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Joint Line Issue 165 Posted

18th March 2015

The 165th issue of Joint Line, the Society's quaterly magazine has been posted to all members.

The Spring 2015 issue contains the Chairman's, NNR Managing Director's and NNR General Manager's updates, along with departmental reports on Society and NNR locomotives, Carriage and Wagon, Buildings, the William Marriott Museum and several articles, including contributions from the railway historian Adrian Vaughan and former M&GN engineman, Ray Bullock.

Y14 Launch Day Announced

17th March 2015

The Trustees of the M&GN Joint Railway Society are pleased to announce the launch day for the J15/Y14 has been confirmed.

The engine will be launched into traffic on Saturday 28th March 2015.

Supporters of the appeal will be notified in due course to advise them of the days schedule. Because the Y14 launch day is being held on a normal NNR operating day, Society members will be elegible for privelidge rate travel (as per the Bye-Laws) but unlike the Members' Day, there will not be free travel on the day.

A timetable for the day's services will be available for download here. [b]Please note that the Y14 special is reserved for notified appeal supporters only[/b]. The special train will consist of the LNER Pigeon Brake, Mk.I stock and the LNER RB Muddle and Go Nowhere Real Ale Bar Car. All Society members will be able to travel on the last special service of the day, but please note that there will be limited seating and part of the train will still be reserved.

Any members of the Railway and local press wishing to attend are advised to contact in the first instance.

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Y14 Final Painting

13th March 2015

Despite setbacks, we are pleased to report that our J15/Y14 steams! And not only that, but she also moves under that very steam! And not only that, but she is now wearing the guise of GER Blue!

We were most dissapointed that the locomotive could not make the North Norfolk Railway's Spring Steam Gala. Alas, several technical challenges, including some tempermental injectors, obstructed the engine's premature flight back to Norfolk. Needless to say, despite the setbacks the overhaul has continued. Some running in tests have been made on the East Lancashire Railway and final painting of the locomotive has now commenced.

Click the thumbnail, left, to view the latest overhaul images.

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Thumbs up from Captain Birdseye!

13th March 2015

Captain Birdseye made an appearance at the North Norfolk Railway's Spring Steam Gala to help launch the newly overhauled Birdseye liveried 'AF' container into traffic.

Sitting atop a 'Conflat' wagon, the container has been effectively been built from scratch, with some of the fittings salvaged from an original 'AF' container the M&GN Joint Railway Society aquired from the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. Early on in the overhaul, it was found that it was not feasable to restore the original, so a plan was hatched to make one from scratch, led by the multi-skilled band of Society Carriage & Wagon volunteers.

The decision was made to paint it in the Birdseye livery, because these were used extensively on fish trains between Yarmouth South Town and Lowestoft to London. All lettering on the vehicle has been painstakingly hand painted by master signwriter Brian Ashby.

It was seen across the NNR over the Spring gala weekend, marshalled in the ever growing demonstration freight train.

If you would like to support projects such as this, and other Carriage and Wagon overhauls, please join the Joint Heritage Coach Fund

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