entering a railway carriage and finding that your fellow
railway passengers included members of our own royal
family and also a number of the crown heads of
In 1861 Queen Victoria purchased the estate of
Sandringham for her eldest son Edward as a coming of age
present. It was decided that a railway line should be
installed that would link the royal family estate in
Norfolk directly through to London Kings cross. So it
was during 1862 in the quiet village of Wolferton that
the royal railway line was opened. The future King
Edward VII moved into Sandringham in 1863 with his bride
Princess Alexandra of Denmark. They traveled up to the
Norfolk estate on the royal train.
Over the years the station at Wolferton was extended
into a large suite of rooms. Resulting in a luxurious
and comfortable place for visiting dignitaries to be
entertained by the royal family in some style whilst
their luggage was transported up to the royal estate.
Princess Alexandra even had her own sitting room, which
she upholstered in her own favorite shade of blue. The
Prince had an oak paneled snug and even the private
facilities were said to have been done up in royal blue
with gold decoration. The station also boasted a small
garden that was concealed from the public gaze for the
famous personages to stroll in.
One unwelcome visitor to the train station was the
Russian monk Rasputin who is reputed to have turned up
one day demanding to see the King. It is alleged that he
was firmly rebuffed and put on the next train back to
London. The railway line was much used by Edward and
Alexandra and between the years 1884 and 1911 over 650
trains are said to have called at the station. Over the
coming years successive generations of the royal family
continued to use the line. When King George VI died at
Sandringham in 1952 the royal station and line were used
to transport his body back to London.
Unfortunately in 1966 the line and the station were
closed. The station was then turned into a museum, where
one could see along with other interesting furniture
from the royal trains, Queen Victoria's travelling bed.
The museum then also closed and the house passed into
private hands. In 2001 after careful restoration the
building was sold by auction and is now a private
residence not open to the public.