Mid-Norfolk to run diesel weekend

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47580 County of Essex departing Dereham Station. MNR.

The Mid Norfolk Railway is to a run a busy Diesel weekend from September 23 to 25, featuring guest main line and heritage engines.

The main line operating company Direct Rail Services, which is active in the region, will be supplying either a Class 57/3 or a Class 66 locomotive depending on its own operational requirements. Also making a visit will be Class 20 D8001 (20001) courtesy of the Epping and Ongar Railway. D8001 will be making its first visit to another railway following three years out of traffic while the engine underwent a refurbishment and painting.

The guest locomotives will be joined by the Mid Norfolk Railway’s resident diesels hauling a two-train service.  Coaches in use will consist of a British Railways maroon liveried Mk.1 and Mk.2 vacuum braked set and an ex-Greater Anglia Mk.3 set. The railway is planning for Class 47s County of Essex and Aldeburgh Festival, together with the Class 14, to all be in action. The programme will also include an evening ‘Beer Ex’ train, with beer from the Tindall Brewery of Seething, Norfolk, available on board.

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Further details, including the timetable and tickets, are available from the Mid Norfolk Railway’s website.


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