The Diesel Club
The Weybourne Traction Group Diesel Club is the new way to support Diesel Traction on the North Norfolk Railway. The club raises funds for diesel traction that is permanently based on the NNR and includes locomotives owned by the M&GN Joint Railway Society, the North Norfolk Railway and other long term resident locomotive owning groups and individuals supportive of the NNR.
The membership of the club is formed entirely by enthusiasts who all support the continued preservation and operation of all forms of diesel traction on the North Norfolk Railway. Membership is obtained by setting up a banker's order of £2 a month or more, with the preferred amount being £5 month or more.
The club raises funds to support the investment in and maintenance and overhaul of Diesel locomotives and multiple units on the North Norfolk Railway.
If you would like to join the club, please download an application form, print it off and post to: M&GN Joint Railway Society, Sheringham Station, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RA
Diesel traction forms an essential part of the North Norfolk Railway operating calendar, with the daily service from April to October and many other services are reliant on diesel traction to provide the thousands of trains the NNR runs throughout the year. Funds raised by the club will go towards helping to improve our fleet by investing in better maintenance regimes (to increase reliability and availability), conducting thorough and long-lasting heavy overhauls (to increase the standard of the fleet) and by undertaking projects to restore and improve heritage aspects of diesel traction to restore them to their former glory.
Become A WTG Member
By joining the Diesel Club, you will become an official member of the Weybourne Traction Group, the organisation which supports diesel operations, running days and events on the North Norfolk Railway. The Traction Group is run entirely by NNR and Society volunteers and publishes up to date news on NNR Diesel Operations via Facebook and Twitter.
If you enjoy great days out on the NNR behind our diesel traction, be it at special events such as our Diesel Gala or on standard service days, joining the club is the best way to support our activities and will enable us to keep our traction in traffic and in tip-top condition for you to enjoy.
The Weybourne Traction Group Diesel Club’s purpose is to raise funds to assist with the maintenance, investment in, and overhaul of, all diesel traction (including diesel locomotives and diesel multiple units) permanently based on the North Norfolk Railway, from time to time. ‘Permanently based’ diesel traction is defined as diesel traction owned by the NNR or the Society and other long term resident diesel traction owning groups or private individuals supportive of the NNR and Society.
The club is administered by the M&GN Joint Railway Society. The club administrator is Stephen Issit. There is no fixed membership term; membership to the club is renewed on a monthly basis through the payment of a monthly banker's order. Preferred monthly contributions are of £5 per month or more, however, members are welcome to contribute any amount upwards of £2 per month.
Contributions from members go into a restricted ‘diesel fund’, which is managed by the M&GNJRS. From this fund, diesel traction owners can apply for grant funding from the Society for maintenance, restoration and overhaul tasks, providing that they meet the charitable objectives of the M&GNJRS. Applications for grant funding are to be put to the NNR Engineering Committee for consideration, with their recommendations being presented to the M&GNJRS Finance Committee or Board for ratification. Full Club rules can be found inside the diesel Club leaflet.
The Diesel Club is run in addition to all other Special Interest Clubs and does not supercede any existing clubs, such as the Society's Class 31 Club or Loco Club.
Brush Type 2 D5631
Our Class 31 locomotive, which was delivered new to Norwich Shed (32a) in 1960. Additional Images by permission of WTG & Chris Moxon.
Class 03 D2063
D2063 was built in 1959 at Doncaster works. It was allocated throughout the North Eastern Region and worked at York and Gateshead throughout most of its working life. Additional Images by permission of WTG & Chris Moxon.
Class 08 D3935
Our Class 08 locomotive, was built at Horwich in 1960-61 and first allocated North of the border to Kittybrewster
Class 101 Met Cam
'Met Cam' units feature large in East Anglia's rail history during the second half of the 20th Century, first in the form of the visually similar "Met Cam lightweights" [until 1969] and then the Class 101s.
Class 11 12131
12131 was built in 1952 at Darlington works. It was an Eastern Region machine, being based around March, Ely and Cambridge before transferring into the hands of the National Coal Board where it worked at the Snowdon Colliery in Kent. Additional Images by permission of WTG & Chris Moxon.
Class 25 25057
5057 was built in 1963 at Derby works. It had a widespread career working across Britain. Class 25s regularly worked in East Anglia with several based at March depot in Cambridgeshire and were often seen on cross-country workings to Norwich. Additional Images by permission of WTG & Chris Moxon.
Class 37 D6732
D6732 was built in 1962 in the Vulcan works at Newton-le-Willows. It was originally based at Hull Dairycoates depot and ended service with British Rail at Tinsley where it was purchased by the Anglia Type Three Association. Additional Images by permission of WTG & Chris Moxon.
Diesel Railbus E79960
The DRB (Diesel Railbus) is a unique design and was built by the German builder Waggon und Masshienenbau in 1958 for use on quiet rural branch lines. Additional Images by permission of WTG & Chris Moxon.