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Wissington Returns to the NNR

8th December 2010

The M&GN Society's Hudswell-Clark Countess of Warwick Class 0-6-0 Wissington arrived back on the North Norfolk Railway, eleven years after the project started. Wissington now has a fully repaired boiler and has now been taken up to Weybourne works to begin the final stages of overhaul.

This work will include lifting the locomotive to repair the six axleboxes, making a new ashpan, lubrication system, fitting vacuum brakes and an ejector and many other tasks.

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M&GN Society Members' Day 2010

2nd October 2010

The M&GN Society held its first annual 'Members Day' on the 1st October. A Society Special consisting of the newly launched Wisbech and Upwell coach and the M&GN brake van ran alongside the J15 on the Quads and 31207 on a Mk.I coaching set. The Society Special was hauled by Ring Haw and provided passengers with a unique opportunity to ride in these two historic vehicles. Tours of the NNR engineering shops at Weybourne were also on offer along with free admission to the William Marriott Museum for the day.

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NNR Autumn Steam Gala 2010

5th September 2010

The NNR's Autumn Steam Gala saw another big gala for the Railway with four visitors joining the home fleet for the event. The NRM's SR 4-6-0 30777 'Sir Lamiel', 9F 2-10-0 92212, Black 5 4-6-0 44767 'George Stephenson'and GNR N2 0-6-2T 1744 worked throughout the three day event which was blessed with sunshine throughout.

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Wissington Hydraulic Test

6th June 2010

The overhaul of Wissington has reached another milestone with the a successful hydraulic test of her boiler. A hydraulic test involves pumping water into the boiler at high pressure to check for any leaks and imperfections in the boiler without having to raise steam. Boiler inspector Les Rhodes witnessed the boiler hold successfully hold a pressure of 240 psi for a period of 30 minutes and then conducted the assessment.

Society representative John Howard was in attendance and whilst a few minor weeps were noted, these were not deemed to be of any concern by those present. This now means the boiler can be steam tested before it is secured in the frames of the loco.

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Sheringham Level Crossing

11th March 2010

Thursday 11th March 2010 will undoubtedly mark one of the most significant days in the history fo the Society and North Norfolk Railway.

British Railways Standard Britannia Class locomotive, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' left London Liverpool Street in the early hours, to arrive at Sheringham ready to become the first passenger train to cross over to NNR metals for over 30 years.

In the lead up to this event, a group of volunteers, aided by a contractor had worked tirelessly through the winter to lay the rails for the crossing.

The crossing now allows mainline charters and locos to be brought in by rail, which will undoubtedly bring in a massive boost to the Railway and Sheringham in general.

Nearly 10,000 lined the streets and lineside as Cromwell traversed the crossing and the event kickstarted the NNR's Spring Steam Gala over the weekend.

It will be hard to relive the euphoria of the day, but maybe, one day we will.

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The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society is the supporting charity of (and major shareholder in) the North Norfolk Railway, which operates a 5¼ mile heritage railway from Sheringham to Holt.

The Society actively works to preserve, display and operate a wide range of historical artefacts which include four steam locomotives and many unique carriages and wagons.

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