B12 Farewell – 30 & 31 October
The final weekend of the railway’s autumn service on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October will give passengers one last chance to ride behind B12 locomotive No. 8572 before she is withdrawn for an overhaul.
Regulations to ensure boiler safety mean that steam engines need to be dismantled for thorough testing and examination of the pressure vessel every 10 years and it is now almost a decade since 8572 last overhaul.
The 93 year-old locomotive will be paired with the line’s unique set of LNER teak-bodied set of four articulated carriages throughout the weekend. These were also built in the 1920s, so passengers will have the opportunity to ride behind the engine in magnificently restored coaches from the same period.
The train will make three-return journeys from Sheringham to Holt on both days and special tickets allow unlimited travel all day on the “farewell specials” and also permit passengers to hop off and ride on any of the other historic trains running over the weekend. With a second steam engine in action along with one of the line’s heritage diesels, there will be three contrasting trains in action on both days making the railway the ideal location for an end of half-term outing.
8572 spent most of her working life in East Anglia and is owned by the Railway’s supporting Charity, the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society who will be launching A Pictorial History of the B12s, a new book about these workhorses, at the event.
Sheringham departures with No. 8572:
1020, 1200, 1340
Holt departures at
1107, 1247, 1427
Fares & Booking
Fares for unlimited travel on the special train and the standard services running on 30 & 31 October are
SENIOR CITIZEN £16.00
M&GNJR Society members can purchase discounted tickets at station booking offices on the day (Member £5 – Member Child £4)
NEW BOOK: A Pictorial History of the B12s
A Pictorial History of the B12s is a new M&GNJR Society publication produced especially to raise funds towards the major ten-year overhaul of 4-6-0 locomotive 8572. The book covers the history of the class using images for some technical detail, and photographs of the engines in operation in East Anglia, Scotland and the Midlands.
The book is 210 x 198mm, 168 pages and uses over 230 photos – many have never been published before – and is priced at £23.95.
Published on 30 October, it is a way to contribute towards 8572’s overhaul and have something unique to show for it!
An ideal Christmas gift for railway fans – contact the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society for details.