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Y14 Overhaul Update

15th November 2013

The Y14:2014 Appeal is already allowing real progress to be made on the overhaul of J15 7564, which will see her returned in the guise of a Great Eastern Railway Y14. The appeal has now breached £40,000 and thank you to all those who have so far donated. Without your help we would not be able to update you on the fantastic progress to date! But there is still a long way to go before the works can be completed though - if you haven't yet donated to the appeal, please do so today so we can return our centenarian locomotive back to steam for another ten years.

You can support the appeal by making a single or monthly donation (you can download a form here) or joining a supporting club, such as The Loco Club or the J15 '200' Club.

After 7564's frames were lifted cleared of her wheels, the three driving wheelsets have been in a specialist wheel lathe to undergo machining to a 'P9' profile specification. This profile ensures the locomotive sits correctly on the rail head and tracks around curves accordingly with minimum flange wear. This is one of several tasks being undertaken that must be completed whilst the locomotive is dismantled, as machining a wheelset once assembled is difficult to undertake without a specialist rolling road type wheel lathe.

The tender frames have now been stripped and are in undercoat, ready for the first application of Great Eastern Railway blue. Several test panels are being produced to ensure the correct shade of GER Blue is sourced to match the original and we are working with Williamsons, a paint specialist who still hold on record the original mixes from over a century ago, including GER, LNER and BR specifications.

The engine's front bufferbeam has now been removed, with repair work taking place as necessary with the cylinder pistons removed for machining.

Looking ahead, the locomotive's boiler will be stripped and assessed, with repairs made where possible - whilst the appeal fund raised to date will enable this work to begin, we cannot emphasise enough our reliance on YOUR help and support to the appeal to enable it to be finished. We still need to raise a further £60,000 to complete the overhaul. Please dig into your pockets and give generously.

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Norwich Horse Dray Progress

19th October 2013

Work has been continuing at a steady pace on a Midland & Great Northern Railway Horse Dray, understood to have come from the former Norwich M&GN City Station.

The dray is currently undergoing overhaul under contract in a private wheelwright's workshops and is being restored using traditional techniques and skills.

Work to date includes the retyring of several wheels, the manufacture of new spokes for the wheels and new wood for the dray deck, representing long term investment in this unique artifact of railway history. The dray would have originally been used to make local pick-ups and deliveries from Norwich City station. It was donated to the M&GN Joint Railway Society by the Norfolk Museums Service, who held it within their collection at Gressenhall working life museum near Dereham.

Once restored, the dray will be on display at Holt station with the long term intention being to use it on special days for shunting and goods train demonstrations. Click on the thumbnail, left for more photographs of the restoration to date.

Appeal Reaches New Milestone

19th October 2013

The Y14:2014 Appeal has reached another milestone, with the £35,000 mark being reached a month and two days after the appeal was launched.

Thank you to all who have donated to the appeal so far. This massive boost to the appeal in the first month ensures that the overhaul can continue at a productive pace, with much work ongoing. So far the locomotive's boiler and tender tank have been lifted from their frames and all axleboxes have been removed. A pictorial update of works will be added to the website shortly.

Whilst the appeal has got off to a fantastic start, there is still a long way to go to ensure our centenarian 0-6-0 can steam again. We must raise a further £65,000 to avoid a long and drawn out overhaul funded by conventional means. If this happens, then it may take several years to return 7564 to steam. So please dig into your pockets and donate to this worthy cause!

You can support the appeal by making a single donation, making a monthly donation or joining a supporting club, such as The Loco Club or the J15 '200' Club.

Supporters of the overhaul can also elect to sponsor components for overhaul. These range from small parts, such as Axlebox oil pads, through to the overhaul of the whistle and valve and the construction of a new cab. You can specify which parts you would like to sponsor on the donation form. We have devised a sliding scale of rewards for supporters of the appeal. More information, including downloadable donation forms can be found on the Y14:2014 Appeal Page.

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'Wandering 1500' Members' Day

8th October 2013

Thank you to all M&GN Joint Railway Society members who came out to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 'Wandering 1500' railtour on Saturday 5th October, exactly fifty years to the day since the pioneering tour ran.

The tour, run on the 5th October 1963 was the first tour to use a privately owned steam locomotive to haul a steam passenger charter train on British Railways. At the time of the tour, 8572 was owned by the Society, although BR authorities were not aware at the time. The tour's original fireman, David Butcher was a guest of the Railway for the day and rode on the footplate of our B12 with Driver and Society Engineer Keith Ashford and Fireman David Harris.

The day began with a sharp 9.20am departure from Sheringham, the exact same time the tour left Broad Street in London for the midlands via the East Coast Mainline. The original tour ran to Stratford-upon-Avon and returned via the West Coast Mainline. The Railway Touring Company ran a slightly different route, heading from Liverpool Street station via the Great Eastern Mainline to Norwich, with 7MT 4-6-0 70013 Oliver Cromwell.

On arrival at Sheringham, 70013 detached to allow our LNER B12, No.8572 take the train forward to Holt and return. In the meantime, Oliver Cromwell worked light to Weybourne for servicing.

Class 31 D5631 was also working throughout the day, bringing together three former Norwich Shed (32a) locomotives for the first time. Both the B12 and D5631 hauled the Quad-Art set and Mk.I set, which included the Muddle and Go Nowhere bar which was making it's last appearance of the season.

A selection of photographs from the day can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail, left.

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Appeal Passes First Quarter

4th October 2013

The Y14:2014 Appeal has breached another milestone - in less than three weeks, £25,000 has now been raised for the overhaul of J15 7564, which will see her returned to steam with the appearance of a Great Eastern Railway Y14.

Thank you to all who have so far donated to the appeal. To those of you who have yet to do so, please consider digging into your pockets to give whatever you can, so we can return the M&GN Joint Railway Society's oldest steam locomotive to the rails to steam again for ten more years.

The overhaul of the J15 is already underway at Ian Riley's Bury workshops in Lancashire, but we need to raise a further £75,000 to ensure the overhaul can be completed. They are making good progress on the overhaul, and a selection of photographs showing work to date can be viewed by clicking the thumbnail, left.

If you would like to support the Y14:2014 Appeal, you can Make a Donation. Leaflets can be picked up on the North Norfolk Railway which contain details on our plans for overhaul. Alternatively, you can consider joining the Society Loco Club to show your support.

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2013 Members' Day Update

26th September 2013

The 2013 M&GN Joint Railway Society annual Members' Day on Saturday 5th October on the North Norfolk Railway promises to be very special day.

The event is the 50th anniversary to the day of the original Wandering 1500 railtour, which was the last time our B12 8572 (then numbered 61572) hauled a train for British Railways. To commemorate the event, we will be marking the first departure with an 9.20am departure from Sheringham (the same time the B12 left Broad Street station on the original tour) and a special Wandering 1500 Railtour will be hauled by BR 7MT 70013 Oliver Cromwell from Liverpool Street to Holt.

