North Norfolk Railway gearing up for autumn steam gala and 1940s weekend

North Norfolk Railway's 1940s weekend. Saturday at Sheringham Station.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

North Norfolk Railway's 1940s weekend. Saturday at Sheringham Station.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The North Norfolk Railway is getting up a head of steam for a busy September.

Seven-year-old steam fan Rosie Smith and dad Adam watch the Black Prince set off from Weybourne stat

Seven-year-old steam fan Rosie Smith and dad Adam watch the Black Prince set off from Weybourne station. Photo: Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

The heritage line will attract 35,000 over the weekend of September 19 and 20 when it hosts its biggest single event of the year - the 1940s weekend.

But before that it will showcase seven locos in its autumn steam gala this weekend.

Star visitors will be the returning B1 Mayflower, taking a break from its mainline tour to visit the gala and stay on for the 40s extravaganza.

There will also be a green-painted 9F from the Great Central Railway in Loughborough.


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It is a sister loco to the railway's own Black Prince - and the two could well be running together.

A southern region West Country pacific 4-6-2 loco called Wadebridge is also visiting from the Mid Hants Railway.

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Four of the lines own locos will also be in steam.

Railway general manager Trevor Eady said the line had two galas in March and September. The early one tended to draw enthusiasts, while the autumn one attracted local families.

The 1940s weekend continued to grow - with more involvement from businesses at Holt this time. Vintage buses will be taking people to the town centre.

Other spin-off events saw a 1940s dance at Sheringham High School, and a 1940s-themed show at Cromer Pier.

Mr Eady said the railway was just about at capacity for the 1940s weekend so it was good to see towns and venues along the route getting involved.

For information about the steam and 1940s events visit www.nnrailway.co.uk or call 01263 820800

A Vintage Dance Night is being held at Holt Community Centre on

Saturday September 19 by Major Swing and Kitty. (30s to 50s). call 01476 565199.

A Victory Swing dance is being held at Sheringham High School the same night with three DJ'S.

Bring your own drink. Call 07538427727 or visit www.cactuspromotions.co.uk

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