Launched in 1997, the Bittern Line community rail partnership was one of the first of its kind to be formed in the UK. Community rail is about local communities taking pride in their railway station and its surroundings.
Both the railway line and the community rail partnership were named as the result of a local newspaper competition to give the line a name. The bittern is a rare small heron that can be spotted at certain wetlands with large reedbeds.
As well as helping to promote rail usage, the partnership works closely with volunteers, local authorities and train operator Greater Anglia to enhance stations and support events and businesses along the route.
The partnership is funded by Greater Anglia with support from North Norfolk District Council, Sheringham Town Council, Cromer Town Council, North Walsham Town Council and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships.