North Norfolk Railway steam gala will not feature Sir Nigel Gresley after shock Network Rail decision

The Sir Nigel Gresley in action. The Sir Nigel Gresley in action.

Sunday, March 2, 2014
5:23 PM

A popular heritage steam gala weekend will be without one of its star locomotives after a last minute decision by Network Rail which left organisers “devastated”.

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The Sir Nigel Gresley, built in 1937, was expected to be the star of the North Norfolk Railway (NNR) event in Sheringham between March 7-9.

It was due to travel from Norwich to Sheringham but Network Rail told gala organisers on Thursday the locomotive could not travel on that section of track because of “weight restrictions”.

NNR general manager Trevor Eady said: “We are devastated. To find a replacement a week before is proving difficult. We hope to find something because we need the extra engine to make the gala extra special.”

Network Rail was approached for a comment but had not responded by the time the EDP went to press.

The gala, which attracts thousands of people, is continuing and will feature five locomotives if a replacement is not found.

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19 comments

  • Once again another shambles from Network Rail who earlier on gave the go ahead from this iconic loco to be at the North Norfolk Railway gala. They say it is to do with weight restrictions but there have been other loco on that line that were either the same weight or slightly heavier. I do not think Network Rail will be getting many thank you's for their decision at the last hour.

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    loco

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • it also shows what a great job all the volunteers at nnr do on the tracks if theirs can take constant weight of these beasts and network rails cant

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • A train not allowed from Norwich to Sheringham is hardly the end of the world is it.

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    Bernie o'connor

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • They should make the idiots at network rail who changed their minds at last minute pay the compensation that NNR are due out of their own pocket. That might concentrate their minds in future It will still be a good weekend NNR put a lot of effort in to the galas

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    Reader

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • How heavy is the Oliver Cromwell? That was there only last SeptemberOctober. That came over the crossing.

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    Bryan Coates

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Perhaps it could be moved tofrom the NNR by road on a low loader (paid for by Network Rail!)?

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    pwharley

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • We all know the railways in Norfolk and Suffolk are not fit for purpose and for once Network Rail admit it! Most of the problems with the Norwich - London services are caused by Network Rail and they get away with it almost every time, poor old Greater Anglia has to deal with this crowd of useless individuals on a daily basis. Apparently they told the North Norfolk Railway that Sir Nigel Gresley could go to Sheringham and then changed their minds - what an outfit.

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    Port Watcher

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • #Norfolk and Good. You say that the "Tornado" steam loco, weighing 166 tons went to Sheringham. If it was about 2 years ago, if I remember rightly, the "Tornado" was sandwiched between two diesel locos, so how much did all those three weigh? yet Network Rail let that trio through.

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    Adrian in Derby

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • @Bryan Coates - have you never heard of G00gle???

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • @Bryan Coates - have you never heard of G00gle???

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • NNR should have gotten a contract signed....

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    KeithS

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I cant believe what I have just read if the track cannot take this loco what are the chances of an accident involving a daily hourly service train or is it just some jumped up steam loco hating person who has too much clout at british rail. bring the ice road truckers over they will soon let us know if it will collapse or not

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • network rail is a joke travel between Norwich and Ely regular and you will find out why :(

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    mobbsy

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • As Reader stated it will still be a great gala as always. To pwharley: this had been discussed mate but it takes a lot of prep to get it ready to come by road. Network Rail must also remember it is these great heritage loco's that also do rail tours and bring revenue in so that Network Rail can keep getting their profits, which they should then use so that gala's like this can continue to go on.

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    loco

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Obviously lack of railway maintenance has something to do with it, if they could take the weight if heavier locos a couple of years ago but not now speaks for itself .yes loco looking forward to it as always

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    Reader

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Network Rail what a bunch or useless engineers! What would they do in a national crisis, errr call China maybe. Come on people we built this country strong have some faith and just getting on with it, and ditch this H&S nonsense. You have already killed 11 people at level crossings so we know its not working.

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    Paul Morley

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • 100 tonne tankers from North walsham to Norwich are allowed on the route with speed restrictions over certain bridges and parts of the track (29973 form) issued to the train driver

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    mobbsy

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • The "Tornado" steam loco, weighing 166 tons, went to Sheringham without incident, so why should the Nigel Gresley, weighing 165 tons, cause a problem? This is just some Elf 'n' Safety-obsessed penpusher at Notwork Rail who probably delights in saying "The answer's NO - what's the question?"!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • The "Tornado" steam loco, weighing 166 tons, went to Sheringham without incident, so why should the Nigel Gresley, weighing 165 tons, cause a problem? This is just some Elf 'n' Safety-obsessed penpusher at Notwork Rail who probably delights in saying "The answer's NO - what's the question?"!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

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