The day will begin with a few words at Sheringham from Society Chairman Neil Sharpe, followed by Richard Hardy and David Butcher, the original Fireman on the Wandering 1500 tour in 1963. Richard Hardy and David Butcher will then travel on footplate of the first departure, which will mark the opening of the day.

Shed tours will commence from and The William Marriott Museum will open from 10 o'clock, where a special collection of Wandering 1500 Tour memorabilia will be on display. It is anticipated that the Railtour from Liverpool Street will arrive at approximately 14.30pm.

The Muddle and Go Nowhere bar, housed inside our 1937 Gresley buffet will also be offering real ale and snacks, along with free tea and coffee. Our B12 4-6-0 8572 will be in steam, along with Class 31 D5631, which will reunite three former Norwich stablemates. Unfortunately our vintage train will not be in service this year, but will make a welcome return next year.

Tickets for the mainline tour, hauled by 70013 are still available from the Railway Touring Company website. Please note that the North Norfolk Railway nor the M&GN Joint Railway Society are not responsible for ticketing on this tour and tickets are issued by the RTC. 61036 Mayflower was originally scheduled to haul the tour, but we are informed this is no longer the case.

Please would all Society members also bring their membership cards on the day - showing your card at any NNR ticket office will enable you to redeem a complimentary rover ticket as travel is free to all Society members on the day.

First Milestone for Y14 Appeal

23rd September 2013

After only a week after launching, the Y14:2014 Appeal has raised £10,000. This equates to 10% of the total and is a significant milestone for the appeal.

The Y14:2014 appeal was launched to raise funds to overhaul J15 7564, and return her to steam with the appearance of a Great Eastern Y14 as she was built. The funds already raised will enable us to continue overhauling the locmotive, which is currently at Ian Riley's engineering workshops at Bury in Lancashire. If we can reach the £100,000 target, then the locomotive could be steamed once again by late 2014.

Please give generously to the Y14:2014 appeal. If you would like to find out more information on the appeal and the works we are undertaking, please visit the appeal's dedicated page where you can downloaded a donation form.

Y14:2014 Appeal Launched

17th September 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society has launched an appeal, which will raise funds for the overhaul of the Society's Great Eastern Railway built 0-6-0.

The J15's "ticket" expired in May and the overhaul of 7564 began in July with the locomotive moving to Ian Riley's workshops in Bury, Lancashire where the engine is in the early stages of overhaul.

The Y14:2014 Appeal has been launched by Society Chairman Neil Sharpe to raise funds to allow the overhaul to be completed in good time - with sufficient funds, the locomotive could be completed by the end of 2014. If funds are not raised, then the overhaul could be much more protracted, being funded by conventional membership subscriptions and contributions from the J15 '200' Club and Loco Club.

The aim of the appeal is to return the J15 to steam, but with several important physical differences, which will give the appearance of a Great Eastern Railway Y14, looking as if she had just rolled out the factory 101 years ago at Stratford in 1912. After several years, she will be reliveried into LNER livery, with GER modifications removed for the remainder of her ticket to be spent in British Railways colours.

In order for us to achieve this and let the J15 steam for another ten years, we ask all members and supporters of our favourite little 0-6-0 to dig deep into their pockets to raise £100,000 for the overhaul.

There are a number of incentivised benefits for supporters of the appeal - you can find out more information on a new dedicated page for the Y14:2014 appeal, where supporters can also keep track on how the appeal is going.

If you would like to support the appeal, donation forms can be downloaded here.

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Joint Line Issue 159 Posted

15th September 2013

The latest edition of the M&GN Joint Railway Society's quarterly magazine Joint Line has been posted to members and will be arriving in the next few days.

This edition features the usual roundup from the Society Chairman, NNR General Manager, workshops and Museum. Articles in this issue include a look back at the B12's visit to Gloucestershire earlier in the year and an 'inside' report on the 2013 diesel gala held in June. Historical articles consist of Adrian Vaughan's continuing look at locomotives and drivers in the M&GN's early years, Ray Bullock continues his candid review at the aftermath of the 1955 ASLEF strike and Chris Fisher picks up a lead from a previous article with an item on the Norwich district departmental B1 boilers.

Photographs and reports from the Steam Gala and Forties weekend will feature in the next issue.

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Mid-Suffolk Members' Day Success

15th September 2013

Over 100 people turned out for Wissington's official launch ceremony and Society Members' Day at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway at Brockford on Saturday 14th September.

The 'Middy' kindly opened their doors to M&GN Joint Society Members for the day, with Wissington in steam for all to enjoy. Wissington made many trips along the line throughout the day, pausing at 1230 for the official launch and some words of thanks from project manager Ian Lake, Wissington's, M&GNJRS Chairman Neil Sharpe, John Howard, who launched Wissington's restoration over 18 years ago and the MSLR Vice-Chairman John Stark.

In the afternoon, supporters were able to drive and ride on the footplate of the locomotive after a buffet lunch, which was kindly put on by MSLR volunteers.

A series of photographs from the day can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail, left.

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Class 31 Indicator Blind Overhauled

20th August 2013

The continuing restoration of our Class 31, D5631 continues, with further progress made after the overhaul of a headcode indicator blind has been completed.

The mechanism and the blinds were included in part of our bulk purchase of Class 31 spares but required attention to bring them up to standard. This first mechanism will go into the Holt end cab, where the headcode indicator box has already been reinstated. Until now, a painted board has been in place.

Our Class 31 was originally built with headcode indicator boxes, but had them removed in May 1986 when the locomotive went into Doncaster works for 'life extension' refurbishment. It was during this time that the engine's valances and steam heat boiler were also removed and high intensity headlamps were fitted.

Following recent work to improve reliability, which has included purchasing and fitting a new set of batteries, the next tasks are to plan bodywork repairs to the Sheringham end cab, with a view to reinstating the other headcode indicator, removing the high intensity headlamp and replacing the bufferbeam valances.

If you would like to see these ongoing works on the Class 31 happen, please consider joining the Society, making a donation or joining the Loco Club.

Muddle Bar Back for Steam Gala

15th August 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's 1937 LNER Restaurant Buffet - dubbed the Muddle and Go Nowhere bar car - will be in service for all three days of the North Norfolk Railway's Autumn Steam gala, offering a fantastic selection of draught real ales from the barrel along with cider, wines and other refreshments.

The bar car has undergone a renaissance recently with extensive works to refresh the vehicle. The bar car now has capacity to hold more firkin barrels, giving a greater selection of real ales and we will be offering draught cider for the first time over the gala too.

Alongside the daily service, the bar car will be in service for the two evening Beerex and Fish & Chip specials on Friday and Saturday evening. Hauled by Tornado on Friday night and Oliver Cromwell on Saturday night, the bar will be open till late. The Beerex and Fish & Chip specials kick off with the 1654 departure from Sheringham and run for three round trips with Fish & Chip served on the 1922 departure from Sheringham. The last trip departs Sheringham at 2045, arriving back at 2145 with ample time to make the 2217 and 2347 connections to Norwich.

For passengers with two and three day rover tickets, there is no additional fare for the Beerex trains. For passengers with a one day rover ticket, an additional fare of £3 applies. For passengers with no Gala ticket, an additional fare of £10 applies. Fish & Chip vouchers are £7 and can be purchased from the Sheringham General Office by 1500 on the day of travel.

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M&GN Horse Dray Restoration

5th August 2013

Restoration on an original Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway horse dray, originally from Norwich City station and thought to be least 80 years old has begun.

The dray was donated to the M&GN Joint Railway Society by the Norfolk Museums Service after an evaluation of their collection. For many years it has been kept out in the open at the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum near Dereham, where the condition of the woodwork has deteriorated. Now in the Society's collection, the dray has been taken to a workshop near Aylsham where restoration is already underway.

The restoration is being undertaken by a traditional wheel wright, using the same time honoured methods that would have been used to repair the dray throughout its working life. When restored, the dray will be on display at Holt as part of the ever expanding goods yard complex.

B12 for Autumn Steam Gala

3rd August 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's flagship engine, LNER B12 8572 will be working over all three days of the North Norfolk Railway Grand Autumn Steam Gala on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 2013.

The final lineup has now been confirmed and promises to be a real spectacle. Three visiting locomotives have been confirmed - 60163 Tornado, 70013 Oliver Cromwell and 777 Sir Lamiel. These engines will join Black 5 45337 which has now arrived back at the North Norfolk Railway and freshly overhauled BR Standard 4MT 76084 which will be working her first NNR steam gala. Our B12 and resident 'Taff Tank' 5619 will also be in steam.

The weekend promises to be a fantastic event. Alongside our B12, our 1924 Quad-Art set will be in service along with several of our restored freight wagons in the demonstration goods train. The Muddle and Go Nowhere Bar car is also in service and will be serving a fantastic variety of Real Ales and other refreshments, complimented by the North Norfolkman Restaurant Buffet which will be serving hot and cold food.

Further details, including timetables and ticketing can be found on the Steam Gala page of the North Norfolk Railway website.

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Wissington on the 'Middy'

2nd August 2013

East Anglia's last working steam locomotive, Hudswell-Clarke 0-6-0 saddle tank Wissington will be running regularly in August on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway.

The MSLR or 'Middy' is located near to Stowmarket, on the former Mid-Suffolk branch. The charming little station of Brockford is the setting for the Railway, which operates a half mile demonstration line. You can find out more about the 'Middy' via the MSLR website.

Wissington will be steaming every Wednesday and Sunday, along with additional dates on Thursday 15th and Monday 26th August. Over the back end of the August Bank Holiday weekend, the MSLR will be holding their annial Rail 'n' Ale event on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th.

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New Batteries for Class 31

25th July 2013

Volunteers gathered at Weybourne shed on Sunday 14th July to carry out works on Class 31 D5631.

As part of an ongoing investment in our Brush Type Two, which was delivered new to Norwich shed in 1960 and used to work round the world goods trains on the former M&GN lines, a new set of batteries costing several thousand pounds have been purchased.

The investment in the locomotive, which has already included the purchasing of £10,000 worth of spares is part of a wider and longer term plan to gradually increase the reliability and standard of the locomotive. The eventual aim is for D5631 to be mainline registered and restored to as-built condition.

To help make this possible, please consider supporting D5631 by joining The Loco Club.

Wissington Members' Launch Day

8th July 2013

Following her return to steam in February 2012, the M&GN Joint Railway Society is pleased to announce an additional Society Members' day in the calendar to celebrate Wissington's volunteer led rebuild.

Wissington is currently based on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, and we are grateful to the MSLR for opening up their railway to Society members to enjoy Wissington for the day on Saturday 14th September. The official launch is scheduled to take place at 1230. Please bring your membership card to entitle you to free travel on the MSLR on the day.

As Brockford is not easily accessible by public transport, the Society has put on a minibus service between Stowmarket Railway Station and Brockford. A minibus will leave Stowmarket Railway Station at 1030 and 1115, and will leave Brockford at 1400, 1445 and 1530 on the return. The MSLR is two minutes from the A140 and can be found at the following address:
Brockford Station Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk. IP14 5PW.

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Quad-Arts in Service

29th June 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's immaculate 1924 LNER Gresley Quad-Art set will be in service for nine consecutive days from the 6th - 14th July for the North Norfolk Railway's Quad-Arts Week.

The week kicks off on the weekend of the 6th & 7th July with the NNR's annual Vintage Transport Festival and Bus Weekend. Over two days, the NNR opens its doors to around 300 vintage vehicle owners from all over Britain to showcase some of the finest classic cars and busses.

There is a special timetable for the 6th & 7th July with trains every 30 minutes. Two steam locomotives, including the Society's LNER B12 8572 will be in traffic, along with fresh-out-the-works and recently rebuilt Class 37 D6732 and a Class 101 DMU. Normal fares apply on Saturday 6th July, with special fares on Sunday 7th July. Further details can be found on the North Norfolk Railway website.

Normal fares apply for all other days of the Quad Art Week and it is planned to have B12 8572 hauling the Quad Arts for the duration.

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2013 Society Members' Day Announced

27th June 2013

The 2013 M&GN Joint Railway Society Members' day has been announced, for Saturday 5th October 2013. On this day, the North Norfolk Railway is opened up for Society members and any member is welcome to travel for free. This year marks a special anniversary for the Society and will be a day not to miss!

Saturday 5th October marks exactly 50 years to the day the ubiquitous Wandering 1500 railtour left Broad Street at exactly 9.20am, running via Finsbury Park and onto Stratford Upon Avon and return. The tour was the last time the B12 steamed until 1994 with the locomotive going into store after the trip. To mark the occasion, it is planned to have the B12 depart Sheringham station at exactly 0920 to mark 50 years of the tour and to kickstart the 2013 Members' Day.

To celebrate the trip, a railtour will also be chartered by the Railway Touring Company and will run from London Liverpool Street to Holt, traversing the Sheringham level crossing. It is anticipated the locomotive hauling the tour will be LNER B1 4-6-0 61306 Mayflower. Tickets for the tour have yet to go on sale.

As part of the day and associated celebrations, the Society is appealing for anyone who travelled on the original tour, or was a member of the footplate crew to make contact. David Butcher, a long standing Society supporter and Fireman on the original 1963 tour will be on the footplate of the B12 to mark the anniversary. The Society would specifically like to invite former footplatemen involved with the tour to come forward for an invite to join David on the day.

It is planned to have B12 8572 in steam for the day, hauling the Gresley Quad-Art set alongside the Society's Class 31 D5631.

Non-Society members are still welcome to travel on the day and normal rover ticket fares will apply. Memberships to the Society can be purchased either in advance or on the day to make advantage of the free travel offer. Joining the Society is the best way to support the North Norfolk Railway and membership benefits include quarter rate travel on normal NNR running days and four copies of our full colour journal Joint Line.

