Wednesday, 10 February 2010

North Norfolk

A visit for various reasons yesterday and today to the North Norfolk Railway, a super little line and many kind folk who looked after us. Here's a gem from the Carriage & Wagon workshop at Weybourne, a Midland & Great Northern Railway riding van from a breakdown train, dating from the 1880s, a superb restoration nearing completion.
Further down the works is the Wisbech & Upwell Tramway coach, sister to the one that starred in the "Titfield Thunderbolt". In homage to the film, this rebuild includes a bar very similar to the one propped up by Mr Valentine in the 1950s classic comedy. "Wines and Spirits first!"

Next door in the loco works, was the N7, Number 69621, so Chris Beet and Richard Pearson gave it an inspection before its visit to York over Easter.

Outside in the yard was a part of the National Collection, LEV 1, looking much happier than when I last saw it 6 years ago. All windows replaced, seating renewed and it runs - good news!

Just before leaving, we nipped up to Holt to see the LNER Quad Art carriages, but on our way, we were all taken with this Colman's mustard van, beautifully restored by a community group but awaiting a proper roof. Thanks to all at the NNR who facilitated our visit, I'm sure we shall be back!

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