Thanks to your help, on 11th March 2010, Oliver Cromwell crossed the road, for information about the construction and planning of the project, see below, or for some photos see here
The first test train passed across on Sunday 7th March, this was in the form of DRS class 37, No. 37194, as part of a test train, a photo of the train can be found here. The locomotive also performed two return trips to Holt, some photos, including 37194 at Holt can be seen on Jerry Dickensons fotopic site here
The big day soon arrived! 70013 Oliver Cromwell departed from London Kings Cross at 08:40 with the Broadsman special train, this service, upon reaching Norwich, divided to allow 70013 and a set of 5 coaches, along with class 37, 37516, (5 coaches is the maximum length the signalling at Cromer is able to accomodate and the class 37 was needed to allow reversal) departed for Sheringham. The passengers who were not able to travel in the 5 coach service were taken to Holt by road coach to be met by a speial North Norfolk Railway service, operated by N2, 1744 and N7 69621 and our "Quad-Art Coaches". This service took passengers to Sheringham to ensure they saw 70013 cross the road.
70013 passed across Station Road around 14:15 on 11th March 2010, making history in its progress, the banner the locomotive passed through can now be seen on platform 2 at Sheringham. It is estimated that around 6000 people turned out to see 70013 enter the history books.
The crossing itself was opened by non other than pop guru and rail enthusiast Pete Waterman OBE, whose GWR 52xx locomotive no. 5224 visited the North Norfolk Railway in spring 2008. Due to the volume of people involved, the opening speech had to be done from the top of a double decker bus!
The day was a wonderful occasion and also marked the start of our 2010 Spring Gala, which featured N2 1744 and GWR 56xx 5619 as visiting locomotives alongside the home fleet of N7, J15 and Ring Haw as well as supporting act of our class 25 and class 03 diesel on Sheringham shunting duties.
The next tour across the crossing has been announced as Saturday 24th April 2010, with a pair of DRS class 37s at the helm. The tour is starting at Crewe with a class 20 and a 37, with the train dividing at Norwich, the class 20 will take a portion to Great Yarmouth and the 37s will come to Sheringham and through to Holt. At current it is not known which class members are booked to operate this train.
Read below for more details on the planning and construction of Sheringham Level Crossing
CROSSING RE-OPENING GETS BIG TV AND RADIO COVERAGE
Add Pete Waterman to the heady mix of Oliver Cromwell and the first passenger train across Station Road for 46 years, and you’ve got the broadcast media hooked!
The Railway has never had such extensive coverage on TV (both ITV and BBC) and radio (BBC Radio Norfolk, North Norfolk Radio and Radio Norwich).
Perhaps we were helped by the fact that the following night Pete Waterman was due to appear on the Eurovision Song Contest show on BBC, by the weather which was certainly on our side, and by the sheer numbers in the crowd (one police estimate put it at 8,000). But it was something of a coup to get both BBC and ITV bringing their satellite broadcasting vehicles to give live coverage of one of the most significant days in our history.
The photographers were out in force and listed below are links to some of the more memorable pictures and videos taken on the day.
BBC Link 1
BBC Link 2
BBC Link 3
Click here for the archive of the level crossings construction