New Products in Society Shop

25th June 2013

The M&GN Joint Society's Weybourne bookshop team have added new books and DVD's into the July edition of the Bookshop Catalogue.

The Bookshop runs a mail order service, along with an Online Shop, offering customers a wide range of both new and used Railway related items, with many specialist M&GN and Great Eastern Railway themed books, films, magazines and posters plus M&GN Society merchandise and clothing.

For customers wishing to purchase items by Mail Order, simply download the Catalogue and quote the items you wish to purchase on the Mail Order Form along with the item P&P cost.

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2-10-0 Boiler Gets New Firebox

24th June 2013

The boiler overhaul of the Society's War Department (WD) 2-10-0 Austerity 90775 has been marching on with good pace at the workshops of Chatham Steam Ltd in Kent.

Much of the work completed in recent weeks has focused on the outer firebox. Large sections of new plate have been constructed, replacing metal that was found to be deeply pitted and corroded. Whilst the works are extensive, this will ensure the locomotive boiler has a long life ahead of it when it returns to traffic.

The most recent photos, which can be viewed by clicking the thumbnail to the left, show the massive new section of outer firebox wrapper and firehole door under construction, along with photos of the new firebox corner sections and the whole lot being craned into position, ready to be welded in situ.

The Society has made a major commitment to overhauling WD 90775. We are always grateful of donations to support the cost of 90775's overhaul and welcome supporters to commit to joining The Loco Club. The club is an excellent way to support the Society's locomotives without breaking the bank and ensures a regular income to pay for maintenance and overhauls.

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Class 31 and M&GN Bar Gala Success

22nd June 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's original Norwich based Class 31 D5631 made her first gala appearance since outshopping in BR Green with white stripes. The increasingly popular Muddle and Go Nowhere bar, hosted aboard our 1937 Gresley Buffet (RB) also made a return to the rails, with real ale in plenty.

D5631 was booked out and worked on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June, being substituted by B12 8572 on the Sunday. The 31 was joined by the home fleet, including Class 37 D6732 which was signed back into traffic at 2030 on Thursday 13th - talk about timing! Complimenting the residents were three visitors. Class 56 56311 from Washwood Heath near Birmingham, Class 45 45133 from the Midland Railway Butterley and Class 33 33108 from the Barrow Hill Roundhouse near Chesterfield arrived via Sheringham Level Crossing on Thursday 13th. They were brought to the NNR by Class 56 56311 and Class 31 D5613 (31190), but neither locomotive was booked to work passenger trains.

The event, which was organised by the Weybourne Traction Group, was the group's first big gala. The event was a success with trains well loaded, especially on the Saturday. The Muddle and Go Nowhere bar hosted two evening 'Beerex' specials on the Friday (hauled by D6732) and Saturday (hauled by 33108) nights, such was their popularity only empty bottles and casks could be found on the NNR by Sunday afternoon!

All visiting locomotives departed the NNR on Monday 17th June via Sheringham Level Crossing.

M&GNJRS 2013 AGM & Accounts

20th June 2013

Notice has been given for the Midland and Great Northern Society's 52nd Annual General Meeting. Details are as follows:

To be held at The Morley Club, 48 Cromer Road, Sheringham, NR26 8RS. Saturday the 20th July 2012 at 1300. All members welcome.

The Society's 2012-13 reports and accounts are now available to download under the Legal section of the website.

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Joint Line Issue 158 Posted

11th June 2013

Issue 158 of Joint Line, the full colour journal of the M&GN Joint Railway Society, has been posted to members.

The summer 2013 edition includes the latest news update from the Chairman, the NNR General Manager, Society and NNR locomotive and Carriage & Wagon news and the usual updates from other NNR departments.

As well as photographic coverage of the March gala, this edition contains the first of a two part article by railway historian Adrian Vaughan on the Eastern and Midlands locomotives and drivers. Also included is an article from ex-South Lynn fireman Ray Bullock on how he and his depot was affected by the aftermath of the 1955 strike and in a 'first' for Joint Line there is an intriguing short story with a strong M&GN influence.

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In Pictures: B12 at the G&WSR

2nd June 2013

Our B12 4-6-0 no.8572 has now returned to the North Norfolk Railway by low loader and is now back hauling trains on home metals.

The B12's visit to the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway (G&WSR) was the B12's first visit away to another heritage line since returning to traffic after major overhaul in March 2012. The locomotive was very well received in Gloucestershire and our volunteers were all made very welcome - so thanks to all the staff and volunteers of the G&WSR for your hospitality!

Thanks also to the many photographers who submitted photographs of the B12 during her visit to the G&WSR - a bumper album documenting the locomotive's visit can be viewed by clicking the image, left.

If you would like to find out more information on the B12, please visit the B12 page. We are always welcome to anyone willing to support the locomotive - you can do this in three ways, either by joining the Loco Club, Wandering 1500 Club or B12 "200" Club. All are great ways to help our flagship locomotive and keep her well maintained and 'on the road'.

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B12 Steals the Show at G&WSR

27th May 2013

The Society's B12 4-6-0 no.8572 stole the show at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway's four day Cotswold Steam Celebration gala over the bank holiday weekend.

The visit to Gloucestershire was the B12's first departure from the North Norfolk Railway since returning to steam in March 2012 and will be her only visit to another railway this year.

The locomotive was supported by a number of Society volunteers, including Society Chairman Neil Sharpe, Society Vice-Chairman Ash Barrs, Society Locomotive Engineer Keith Ashford, Society Treasurer Tony Dewey and Society Secretary David Wright and wife Maureen.

The B12 will return to the NNR next week and is likely to be pressed into service straight away.

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In Pictures: J15 2002 - 2013

26th May 2013

Our veteran J15, no.7564 bowed out with a final week of steaming, culminating in her last turn on Monday 6th May 2013. Driver Ben Boggis and Fireman James Redburn took the privileged last turn and gave the locomotive a fine send off.

The J15 was one of the first locomotives purchased by the M&GN Joint Railway Society from BR and arrived at Sheringham on 2nd June 1967 along with the B12. The J15 was the most logical locomotive for the Society to restore and returned to steam in August 1977. She went on to work many trains and hauled the first passenger train up to Holt on the opening of the Kelling extension in 1989 before withdrawal.

It wasn't until 2002 that the J15 finally steamed again, thanks to the efforts of John Durrant and the late Roger Heasman. She returned with a virtually new boiler, manufactured by Pridhams and with the BR number 65462. The loco earnt a good reputation as a reliable performer and visited many other heritage railways during her 10 year ticket. The non-exhaustive list included the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (2002), Beamish Museum (2003), Great Central Railway (2003), Barrow Hill Roundhouse (2005, 2007), Kent & East Sussex Railway (2007), Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway (2007), North Yorkshire Moors Railway (2008) and Avon Valley Railway (2011).

