Our 1938 Hudswell-Clarke 0-6-0STWissingtonwas out and about on the North Norfolk Railway on the 25th February undertaking loaded testing to determine the maximum weight that can be realistically hauled up the NNR's 1 in 80 gradients.
She was reported to have performed well and is now nicely run in after a summer working trains on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway. Two round trips were made from Sheringham to Holt, with a load of two Mk.Is and a van (TSO, BCK & CCT), this weighing approximately 85 tons.
Steaming was reported to be very good, with the locomotive able to gather good momentum on level gradients and able to hold between 10 - 12mph on Kelling bank.
will be in steam during the Spring Steam Gala on the North Norfolk Railway, acting as station pilot at Sheringham. There are two weekends this year, with the first on the 8th, 9th & 10th March and the second on the 16th & 17th March.Wissingtonwill join BR Standard 70000Britanniaand a host of other visiting locomotives including a BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0, Class 2 2-6-0, Black 5 45407 and GWR Large Prarie 4141, plus locomotives from the home fleet. More information can be found on the North Norfolk Railway website.