STANDARD 4 TO BOW OUT AT AUTUMN SHOWCASE WHILE 104 MAKES FIRST EVENT APPEARANCE

 

The North Norfolk Railway Autumn Showcase weekend on 7 and 8 October is scheduled to feature up to 6 locomotives and a DMU operating a frequent timetable that utilises many of the historic rail vehicles in the care of the North Norfolk Railway and the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society.  British Railways Standard 4 MT No 76084 is set to make its last event appearance prior to overhaul while the weekend will also see the event-debut of newly-restored Class 104 Driving Trailer M56182.

 

The event will see the line’s oldest working locomotive Y14 No 564, which was built in 1912 to a Victorian design, hauling a train of unique 4- and 6- wheeled carriages dating from the 19th century. There will also be a rare opportunity to travel in the sole-surviving “Quad-Art” set dating from the 1920s. The unique vehicles, built to provide maximum capacity on commuter services from Moorgate, have been restored to near-original condition and their use is limited to a handful of days each year. 

 

The M&GN Society’s two 08 diesel shunters, D3635 and D3940, will make an extremely unusual appearance on a passenger trains, being diagrammed to double head along the line’s full 5½ mile length. The workings will be D3940’s first passenger duty to Holt since the locomotive returned to service in 2022 following an extensive overhaul.

 

Meticulously restored Class 104 Driving Car M56182 is also expected to prove popular as the type were once a common sight at Sheringham working trains to Cromer and Norwich. The vehicle which last saw passenger service in 1987 is due to enter service just weeks before the Showcase following a nine-year restoration.

 

7F 2-8-0 53809, built for the famous Somerset & Dorset Railway in 1925, and 1960-built Class 31 diesel locomotive D5631 will complete the line-up and a frequent service of passenger trains will run between Sheringham and Holt from 9.30am each day.

 

In addition to the frequent passenger trains, demonstration goods trains will run to recall the days when goods traffic was more important to many railways than passengers. Visitors will also have the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the Weybourne locomotive and carriage & wagon works where, in return for a small donation, they can join a guided tour of the sheds.

 

At Holt, the 1904-built Reedham Junction Signal Box which was saved for preservation and moved to Holt last year will be open to the public for the first time allowing visitors to see how the restoration is progressing.

 

Commercial Manager, Graham Hukins, commented “The event will showcase the variety of locomotives, carriages and wagons on the line giving visitors a chance to experience contrasting trains and some unusual workings.” 

 

Further details and bookings can be found at www.nnrailway.co.uk/autumn-showcase/ .

 

Following the event, the NNR’s steam and heritage diesel services run at weekends plus Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays until 29 October and the line’s popular festive services, the Norfolk Lights Express and Santa Specials run in November and December – full details of dates and times can be found at www.nnrailway.co.uk.

 

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