During the J15's last ticket, she has appeared in a number of guises. She was first outshopped in BR Black with a small BR emblem, which soon gave way to signwritten "British Railways". On two occasions she was repainted into NE black for the 1940s weekend events on the NNR, before settling back into BR Black with a small BR emblem. Following the granting of a boiler ticket extension and retubing in December 2011 she was repainted into LNER black and numbered 7564 and looked the part alongside the B12 and with the Quad-Art set.

Sadly the J15's time came up in May this year and her boiler ticket extension expired on the 6th May. She now sits in Weybourne Yard, waiting for overhaul to commence.

If you would like to support the J15, there are a number of ways you can do this. You can Join the Society, Join the Loco Club, Join the J15 "200" Club or make a donation (Cheques made payable to "M&GNJRS"). We're also always open to helping hands, so please consider volunteering with the Society. Help can be gifted in a number of ways, from practical mechanical labour through to fundraising and promotion. All help is gratefully received and will help to see our J15 steam once again.

Muddle and Go Nowhere Bar Returns

22nd May 2013

The Society's Muddle and Go Nowhere bar car, housed inside our restored 1937 Gresley Buffet (RB) makes a welcome return over all three days of the North Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala, which this year is organised by the Weybourne Traction Group and held on the 14th, 15th & 16th June.

The bar will be serving a range of draught real ale, bottled beers and other refreshments, as well as Society merchandise. Timetables for the event can be downloaded from the NNR website for Friday/Saturday and Sunday. Note you can find out which trains host the bar by the small beer glass symbol above departures.

The bar car will also be in business for both evening 'Beerex' and Fish & Chip specials, which run on Friday night with Class 37 D6732 and on Saturday night with visiting Class 33 33108. More information on ticketing for the gala and for evening 'Beerex' trains can be found on the North Norfolk Railway Website. Please note, a 15% discount is available on tickets purchased in advance. 'Beerex' trains depart Sheringham at 1805, 1930 and 2100, arriving back at 2150 with ample time to make either the 2217 or 2347 mainline connections to Cromer, North Walsham, Wroxham and Norwich.

The Society's Class 31 D5631 is booked to work trains on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June, which will be the locomotive's first gala since outshopping in BR Green.

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B12 Departs for Cheltenham

21st May 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's B12 4-6-0 locomotive, no.8572 has departed the North Norfolk Railway for a weekend in Gloucestershire.

The locomotive is visiting the G&WSR Railway, which is holding it's four-day 'Cotswold Steam Celebration' over the long weekend on the 24th, 25th, 26th & 27th May. Our loco joins several other 'big four' examples over the event, which is the first gala the G&WSR has held since a major embankment slippage was repaired. As part of the million pound appeal, the Society waived the steaming fee for J15 7564, which ran 'driver for a fiver' turns at Sheringham between trains to raise money for the appeal.

In readiness for the weekend, the locomotive was given a clean and polish by the Society's growing cleaning team, led by 'chargehand' Stuart Clarke. If you would like to join the gang, or find out more information, please see the Volunteering page. After cleaning, the B12 was towed to Sheringham by Class 25 25057 in readiness for collection by Alleley's Heavy Haulage.

Several Society volunteers will be travelling to the G&WSR to support the B12's visit. Loco engineer Keith Ashford will assist with crew familiarisation for G&WSR volunteer drivers and firemen whilst several other hands will be running a Society sales and promotion stand. We welcome all Society members who will be visiting the event to come and say a friendly hello. Remember that B12 Wandering 1500 Club members are entitled to free travel behind 8572 as part of their membership conditions.

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B12 & Quads Photo Charter

12th May 2013

Our B12 8572 and 1924 Quad-Arts will get an out of season airing in November 2013 as part of a three day photographic charter organised by David Williams and Neil Cave.

The charter will have full use of the North Norfolk Railway over all three days and will include some period scenes, including suitably attired actors in period dress and evening shoots on at least two days.

The cost is £55 a day, £105 for two days or £155 for all three days. Enquiries can be sent to, or by writing to David Williams, 30 Clydesdale Road, Quinton, Birmingham, West Midlands. B32 1DP. An application form can also be downloaded by following this link

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Class 31 for Diesel Gala

11th May 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's Class 31, D5631 will be booked to work trains over the Weybourne Traction Group's June Diesel Gala on the North Norfolk Railway.

The Weybourne Traction Group, which is organising the event, has released public timetables for the gala. D5631 will work a number of trains, over the weekend, which will see a Class 33, Class 45 and Class 56 visit the NNR. Public timetables are available to download from the NNR Website.

The weekend will also see the return of the Society's Muddle and Go Nowhere bar, hosted inside our 1937 Gresley Restaurant Buffet coach, which will be open for business on all three days, plus on special evening Beerex trains on the evenings of Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June.

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Sheringham East Update

3rd May 2013

Following the fire in Sheringham East signal box on 22nd April, inspections have been made to the condition of the building. There has been some damage to the rear of the box so work will start once again to refurbish the structure.

We are extremely lucky that no-one came to harm in this incident, which was caused by a car on fire which was parked below the signal box. This spread to two other adjacent cars, the fencing and the signal box. Without the prompt actions of the public in calling the emergency services and the Norfolk Fire service, the signal box would have been lost or damaged extensively. Our deepest thanks go to all concerned.

Regardless of this setback, work will still continue to restore the signal box and repairs are already underway.

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Society Steam Dream

28th April 2013

Everything fell into place on Friday 19th April, with a rare opportunity to line up all three M&GN Joint Railway Society locomotives in steam in Weybourne yard.

After undergoing some works in Weybourne shed, Wissington was in steam and had undergone a test run light engine to Sheringham. Before being disposed, she was kept in steam to shunt J15 7564 which was in light steam in readiness to work the next day's passenger trains. B12 8572 had been out working the day's steam service and was positioned on the main line, making a fine sight in glorious spring evening sunshine.

J15 Swan Song

28th April 2013

Despite it being published that the J15's last steamings would be from the 20th - 26th April, there will now be one more week to see her in service before her boiler ticket expires on the 6th May 2013.

The North Norfolk Railway have requested the locomotive be in traffic right up to the end of her ticket. Subject to completion of a washout and successful steam test, it is aimed to have the locomotive in traffic on Wednesday 1st May (please note this may be pushed back to Thursday 2nd May - check the with the NNR if traveling) through until Monday 6th May.

The NNR are running a Yellow Timetable throughout early May, however please note that the 4th, 5th & 6th May will be a 'Day out with Thomas' event.

After expiry of her boiler ticket, the J15 will be withdrawn for a heavy general overhaul. If you'd like to help support the cost her overhaul, you can do this in one of several ways:
- Make a donation (cheques payable to 'M&GNJRS')
- Join the J15 '200' Club
- Join the Loco Club
- Volunteer with the Society

Information on the J15 '200' Club and Loco Club can be found under the Join page and information on Volunteering can be found under the About section.

