Freight & Wagons
The movement of freight by rail across the British Isles was the core staple for the railways. They were designated 'common carriers' until subsequent amendments in the 1953 Transport Act enabled the railways to refuse the conveyance of unprofitable goods. From the conception of the railway, they have always moved vast tonnages of raw materials - coal and minerals forming a large part of this traffic until the 1960s when traffic began to decline. Fish, newspapers, parcels, petroleum and aggregates were all regularly carried by rail, along with more specialist traffics.
The M&GN Joint Railway Society actively works to preserve and most importantly, operate a wide variety of vehicles associated with rail transport and particularly vehicles that relate to East Anglia and the former M&GN lines. The process to restore freight and goods wagons ensures the preservation of not only the vehicles themselves, but the skills in operating and maintaining the vehicles that would otherwise be lost.
16t mineral wagon B558090
Built by Pressed Steel 1957 - MISSION IMPOSSIBLE! In 16 months, this wagon was turned around from rusty wreck to restored example with a dummy load of granite chippings.
M&GN Brake riding van No12
Built by BRCW Birmingham Railway Carriage Works 1881. The body minus verandas and toolbox was a grounded body at Thursford where it had been since being withdrawn in 1945.
Tank wagon 53083
Owned by North Norfolk Railway. Built by BR Shildon 1965. Last used by BR in an emergency exercise at North Walsham gas depot and laid down on its side. Operational and in use in freight train.
The Joint Heritage Coach Fund supports the restoration of the M&GN Joint Railway Society's carriages and wagons. Members contribute through monthly standing order donations or one off donations and help to fund the cost to restore many of the unique vintage vehicles in the Society's possession.
JHCF members also get the opportunity to visit vehicles under restoration in Weybourne workshops during the M&GN Society Members' Day.