Spa Valley ‘Crompton’ replaces ‘Deltic’ at North Norfolk gala

CLASS 33 No. 33063 R.J. Mitchell will visit the North Norfolk Railway’s June 14-16 mixed traction gala in place of Class 55 No. 55009 Alycidon, following its failure while working on the main line on March 3 (RM April, p98). 

The ‘33’ appears courtesy of the South East Locomotive Group, and is making a rare appearance away from its base on the Spa Valley Railway.

Class 37 No. D6732 returned to the North Norfolk Railway on April 16 following major attention by HNRC at Barrow Hill and tyre turning at Doncaster Roberts Road. It underwent a number of test runs before re-entering service and saw regular use on the mixed traction timetable in May. It is due to take part in the June 14-16 gala. No. D6732 is seen at Sheringham on May 3 having arrived with the 13.55 from Holt. ANDY MARRISON

In early May, the Deltic Preservation Society offered to send No. 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier to the event in Alycidon’s place. However, the cost of conveying it by rail from Barrow Hill proved prohibitive as, not itself main line certified, it needed to be hauled by another loco at commercial rates.

DRS is supporting the event and will send a Class 37 or a 57 depending on availability.

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