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B12 Gets a Spring Clean

27th April 2013

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, volunteers assembled en-masse at Weybourne, tasked with giving B12 8572 a well earned deep clean and polish. The B12 has been in Weybourne shed since November undergoing some stay replacement and attention to her valves, so a thorough clean was badly needed. 8572's apple green paintwork takes quite a bit of TLC to keep immaculate, but is well worth the effort to keep it clean.

The cleaning gang was joined by the NNR Junior Club on the Saturday, who showed much promise and even showed up a few of the adults in their attention to the details - no doubt in a few years we'll be seeing many of them progressing through the ranks.

The weekend was braced with wall to wall sunshine and was enjoyed by all. If you'd like to get involved and volunteer with the cleaning gang, you can find more information on our Volunteering page (under the About section) for further details on how to do so. We're always welcome to helping hands, no matter what your commitment. The gangs meet once a month and it can be a very fun and sociable way to spend a day. The next meeting will be on Saturday 18th May, the intention being to give the loco a clean in readiness for her visit to the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway from 26th - 28th May.

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Suburbans Get HLF Go-Ahead

25th April 2013

Press release from the North Norfolk Railway:

The North Norfolk Railway has received £99,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards its project 'The Railways and the Suburbs', which focuses on the impact which the railways had on the development of the London suburbs.

It will include an exhibition to enable visitors to learn about how the railways influenced the growth of the suburbs, and about the technologies involved in the design of locomotives and carriages specifically for suburban commuting.

North Norfolk Railway already operates a substantial education programme involving local schools. This project will add significantly to its existing geography, history and science elements, and will also give volunteers the chance to experience the two extremes of preservation: hands-on restoration and the management of a major scheme.

The project includes the restoration of two carriages introduced for suburban travel. These will complement vehicles already on the railway and allow visitors to travel on three generations of suburban trains dating from the '20s to the '60s.

North Norfolk Railway chairman Clive Morris said: "We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and are confident that the project will further the public's understanding of a vital aspect of everyday life for millions."

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New Firehole Door for 90775

24th April 2013

Work is continuing at Chatham Steam in Kent on the boiler of WD 2-10-0 90775 with the construction of a new firehole door plate this week.

The original section was found to have a fine line stress crack, so it was agreed to remove the wasted section in its entirety and produce a new, stronger aperture. The door is formed of two parts - an inner and outer plate, the inner section being the one pictured. The outer half will be produced as part of the renewals on the backhead.

This work shows the great skill of the craftsmen at Chatham steam. In this instance, sheet steel is heated up to very high temperatures before forming into the radius required. The plate is then trimmed to fit the portion of the inner firebox and then tack welded in place, before full penetration welding. All welds are subject to Non Destructive Testing to satisfy the weld quality is up to standard.

This work forms part of the first phase of work on the WD's boiler. This is a massive undertaking for the M&GN Joint Railway Society, so please consider supporting 90775's overhaul by joining either The Loco Club (details can be found on the 'Join' page, making a donation (Cheques made payable to "M&GNJRS") or getting involved and volunteering with the Society to assist with fundraising. All help and support is very gratefully received.

Sheringham East Signal Box Fire

22nd April 2013

Sheringham East signal box was damaged by fire this morning after a car parked behind the Signal Box caught fire.

Very fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident and the signal box was evacuated. There has been some damage to the rear of the signal box and the fencing. It is understood the fire began with an electrical fault in a parked car, which caught and spread.

The M&GN Joint Railway Society would like to express thanks to those who rang the emergency services promptly and to the Norfolk Fire Service and Norfolk Constabulary for their actions in dealing with the incident.

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J15 Final Steamings Announced

17th April 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's 101 year old J15 0-6-0 is coming to the end of her ten year boiler ticket at the end of the month. This sadly means that the locomotive will be withdrawn for overhaul shortly - however we have secured some extra steamings to see her out in fine style!

Our centenarian J15 was built in 1912 at Stratford works and had a long working life all over East Anglia. Nicknamed by crews the 'Little Black Goods', our locomotive was eventually withdrawn on 16th September 1962, whereby it was purchased by the then embryonic Society. After steaming in the 1980s and working the first train on the 'Kelling Extension', to what we now call Holt station, the locomotive was withdrawn from traffic. Thanks to the determination of our supporters and volunteers, she steamed once again in 2002 and has been in traffic ever since, but sadly now we must withdraw her from traffic once again to undertake her next heavy general overhaul.

When 7564 returns to steam, she will no longer be a J15. It is our intention to restore the locomotive to original 1912-as built condition as a Great Eastern Railway Y14. This will involve fabricating a new smokebox door, manufacturing a new cab roof and safety valve cover, removing the coal rails on the tender and replacing her original 'stovepipe' chimney, before repainting into an immaculate GER Blue livery. She really will be a sight to behold!

To see our beloved J15 out for one last time, she will be in steam from the Saturday 20th April to Friday 26th April. Day-to-day locomotive rosters on the NNR can be found on the 'Whats Running' page on the NNR Website. Don't forget, M&GN Joint Society members can take advantage of 70% discount on travel, subject to conditions.

After the 26th April, the J15 will be withdrawn and she will not steam again without your help. If you'd like to support her overhaul, you can do this in one of several ways:
- Make a donation (cheques payable to 'M&GNJRS')
- Join the J15 '200' Club
- Join the Loco Club
- Volunteer with the Society

Information on the J15 '200' Club and Loco Club can be found under the Join page and information on Volunteering can be found under the About section.

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16 Ton Mineral Wagon Update

9th April 2013

The Joint Heritage Coach Fund (JHCF)'s latest project is rapidly taking shape inside Weybourne shed.

The project to completely rebuild the Society's latest aquisition, a British Railways 16 Ton Mineral Wagon, has been thanks to the many who donated to the project to enable the purchase and restoration of the wagon. This has been backed up by many hours of volunteer time to completely strip the wagon down to it's bare components and make necessary repairs.

Our 16T Mineral wagon originally languished on the King's Lynn Harbour branch for many years, slowly rotting to nothing, before it was purchased by a private owner and stored in sidings at Hardingham station, on the Mid-Norfolk Railway. It was from here, that following an appeal for donations, the JHCF secured it and transported it back to Weybourne where the overhaul began immediately.

The project is now in its final stages. Following the refitting of the brake rigging, construction of a new steel deck, axleboxes and wheelsets, the wagon body is now being refitted and will be repainted into original BR Bauxite livery. It is hoped the wagon will be in use for the September 2013 Steam Gala when the demonstration freight will be running.

Alongside restoring the Society's collection of historic carriages, the Joint Heritage Coach Fund's next freight wagon project will be to restore our recently aquired 'AF' Container, that has now been secured to our already restored 'Conflat' wagon. The container needs repairs made to it's roof and body to ensure long term preservation. Once restored it will be a valuable addition to our ever growing demonstration freight train, whilst also offering a useful space to store strategic spares for our locomotives, carriages and wagons.

