‘Hoover’ visits Mid-Norfolk for major winter events

CONFIRMED locos for the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Winter Warmer diesel gala on December 29-30 include
Class 50 No. 50026 Indomitable, on its last runs before leaving the railway following an extended stay.

Indomitable will be backed up by residents Class 37 No. 37688 and Class 47s Nos. 47367 and 47596 Aldeburgh Festival.

Paul Spracklen’s Class 50 No. 50026 Indomitable arrived at the MNR in late-October by road, fresh from its gala appearance at the Epping Ongar Railway. As well as gala appearances it is helping out with ‘Polar Express’ trains. The Type 4 was in use on the first day of the October 27-29 diesel gala, running 100 miles with a well-filled, three-coach vacuum-braked set. It is seen the following day, waiting to depart from Thuxton with the first train to Wymondham Abbey. ANDY MARRISON

It is hoped a main line loco will also appear, possibly from DRS.

The first train departs Dereham for Wymondham Abbey each day at 08.50, followed by six further departures, until the last at 15.50.

Adult rover is £16 in advance or £18 on the day, with return tickets also available at £14, and reductions for concessions, children and families.

The MNR has picked up Weardale and Dartmoor Railways’ ‘Polar Express’ franchise, following the former’s dispute with the copyright holder, and will be running many such trains throughout December.

All standard fare tickets have been sold, with just a few premium tickets available in mid-November.

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