Scottish steam loco Morayshire stars in North Norfolk Railway steam gala this weekend

Morayshire on her home track at Bo'ness. This weekend she is starring in the steam gala at the Nort

Morayshire on her home track at Bo'ness. This weekend she is starring in the steam gala at the North Norfolk Railway. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA - Credit: PA

An historic railway loco whose steam once powered a laundry has a pressing engagement on a Norfolk tourist attraction this weekend.

The 1928 Morayshire has headed south from its Scottish home to be the star guest at the North Norfolk Railway spring steam gala.

The 4-4-0 mainline loco, designed by famous steam engineer Sir Nigel Gresley, is among six engines hauling trains between Friday and Sunday.

North Norfolk Railway general manager Trevor Eady said it was a unique chance to see the Morayshire on the Poppy Line.

'We have only been able to afford it by teaming up with two other heritage railways to share the £18,000 cost of bringing her down by road,' he added.

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The Darlington-built loco was based mainly in Scotland during its working life. It was saved from the scrap yard in 1961 and had a year as a stationary boiler at a laundry in Edinburgh before being put into storage and later restored for the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.

The other guest engine this weekend is a Great Western Railway tanker 1501 from the Severn Valley Railway. Home fleet locos will be the Black Prince, B12, Standard 4 and Wissington.

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A full timetable of services is running all weekend. Visit or call 01263 820800 for information and tickets.

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