Carriage renovations 

In 2005, the previous owners had the idea that an old carriage refurbished as accommodation would be a great attraction for Heacham to complement the existing waiting room accommodation at The Old Station Heacham. The idea gained momentum and after a long search a British Rail First Class coach (63 foot long and 9 feet wide) – which had been in regular use until mid to late 2003 – was found at Shackerstone, Leicestershire (apparently known as the Battlefield Railway).

Arrival of the coach was somewhat delayed to allow replacement of the carriage wheels (bogies) to wheels more suited for many years of stationary service in Heacham. The carriage had arrived in Heacham late in the day and thus rested up in the car park of The West Norfolk Hotel until the following day.

Early on the morning Tuesday, 28 November 2006 the carriage began its final journey from The West Norfolk Hotel to Heacham Station. Although this was just around the corner, since the transporter and carriage together measure 109 feet in length and weighs 85 tonnes, this was no mean feat.

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