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The Merchant of Norfolk

Saturday 24 April 2021


A springtime trip from London over to Norwich sounds appealing enough, but add to that our favourite locomotive, the magnificent Merchant Navy class Pacific 35028 ‘Clan Line’, and we have a perfect Main Line Steam tour on our hands. This will be the first time in over two years that Clan Line has hauled a non-Pullman railtour, and it’s also her first trip to Norwich, ever! Don’t miss it…

Our outward route now takes us from London Victoria via the North London Line to Highbury and Islington, a rare route for Clan Line. From here we head north to Broxbourne and then on across rural Norfolk to Norwich, where we expect to arrive around lunchtime for a break of around four and a half hours.

Norwich boasts award-winning shopping, lively streets, historic monuments, a gateway to the iconic Broads and is regularly voted as one of the top 10 places to live in England.

You may choose to visit Norwich’s magnificent Cathedral, one of the finest complete Romanesque cathedrals in Europe. With the second tallest spire and largest monastic cloisters in England, it houses more than a thousand beautiful medieval roof boss sculptures.

Also a popular attraction is one of the city’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle. Built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago, the castle is now a museum and art gallery and home to some outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history (entry fee applies).


Upon our arrival at Norwich coaches will be waiting for the short transfer to Broads Tours  in Wroxham. Here we will join our well appointed cruise vessel, The Vintage Broadsman. Launched back in 1988, this somewhat bizarre looking boat has a sun deck as well as indoor saloons, along with refreshment facilities and toilets.

An informative commentary will ensure that you miss nothing on our three-hour cruise. You will learn much about the fragile balance of nature in this unique corner of England and the vast array of birds and other wildlife to be seen.

Upon our return to Wroxham coaches will be waiting to take us back to Norwich where we will rejoin our train for the journey home.

Following our afternoon spent exploring Norwich or enjoying Wroxham and the Broads our return route will retrace that of our outward.

There will be three classes of accommodation, First Class Dining, First Class Non-Dining and Standard Class. First Class Dining includes The Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner.

Class PriceAvailability
First Class Dining£249Good
First Class Dining Party of Four£976Good
First Class Non Dining£179Good
Standard Adult£119Good
Standard Junior£109Good
Norfolk Broads Cruise£18Full

Timings are provisional and should only be used as a guide.

London Victoria07.2522.15
Highbury and Islington08.2021.10