Bressingham Steam and Gardens’ gala celebrates 50th year of the Nursery Railway

The Bressingham Steam Gala. The two ft gauge Nursery railway with the George Sholto locomotive celeb

The Bressingham Steam Gala. The two ft gauge Nursery railway with the George Sholto locomotive celebrating it's 50th anniversary, passes the Gallopers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A celebration of steam attracted thousands of people to Bressingham Steam and Gardens' heritage gala weekend.

The event was held to celebrate the 2ft narrow gauge Nursery Railway which has clocked up 50 years of service.

Since 1966 the 2.5 mile railway has been a mainstay at the museum and the locomotive George Sholto, which christened the track then, was in operation and bringing smiles to the faces of a new generation. Guest engines Rishra and Chaloner, from Leighton Buzzard Railway, were also on hand to take visitors on a ride.

Phillip Rooke, museum curator, said: 'More than 2,000 people have turned up over the weekend. I think it has exceeded our expectations. We've had a lot of enthusiasts as well. At the end of the day we line all the 2ft engines up and we had a lot of people wait until then to get pictures.'

Also on show were several traction engines from the Charles Burrell Museum in Thetford, including the much-loved Queen Mary, and Bressingham's Garrett Steam Tractor Bunty and Buster the Burrell Roller.


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On Sunday the traction engines, road rollers and Jones's Butcher's van and fire engine from the museum's Dad's Army Collection, took part in a short road run into Diss.

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