A Norfolk heritage railway is running a special tour with the opportunity to see a steam locomotive that was recently taken out of service. 

Last month, the North Norfolk Railway announced that their 9F No. 92203 'Black Prince' had been temporarily withdrawn.

It had reached the end of its ten-year boiler ticket, which is a safety certificate for steam locomotives, and it has covered almost 35,000 miles since joining The Poppy Line fleet in 2014.

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Investigations also revealed a leak in the main internal steam pipe of No. 92203.

With several other locos currently undergoing overhauls in the line’s engineering facility at Weybourne, it is being stored until funding and workshop space becomes available.

Visitors will be able to see 'Black Prince' again by joining a special tour on Sunday, April 28 2024 in Weybourne from either 11.15am or 12.10pm. 

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It will go behind the scenes in the locomotive and carriage sheds that are not normally open to the public. 

Graham Hukins, interim general manager, said: "This is a rare chance to get up close to 'Black Prince' and some of our other locomotives at ground level, from where you can appreciate the sheer size of these mammoth machines.

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"There is nothing like standing next to one of 'Black Prince’s' driving wheels, which are five feet in diameter, to get a real sense of scale.”

The tours are offered in return for a donation (suggested minimum £10) and can be booked via enquiries@nnrailway.co.uk or 01263 820800 - option 4 then option 1.

Passengers taking tours should travel by train from Sheringham or Holt – standard fares apply and Day Rover tickets allow unlimited trips.

The North Norfolk Railway's steam services run on most days between April and October, with additional activities during special events.