Imagine 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 Europe.
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.