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Richard Hardy

20th February 2018

We are sadden to be informed of the passing of Richard (Dick) Hardy, one of our joint presidents. M&GN Joint Railway Society wishes to express our condolences to his family and all those who knew him.

Please see the official press release here

Dick pictured in October 2012 at Sheringham on the running plate of the Society's B12 locomotive, with fellow retired railwaymen [left to right]: David Butcher, Bob Bane, Dick Hardy and the late Ron Bowyer [Society Vice President]

Picture by Roseanne Bowyer.

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GER 853 Update

13th February 2018

The GER 853 is now back on its under-frame and is the first time in 91 years that it has been on its own set of wheels. This is after 2 years 4 months of restoration on the body so far. The under-frame was released from the body eleven months ago and has been de-rusted, then painted, the wheels and braking system have also been added.

Photos Courtesy of Peter Bedell and Nigel Scarlett.

Heritage Railway Award

12th February 2018


Second place in the Heritage Railway Coiley Locomotive Engineering Award for the restoration of our WD. Photography from Keith who represented the huge team who did the work and all the kind donators at the ceremony. The award is shared with North Norfolk Railway PLC who performed the high standard restoration.

Congratulations to the A1 trust on winning.


9th February 2018

Finally, we have forged links with yet another railway and have had an enquiry from Beamish Museum in County Durham for the hire of Wissington for three months through the summer. Draft contracts have been sent and it looks like the deal is 99.9% done. It will involve around 60 steamings which will bring in enough cash to pay for the new tyres and, as Engineer Keith Ashford so eloquently put it "leave enough change for a bag of chips". Thanks must go to volunteer Rob Gibbons for introducing us to Beamish and to Keith for negotiating the deal. The loco will go directly to Durham following the completion of its contract with Colne Valley.

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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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