The M&GN Joint Railway Society's roaming locomotives, J15 7564 and Hudswell-Clarke Wissington have now both returned to the North Norfolk Railway following visits to other heritage railways.
Wissington has been based on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway since completion of her overhaul and has accrued many miles of running during her visit there. This work has been excellent for the locomotive as the light loads, short distances and gentle gradients have enabled her to be run in very well. Several Society volunteers involved with Wissington's restoration have been close by to give her attention between steamings, meaning the locomotive has been in traffic regularly. Wissington's visit to the MSLR this year marked the first time the locomotive has left Norfolk in over 50 years.
The J15 has also returned following an Autumn and Winter visit to the Avon Valley Railway. During her visit, the locomotive took part in their end of season gala and has been the star attraction of a photocharter. The locomotive has had a lot of work, including hauling the AVR's Santa Special services and additional driv
er experience days. This has brought in extra revenue for the Society at a time when the loco would otherwise be sidelined and this will be invested in her impending overhaul.
Both locomotives will now spend time in Weybourne works over the winter for maintenance and Wissington
will also be repainted during this time, complete with ornate lining out as she would've looked when working for the British Sugar Corporation's Wissington factory.