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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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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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