Seasonal success in Mid-Norfolk

THE Mid-Norfolk Railway picked up the ‘Polar Express’ franchise for Christmas 2017, running 41 trains spread over 14 days between December 1 and 23.

It proved to be a great success, giving a reported sell-out passenger total of 12,300.

All trains were worked by the two resident Class 47s – Nos 47367 and 47596 Aldeburgh Festival – with visiting Class 50 No. 50026 Indomitable on standby.

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Class 37 No. 37688 approaches Kimberley Park with the first return of the day from Wymondham Abbey on December 30 during the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Winter Warmer gala. Class 47 No. 47596 is on the rear. The Type 3, owned by D05 Preservation, was making its last appearance before departure to the Severn Valley Railway, and will not be returning to the MNR. ANDY MARRISON

The one time the ‘Hoover’ was called upon though, it sat and started to blow a mist of oil and so was moved back to the yard.

Trains ran from Dereham to Hardingham, where a stage was constructed to represent the North Pole.

Less than a week later, with Christmas Day in between, the MNR ran its Winter Warmer diesel gala on December 29-30.

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