedding fayre on March 15, 2020, chairman and owner of the heritage railway, Charlie Robinson, never expected that it would be a further 15 months before another visitor stepped onto the platform again.

The coronavirus pandemic, which closed millions of businesses nationwide and forced the majority of people to live, work, and learn from home, was a "huge blow" for the railway, which relies on money made from train services, volunteers, and donations.

"Even though we were closed to the public, we were still working behind closed doors," said Mr Robinson. "We had some running contracts with Greater Anglia helping them with their rollout of new trains.

A steam train being filled with water at Dereham Station, home of the Mid-Norfolk Railway - Credit: Archant

"While we haven't been open to the public we have still been........

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