Pannier in for ‘WD’ at North Norfolk gala

THE North Norfolk Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala on October 1-3 was the line’s most successful in four years, producing an upturn in passenger numbers not seen since the visit of ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado in 2013.

Visiting 0-6-0PT No. 7714 pilots S&D ‘7F’ 2-8-0 No. 53809 on the approach to Weybourne on September 2. The pannier was an 11th-hour replacement for ‘WD’ 2-8-0 No. 90733. BRIAN SHARPE

However, just one week before the event, the railway received the news the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s ‘WD’ 2-8-0 No. 90733 would not be able to attend owing to the unavailability of a police escort.

It had been hoped the ‘Dub-Dee’s’ visit would enable the railway to showcase the first preservation pairing of an ‘Austerity’ 2-8-0 and 2-10-0, but regrettably No. 90733’s absence meant this had to be postponed.

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An 11th-hour replacement was found in the form of the SVR Pannier Tank Fund’s ‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 7714, which proved to be quite a draw in its own right.

Also visiting for the gala was West Somerset Railway-based ‘7F’ 2-8-0 No. 53809, courtesy of its owner John Moorhouse.

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