North Norfolk Railway Autumn Steam Gala is a Success

The North Norfolk Railway (NNR) held its Autumn Steam Gala on the 1st to the 3rd of September in perfect weather conditions. The event, which was hit with the news that one of its guest locomotives could not attend a week before, still drew in many visitors. The replacement locomotive Pannier Tank 7714 which was provided by the Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) Plc and the SVR Pannier Tank Fund at very short notice provided the additional interest.

Passenger numbers over the weekend were good and apart from a short delay to services late on Friday the weekend went with almost perfect timing. Locomotives featured during the weekend were visitor 53809 7F courtesy of its owner John Moorhouse and the West Somerset Railway, Pannier Tank 7714 already mentioned supported by based locomotives 76084 Standard 4, the B12, WD 90775 and 9F Black Prince (now owned by the NNR) joined also by long term visitor N2 loco1744.

There were a number of different train make ups including the recently introduced Suburban Rake looking resplendent in its Crimson colour scheme. The Freight train also provided something different while double headers featuring the WD and the Pannier gave very rare photo opportunities for enthusiasts.

Initial indications are that this Gala was the best supported since the visit of Tornado back in 2013.

The North Norfolk Railway carries around 166,000 passengers a year and operates Steam and Diesel heritage services between Sheringham and Holt via Weybourne.