Steam gala on North Norfolk Railway

A treat is in store for steam railway enthusiasts when the Poppy Line (North Norfolk Railway) holds its annual three-day steam gala from Friday August 31 to Sunday September 2.

A treat is in store for steam railway enthusiasts when the Poppy Line (North Norfolk Railway) holds its annual three-day steam gala from Friday August 31 to Sunday September 2.

The star of this year's show will be the Black Prince, one of the last steam locomotives to be built in England, which is visiting the railway over the summer.

Other engines, including one which hauled the Athens-to-Istanbul express and another that is still working after a century of use, will also be on show.

Hugh Harkett, managing director of the Poppy Line, said: “We are aiming to recreate the buzz and bustle of a really busy railway. We should have as many as six engines in steam, hauling trains on an intensive timetable and carrying out shunting duties at Sheringham and Holt.”

Research carried out by the line has shown that more than half of visitors to the railway are coming back for more.

Last year 52pc of passengers came back for a second visit.

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Rover tickets are £12 for adults, £11 for senior citizens and £5 for children. For more information call 01263 820800 or visit www.nnr.co.uk.

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