If you would like to donate towards the cost of restoring our AF container, or to any other JHCF project, you can send a cheque, made payable to "M&GNJRS" to: M&GNJRS, Sheringham Station (NNR), Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RA. Alternatively, if you would like to make a bank transfer or credit/debit card donation, or to find out more information about how to volunteer and get involved restoring our carriages and wagons you can email enquiries to

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90775 Boiler Work Continues

26th March 2013

Work at Chatham Steam Ltd in Kent continues at a rapid pace, with the arrival of newly formed replacement sections for the boiler barrel and firebox of the M&GN Joint Railway Society's WD 2-10-0, 90775.

Due to wastage in various areas, several repairs are being made to ensure 90775's boiler has a long life. Following a 'D' cut in the smokebox end of the boiler barrel, a replacement section has been rolled to specification. New sections have also arrived for the inner firebox corner and throat plate.

The boiler overhaul for 90775 is a massive undertaking for the M&GN Joint Railway Society. We'll need your help to see the job through. There are several ways you can support us:

- Make a donation (cheques payable to "M&GNJRS")
- Join the M&GN Joint Railway Society
- Join the Loco Club.
- Volunteer.

We're always welcome to helping hands, be it in fundraising or undertaking mechanical work. Go to the Volunteering page under 'About' to find out more.

Application forms to join the Loco Club can be downloaded using the following link:

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David Shepherd Print Donated

24th March 2013

Our latest arrival to the M&GN Joint Railway's Society's Weybourne bookshop is the kind donation of a print, signed by renowned artist and locomotive owner, David Shepherd.

The signed print is of a South African '15F' 4-8-2 locomotive City of Germiston "working a heavy freight past the Johannesburg Gold Tips". It comes mounted in a glass-fronted, gold edged wooden frame.

The print is priced at 150. Proceeds from the sale of the print will go towards the Joint Heritage Coach Fund, which supports the restoration of the Society's collection of vintage carriages and freight wagons.

All enquiries can be sent to:

Updated October 2013: Please note this print has now been sold.

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WD 90775 Boiler Overhaul Begins

22nd March 2013

A major milestone has begun in the life of the M&GN Joint Railway Society's massive War Department (WD) 2-10-0 locomotive, no. 90775, with work starting to overhaul her boiler.

The locomotive's boiler was lifted from her frames in November 2012 and transported to Chatham Steam Ltd's base in Kent, to allow assessment to take place to determine the work required to return the locomotive to steam. Following this assessment, it was decided to begin the boiler overhaul.

The Society's locomotive engineer, Keith Ashford reported that following the removal of wasted parts of the outer firebox, it was found that the extent of the wastage on the inner firebox was greater than first determined from the initial non-destructive testing. This has meant the removal of further sections of plate for replacement.

The firehole ring has been found to have deep corrosion pits and areas of significant wastage. This has resulted in a circular cut to remove the ring and affected plate, and a section of the lefthand inner firebox corner has also suffered from deep pitting. Corrosion to part of the boiler barrel around the front tubeplate has also been identified, this being due to the aggressive nature of the ashy and acidic combustion process.

Some photographs of the works already undertaken can be viewed by clicking on the photo, left. Whilst the nature of the surgery may appear very drastic, this work is essential to ensure the long term future of the loco.

There are a number of ways you can support the overhaul of WD 90775. You can make a donation to the M&GN Joint Railway Society (Cheques made payable to "M&GNJRS"), you can join the Society, you can join the Loco Club (either assigning your contributions to WD 90775 or the General Loco Fund), or you can volunteer with the Society to assist with fundraising or the overhaul of the locomotive.

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Wissington Takes Star Gala Turn

21st March 2013

The North Norfolk Railway's Spring Steam gala was hit with atrocious weather conditions over both weekends, but the unquestionable highlight was the sight of Wissington working her first trains on NNR tracks.

The former British Sugar Corporation (BSC) locomotive, which was returned to steam by volunteers of the M&GN Joint Railway Society in 2012, returned to Norfolk in early January from the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway and has been undergoing winter maintenance in Weybourne Shed over the winter.

The two gala weekends had been subject to changes outside of the NNR's control, first with the withdrawal of BR Caprotti-valved 5MT 4-6-0 73129 due to engineering issues and secondly with the withdrawal of BR 7MT 4-6-2 70013 Oliver Cromwell due to overrunning winter maintenance. The first weekend saw some extreme weather conditions with thick 'pea souper' fogs and driving rain, which flooded many adjacent fields, followed by very wintry conditions and even some snow. BR 7MT 4-6-2 70000 Britannia and BR 2MT 2-6-0 78019 also had to regretfully be withdrawn during the first weekend, which saw visiting Class 37 37518 used as a substitute. Please visit the 'Join' page if you would like to find out more information.

Following the departure of Ian Riley's Black 5 4-6-0 45407, Britannia and Class 37 37518 on Monday 11th, GWR 4-6-0 4953 Pitchford Hall was brought in to join fellow Epping & Ongar Railway loco, GWR 2-6-2T 4141.

Amongst all this, Wissington stole the show with some impressive runs at the head of the Joint Heritage Coach Fund's (JHCF) ever-growing demonstration freight train. Additions to the freight this year included a restored Southern Railway brake van and GWR 'passfruit' van. The JHCF is always continuing to restore more freight wagons, current projects include a BR Conflat and AF Container and a BR 16 Ton Mineral Wagon - anyone is welcome to join the JHCF or donate towards the costs of restoring our collection of carriages and wagons.

B12 8572 took a back seat at this year's Spring Gala as she is currently undergoing attention in Weybourne Shed. J15 7565 was in service and hauled the Society's immaculate Gresley Quad-Art set for much of the event.

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Joint Line Issue 157 Posted

15th March 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's quarterly journal Joint Line has been posted to members.

This issue contains the winter round up and news on Society and NNR locomotives and strategy, along with more historical articles on the M&GN, including photographs from the archives of the preservation of Sheringham East Signal Box and Diesel Railbuses in East Anglia.

Joint Line is the full colour journal of the M&GN Joint Railway Society and is posted to all members four times a year.

Bar Car Open for Business

3rd March 2013

For visitors attending the North Norfolk Railway's Spring Steam gala this March, keep a look out for a new venture from the M&GN Joint Railway Society - the "Muddle and Go Nowhere" Bar.

Situated aboard our 1937 LNER Restaurant Buffet coach, complete with art-deco 1930s style interior, the bar will be selling a variety of cask and bottled ales, beers, wines and snacks.

The "Muddle and Go Nowhere" Bar takes its name from an old nickname of the Midland & Great Northern (M&GN) Joint Railway, which earnt a reputation for long journey times. However, the M&GN's chief engineer William Marriott was a staunch tee-totaller, so perhaps the nickname might not have stuck had passengers been treated with on train liquid refreshment?

The Society bookshop will be open over both weekends of the gala and there will also representatives of the Society travelling on trains and at Weybourne. If you would like to join the Society over the gala weekend, then they will be only to happy to help you.

The North Norfolk Railway's Spring Steam Gala is being held over two weekends. The first is on 8th, 9th & 10th March and the second on 16th & 17th March. Full details can be found on the North Norfolk Railway website. The Gresley Bar car will be open for the first weekend only.

