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Wartime train forced to cancel appearance in North Norfolk after police escort withdraws

PUBLISHED: 16:14 02 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 02 September 2017

The North Norfolk Railway. PHOTO: IAN BURT  EDP pics © 2010 (01603)772434

The North Norfolk Railway. PHOTO: IAN BURT EDP pics © 2010 (01603)772434

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A train built for the World War Two effort was due to arrive in North Norfolk this weekend, but has had to cancel after the police force could not escort it.

The West Yorkshire Police were required to escort the locomotive from its current base in Worth Valley to Norfolk, for the North Norfolk Steam Gala, however had to cancel at the last minute due to prior commitments such as the Leeds Festival.

A spokesperson for the North Norfolk Railway PLC, said: “We are very disappointed with this response which will prevent the two War Department heavy freight locomotives operating together for the first time, but the requirement for a police escort through West Yorkshire is mandatory for loads of this size.”

The gala is still going ahead with a replacement locomotive, and will also be welcoming a haulage freight locomotive from Somerset.

For further information about the events running to September 3, visit the gala’s website.

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