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Wissington First Passenger Trains

27th July 2012

A momentous step in Wissington's history occured on 27th July 2012, after she hauled her first passenger train in preservation on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway at Brockford.

Preceeding this, for ten years a group of volunteers have soldiered to rebuild Wissington from a kit of parts. Costing £70,000, Wissington's overhaul began ten years ago. After being towed to Weybourne, in 1998, the locomotive was dismantled. After fundraising, the boiler and chassis were taken to Mervyn Mayes boilershop at Yaxham. After the boiler passed a series of examinations, the engine arrived back in Sheringham in December 2010 and was moved to Weybourne to complete the restoration.

Following some test runs on the NNR, the locomotive narrowly met it's request to work on the MSLR and worked passenger, freight and engineering trains during the MSLR's first ever Steam Gala on the 27th, 28th & 29th July. Wissington will then stay at 'The Middy' for the remainder of the year as the line provides a perfect opportunity for the loco to be run in.

2012 Members' Day Announced

15th July 2012

The M&GN Society's annual Members' day will be held on Saturday 6th October, 2012.

The day marks 125 years since the line from Holt to Sheringham was opened. As much of the Society's locomotives and rolling stock will run as is possible.

The M&GN Circle will have a display of relevant artefacts at Sheringham and the Junior Club will be putting on displays at Weybourne. There will also be shed tours, which are free to Loco Club members. At Holt, the NNR Education Department will be opening the Railway Cottage.

Adrian Vaughan will be giving slide shows in the Railway Institute and the Museum will be open and showing relevant items to the anniversary.

There will be free travel for members on an intensive service. We look forward to welcoming you all on the day. Please ensure that you bring your membership card with you as proof of entitlement.

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16T Mineral Wagon Appeal

3rd July 2012

After an appeal in Joint Line for funds to purchase a 16 ton Mineral Wagon, the Society has now purchased and transported the wagon to Weybourne.

However, we now need to raise more funds to pay for repairs to the chassis, axleboxes and to purchase materials to rebuild some of the upper wagon structure. Volunteers have already begun the task of cleaning and descaling the wagon but work will not be able to proceed without further financial support.

If you would like to support the 16T Mineral Wagon appeal, please send a cheque (Payable to M&GNJRS) to:

M&GN Society 16T Appeal,
Sheringham Station (NNR),
NR26 8RA

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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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