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Wissington On Load Trials

26th February 2013

Our 1938 Hudswell-Clarke 0-6-0ST Wissington was 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.

Wissington 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. Wissington will join BR Standard 70000 Britannia and 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.

Photographs from Wissington's test runs can be viewed by clicking on the photograph, left.

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Class 31 Works in Home Fleet Gala

20th February 2013

Our 1960 built Class 31 (Brush Type Two), D5631 has been working passenger trains on the NNR, including an appearance for the Weybourne Traction Group's home fleet diesel gala on the 16th February.

Due to the NNR's DMU undergoing overhaul in Weybourne works, the opportunity has been taken to use mainline diesel locos for the NNR yellow timetable. Normally mainline diesel locomotives only work on Saturdays as midweek and Sunday turns are worked by the DMU.

D5631 has been booked to run on the 17th, 19th, 21st and 24th February. However, due to cold weather D5631 will now no longer be working these February dates as our locomotive cannot heat trains. It will be substituted with the NNR's 25057 as this loco has a steam heat boiler which keeps the carriages nice and toasty! However, D5631 is still due to work on the 3rd and 24th March. D5631 will also make an appearance for the summer diesel gala, which is held on the 14th - 16th June.

The home fleet gala and summer gala in June are organised by the Weybourne Traction Group. The group organises and promotes all NNR diesel based events. Up to date NNR diesel news is posted on the WTG's Facebook and Twitter pages:

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Don't forget you can support D5631 by joining The Loco Club - we want to continue with her ongoing restoration by rebuilding the Holt-end cab. This will involve the restoration of the original headcode indicator boxes and bufferbeam valances. To join the club, please visit the 'Join' pages.

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Appeal for Missing Canopy Spandrels

5th February 2013

Behind the scenes, work is progressing on the Sheringham Canopy Project, with work underway that will eventually see the reinstatement of several canopy stanchions on Platform Two at Sheringham.

This work is part of a wider plan by the North Norfolk Railway, supported by the M&GN Joint Railway Society, to restore Sheringham station to its former glory. So far this winter, the original Sheringham East Signal Box has already been moved back to the level crossing and plans are afoot to rebuild the station building on Platform Two which will provide much needed cover to passengers during inclement weather.

The original building on Platform two was demolished soon after the line through to Melton Constable closed in 1964. The first phase to reinstate the building sees the replacement of the canopy stanchions. These heavy cast iron columns take the weight of the canopy and atop of these sit decorative M&GN spandrels.

We've already restored the stanchions and several of the spandrels, however we are several spandrels short and are appealing for the donation of original spandrels to allow us to restore another unique piece of railway history for everyday use.

So you’re able to help, please get in touch with Nigel Scarlett at Sheringham Station. NR26 8RA, or email:

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NNR Aerial Photographs Released

1st February 2013

We've been very lucky to be able to share some extraordinary photographs, taken on the North Norfolk Railway back in September 2012.

The aerial photographs were taken by 'AtomAir', a company specialising in Aerial photography. They really speak for themselves but show the railway in a completely different view. You can find out more about AtomAir by visiting their website,

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Calling all old Railwaymen...

28th January 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society will be holding it's fourth annual Members' Day on Saturday 5th October 2013, exactly fifty years to the day since the Society ran the famous Wandering 1500 tour with the B12.

All M&GN Society members are entitled to free travel on the day and it will feature as much of our rolling stock in service as possible. It is planned to have the B12 departing at 9.20am, the exact time the B12 left Broad Street station in 1963 with the special charter which ran to Bedford, Northampton, Stratford-on-Avon and Rugby before returning via the West Coast Mainline back to Broad Street. The tour was notable in that it was the last time the B12 worked in steam until restoration in 1995 and it was also the first time a privately owned locomotive was used to haul a steam charter by British Railways.

As part of the celebrations, the Society would like to hear from people who travelled on the tour and also from any British Railways staff involved. Society supporter, author and Fireman on the Wandering 1500 tour, David Butcher, recounts that there were many people who contributed to ensuring it was a great success. Specifically this includes the footplate crew who joined at Rugby on the return, their interest and dedication to the task in hand, even though they were unfamiliar with locomotive.

With this in mind, the M&GN Joint Railway Society would like to ask any ex-employees of British Railways who were involved with the tour to get in touch, with a view that we can invite them to North Norfolk Railway on 5th October 2013, to celebrate the half-century of the tour.

Additionally, the Society is still on the lookout for any old and archive footage of the B12 working both the Wandering 1500 tour and from the early days of preservation on the North Norfolk Railway. To contact the Society for any of these requests, please email, or write to Society Trustee Ashley Barrs. An address is available on the 'Contact Us' page.

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B12 appears in Dan Snow Programme

14th January 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's 4-6-0 appears in a new programme, broadcast by the BBC called Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways.

The first episode is broadcast on Tuesday 15th at 2100, with the following programme at the same time on Tuesday 22nd January.

The sequences of the B12 and the North Norfolk Railway were filmed back in August and feature some stunning aerial shots of the B12 working along the North Norfolk Railway.

A preview clip featuring the B12 can be viewed here:

2013 Mail Order Catalogue Launched

9th January 2013

The Weybourne Bookshop team have launched a new facility for 2013 in the form of a new online mail order catalogue. Many of our members enjoy using the Bookshop's mail order facility and we've now updated the process.

Please view the 'Shop' page to download the new catalogue. New products include the latest Middleton Press book, Branch Lines Around Wroxham along with many of the Society's own publications, such as the hugely popular M&GN in Colour series. You can also purchase a variety of DVD and Blu Ray titles and Society merchandise.

To order, simply download a mail order form, print off, fill out and follow the instructions on the form.

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J15 and Wissington Return

6th January 2013

The M&GN Joint Railway Society's roaming locomotives, J15 7564 and Hudswell-Clarke Wissington have now both returned to the North Norfolk Railway following visits to other heritage railways.

Wissington has been based on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway since completion of her overhaul and has accrued many miles of running during her visit there. This work has been excellent for the locomotive as the light loads, short distances and gentle gradients have enabled her to be run in very well. Several Society volunteers involved with Wissington's restoration have been close by to give her attention between steamings, meaning the locomotive has been in traffic regularly. Wissington's visit to the MSLR this year marked the first time the locomotive has left Norfolk in over 50 years.

The J15 has also returned following an Autumn and Winter visit to the Avon Valley Railway. During her visit, the locomotive took part in their end of season gala and has been the star attraction of a photocharter. The locomotive has had a lot of work, including hauling the AVR's Santa Special services and additional driver experience days. This has brought in extra revenue for the Society at a time when the loco would otherwise be sidelined and this will be invested in her impending overhaul.

Both locomotives will now spend time in Weybourne works over the winter for maintenance and Wissington will also be repainted during this time, complete with ornate lining out as she would've looked when working for the British Sugar Corporation's Wissington factory.

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