Steam engines draw the crowds as Charles Burrell Museum celebrates it’s 25th year and spring opening

The Charles Burrell Museum is open for the season.

The Charles Burrell Museum is open for the season. - Credit: Archant

The Charles Burrell Museum's steam engines were out on show and wowing the crowds as the popular museum opened it doors for the season.

The Charles Burrell Museum is open for the season.

The Charles Burrell Museum is open for the season. - Credit: Archant

Celebrating its 25th year, the Thetford museum allowed visitors the chance to see its engines at work and discover the story behind engineer Charles Burrell and the business that once employed 400 people in the town.

The museum's marquee engine, the Queen Mary - which has undergone an extensive face lift over the winter - was joined by working miniatures and guest engines.

Also attracting attention was Jones' butchers van, which made an appearance in the recent Dad's Army film.

And new for this season, visitors were able to take a break from the fun by enjoying tea and cake at the museum's café.

Manager John Waple said: 'There is a lot of enthusiasm for steam engines. The thing you love to hear when people come through the door is, 'wow'. It is really lovely to see the youngsters interested.

'It is terrific to be celebrating 25 years. The museum has really come along way over the last few years. Because of the state of the building and the lack of volunteers, a few years ago we thought we might end up having to close.

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