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Saturday, August 17, 2013
Giant steam engines will be rolling into north Norfolk for the increasingly popular Poppy Line summer gala.
The event will be taking place on the North Norfolk Railway attraction, which runs between Sheringham and Holt, from Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1.
It will feature five vintage locomotives and is expected to attract more than 3,000 people over the weekend.
Enthusiasts from across the country flock to the event as well as dozens of holidaymakers to north Norfolk and nearby residents.
Colin Borg, North Norfolk marketing director, said: “It is all about locos and engines. It attracts the hardcore steam enthusiasts but because it includes very big engines and lots of trains it attracts holidaymakers, too.
“You cannot miss the giant engines thundering up and down.”
He added that part of the appeal of steam galas was because of the noise and smell from the machinery.
“They somehow strike a chord, even with those who don’t remember steam engines. Little kids love them. The fascination of steam is hard to explain but it is definitely there,” Mr Borg said.
There will be an intensive service running between 8.30am and 6.30pm each day.
Enthusiasts will also be able to see a goods train leave Holt station every morning at 7.20am during the gala.
A train will be running at 6.30pm on Friday and Saturday and fish and chips and beer will be served for an extra cost on top of the ticket fare.
Two of the main attractions will be the Tornado and Oliver Cromwell.
The Tornado is the only steam loco built in the 21st century and was constructed by enthusiasts about four years ago. Oliver Cromwell ran the Norwich to London express trains during the 1950s and 1960s before diesel trains took over in the late 1960s.
Another of the giant engines will be the Sir Lamiel which used to haul holiday expresses from London to the West Country during the age of steam. Passengers will also be able to ride on a 1924 wooden bodied train, which is the only one of its kind in the country.
Tickets cost £19, £18, £11 or £45. Visit www.nnrailway.co.uk