Squire’s Portable Bar

An interesting look at some of the rolling stock on the North Norfolk Railway. Squire’s Portable Bar By guest blogger Don Campbell Steam Preservation Railways are becoming ever more popular and, with the increased revenue, the Societies have been ploughing more and more money into restoring not only locomotives but also old rolling stock –…

David Shepherd sells Black Prince

Since 1967 when it was purchased from British Railway for £3,000, Standard 9F class 92203 has been owned by wildlife artist David Sheppard.  Since then 92203 was named Black Prince and it has become quite a celebrity and even a record holder.  In September 1982, 92203 hauled the heaviest train ever by a steam locomotive in Britain, starting an…

North Norfolk Railway Autumn Steam Gala 2015

On Friday 4th September, I visited the North Norfolk Railway for its’ annual Autumn Steam Gala, and what an event. Before it had even started, on the Thursday, two locomotives had to be withdrawn for the event. Black 5 45337 had leaky tubes and SR West Country Class 34007 Wadebridge had been stuck on the…

The Y14 Returns!

The North Norfolk Railways’ stalwart, the J15 has returned to the railway in its new (or should that be old guise of a Y14). The restoration, which commenced in July 2013 has finally been completed, with one of the most thorough overhauls the loco has ever had.Teases had been seen on the M&GN’s Facebook page…

North Norfolk Railway Spring Steam Gala 2015

 The North Norfolk Railway’s annual steam gala was held on the weekend of the 6th to the 8th March, and what a spectacular weekend it was. The visitors were LNER Class D49 Morayshire, which was visiting from Scotland, a 4-4-0 locomotive designed by Nigel Gresley, courtesy of the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Railway…