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 originalWandering 1500railtour, 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 specialWandering 1500Railtour will be hauled by BR 7MT 70013Oliver Cromwellfrom 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 theWandering 1500tour 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 andThe William Marriott Museumwill open from 10 o'clock, where a special collection ofWandering 1500Tour 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. OurB12 4-6-0 8572will be in steam, along withClass 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 theRailway 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. 61036Mayflowerwas 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.