Norfolk Railway Society’s annual show helps Wissington steam engine restoration project

A railway society's annual show has helped to raise more than �300 towards an engine restoration project.

More than 120 people flocked to the Norfolk Railway Society's 16th annual show, which was held at the Ipswich Road United Reformed Church Hall in Norwich on Saturday.

The show featured model layouts, an archive exhibition, railway art and a photographic display.

This year's theme was Norwich stations and there were displays about Norwich Thorpe station, which is now simply called Norwich and is still the main station for the city, as well Norwich Victoria, which was on the site where the Queen's Road Sainsbury's is now, and the City Station, which was near to where Halford's is now in Barker Street.

The event also raised �320 towards the restoration of the Wissington engine, which spent its working life in and around the British Sugar Corporation factory, on the Wissington Tramway.

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The restoration is being carried out by the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society, which is the charity that supports and is the major shareholder in the North Norfolk Railway. The restoration is nearing its completion, with hopes that it will be steaming around Easter time, and the money donated by the Norfolk Railway Society will go towards buying paint for the engine.

Mike Fordham, of Norfolk Railway Society, said: 'It was a good show and we had approaching 150 people turn up.

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'We have been supporting the Wissington restoration for a while and so it was good to be able to raise some more money towards that.'

The show also featured displays by other groups, such as the Southwold Railway Trust, Barton House Railway and the Friends of Norwich City Station.

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