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GIANT STEAM GALA ON THE POPPY LINE

Giant it certainly is. Because it stars one of the biggest express engines ever built in Britain. And one of the most surprising – A1 class no.60163 Tornado was built just four years ago.

Forty nine A1 class express engines were built in 1948/49 for the London to Edinburgh services on the East Coast main line. None survived, so an intrepid group of enthusiasts came together to construct a replica. Tornado was named by Prince Charles, and over the last few years has headed the Royal Train on a number of occasions.

This much-acclaimed locomotive is scheduled to come over the Sheringham level crossing on Wednesday 29th August, to be ready for the Grand Steam Gala from Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September. There’ll be an intensive train service on all three days, with Tornado being joined by another giant of steam, David Shepherd’s Black Prince. The Poppy Line’s 84-years-old London-Harwich continental express engine will also be in action, together with two visiting engines from the heyday of the old London, Midland and Scottish railway. It’s a steam buff’s dreams come true!

But that’s not all. Tornado will be staying on the line until 9th September, and there’ll be opportunities for visitors to try their hand at driving the magnificent beast, ride on the footplate, or enjoy a celebration lunch on a Tornado-hauled train on Sunday September 2nd. For details of these specials, go to www.nnrailway.co.uk, call 01263 820 800, or pop into the office at Sheringham station.

Tickets for each day of the Gala are £19 adult, £18 senior citizen, £11 child 5-15, and £45 family (2 adults + 2 children, or 3 adults + 1 child). Tickets give unlimited travel all day, and children under 5 go free. The £5 spending voucher normally issued with family tickets is not available during the gala. The good news is that there’s 10% OFF Gala tickets booked before August 24th (online or by phone).

For further information:

Colin Borg on 07774 710 354, 020 8789 0478 and ladybirdcottage@btinternet.com

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