North Norfolk diesel gala becomes a mixed traction event after home fleet shortage

THE North Norfolk Railway’s (NNR) June 15-17 event was changed from a diesel event to a mixed traction day because of a shortage of available home fleet diesels, which became apparent in late-May.

Three visiting locos included the Bury Hydraulic Group’s ever-popular and much-travelled ‘Warship’ No. D832 Onslaught.

Class 11 No. 12131 was in operation at Sheringham during the NNR’s mixed traction gala top-and-tailing Mk1 coaches with a steam or a diesel loco. It is seen on a demonstration goods train in Sheringham South Yard on June 16. ANDY MARRISON

This was the first appearance of the type on the NNR, far from the class’s original area of operations.

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Also attending were Metropolitan red-liveried Class 20 No. 20227 Sherlock Holmes and DRS Class 37 No. 37038.

Visitors to the NNR’s June 15-17 event are seen during positioning at Sheringham station on June 16. East Lancashire Railway’s ‘Warship’, No. D832 Onslaught (left) waits alongside DRS Class 37 No. 37038. The Class 42 entered BR service in February 1961 and was withdrawn in December 1972, and subsequently preserved. The EE Type 3 entered traffic just over a year later, in May 1962, and is still in regular main line use. ANDY MARRISON

In addition to having some diesel working replaced by steam, the gala clashed with several big events, railway and non-railway in the area, as well as the start of the football World Cup, resulting in a lower attendance than had been hoped.

Privately owned resident Class 08 No. D3935 (08767) returned to service during the event for the first time in six years, working one passenger train each day from Weybourne to Holt and back.

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