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Joint Line Issue 164 Posted

22nd December 2014

The 164th issue of Joint Line, the Society's quaterly magazine has been posted to all members.

The Winter 2014-15 issue gives updates from all departments on the North Norfolk Railway and Society. The usual features include comprehensive updates from all areas of the Railway, including photographs and reports from our annual Members' Day in October.

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1946 Austin K2 to Join Collection

7th December 2014

The Society is pleased to announce a further aquisition to enhance its collection, in the form of a 1946 Austin K2 2 1/2 ton dropside lorry.

The lorry is being aquired to serve two purposes - firstly, to improve and expand the growing recreation of a rural goods yard at Holt and to give the North Norfolk Railway's Junior Club a project which they can make their own, through which basic engineering skills can be taught.

The 2 1/2 ton machine was produced in great numbers between 1939 and 1949, being used widely by coal, timber and builders' merchants. Built in Austin's BMC Longbridge works in Birmingham, they were known as Birmingham Bedfords due to the similar appearance to the contemporary Bedford "0" series vehicle.

It is powered by a 3.5 litre six cylinder petrol engine of 27 RAC horse power. With a maximum speed of 35mph, the Austin K2 was often found working local deliveries. Various bodies were fitted - vans, chained flat beds (for breweries) and even some bus bodies for the smaller operator. The type aquired is a dropside type, which makes for easy loading, but ensures once full, the load is secure.

It is planned to undertake some works to the lorry, which include respraying and some minor mechanical works. It is intended that the latter will be undertaken by the Junior Club. A longer term project associated with the lorry will look to construct a Bolton & Paul style corrugated steel garage to compliment the Holt railway yard site.

The lorry is expected to arrive at the North Norfolk Railway in the new year. It will be in storage during the winter months. During the running season, it is intended to provide 'working museum' style displays with the van, along with use during NNR Special Events such as the Vintage Transport and 1940s weekends.

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BR AF Container Completed

7th December 2014

The Joint Heritage Coach Fund sponsored restoration of a British Railways 'AF' type transportation container has been completed in Weybourne Carriage & Wagon workshops.

The container, which was delivered to the NNR in 2013 from the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre has been effectively built from scratch as the original aluminum constructed container was found to be too far gone for full overhaul. All of the fittings and fittings from the original container were removed for restoration, whilst a steel structure was fabricated to the exact dimensions of the original.

All of the work to restore the container has been undertaken by volunteers and was made possible thanks to donations to the JHCF, the Society's Carriage and Wagon fundraising group. You can find out more information and join the JHCF here.

It was decided to paint the AF container into 1960s Birdseye livery as these were used widely across East Anglia to transport fish and other frozen goods from the ports of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft across the country. All the lettering and lining on the van is traditionally signwritten.

The next stage is to bring in Conflat wagon B502824 into the works, whereby an intermediate overhaul will be undertaken over the winter months. Vacuum brakes will also be refitted as the wagon is currently unfitted.

It is hoped the AF container will make its first appearance chained to the conflat for the NNR's Spring Steam Gala on 6th, 7th & 8th March 2015.

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Last Pounds for Y14:2014 Appeal

5th December 2014

Fantastic progress is being made on the rebuilding of our J15/Y14 class locomotive No.564, but we need your help to raise the last £5,000 to close the appeal.

The locomotive boiler has now been reunited with the frames, which in turn now sit upon remachined axleboxes and wheelsets. The tender tank has also been completed and this now sits on the overhauled and painted tender frames.

A selection of the latest works photos can be viewed by clicking the thumbnail, left, which show the latest condition of the overhaul. Once all reassmbly works are complete, the engine will be run in on the East Lancashire Railway in its current works livery of unlined black.

But the shortfall of £5,000 in the appeal cannot be emphasised enough and we must raise this with the upmost priority. Can you help? Here's how you can:

- Download and send off a donation form to make either a single donation or set up a monthly standing order.
- Visit our Online Shop to make a one-off single donation. (Please note a £1 P&P charge will be added, which we cannot remove.)
- Join the Loco Club and select the J15/Y14 on your application.

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Grant for NNR Footbridges

4th December 2014

It has been announced that the M&GN Joint Railway Society will be making a £10,000 grant to the North Norfolk Railway's Crossing the Line Appeal, which aims to raise £80,000 to construct new footbridges at Sheringham and Holt.

The grant will be split 50/50 between both footbridge constructions. At Sheringham, a replica of the original structure will be made, which spanned the tracks at the Cromer end of the stations. At Holt, a much needed bridge will span both platforms, making access much easier and quicker. The design at Holt will emulate the M&GN designs commonly seen at many rural stations such as Drayton & Aylsham North.

If you would like to donate to the appeal, you can do so through the North Norfolk Railway Online Shop.

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B12 in BR Guise

2nd December 2014

The 'flagship' locomotive of the North Norfolk Railway, our LNER B12 took part in several photo charters in early November.

It worked runpasts and staged cameos with both Quad-Art Set No.74 and a plum and custard rake which featured LNER Gresley RB E9128E - also known as the Muddle and Go Nowhere Real Ale Bar Car.

A preservation first also took place, with No.8572 wearing BRITISH RAILWAYS vinyl overlays on the tender and cabsides to renumber her into an apple green BR loco as 61572. Although no members of the B12/3 class wore apple green (they were all repainted into BR black on nationalisation), it really looked the part.

A selection of pictures can be viewed by clicking the thumbnail, left.

Thank you to Stephen Leek for submitting the photographs. If you have contributions you would like to make to our website, please email them to

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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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