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ex-LNER Class B1 locomotive “Mayflower”, No.1306, is to be joined by ex-LNER Class N2 tank locomotive No. 1744 and the MNR’s regular summer visitor, ex-GWR design pannier tank No.9466. The three day event’s timetable is “tba”.

Normal Steam Single/Return Journey Fares apply, Adult £10, Child £5, Family £26.
Adult Rover is £25 and Child Rover £12.50. No discounted fares are available.

Photo N2, 1744, Gresley Society Trust

1744 is a 0-6-2 wheel arrangement Class N2 Tank locomotive, originally constructed for the Gt Northern Railway [GNR]. Current livery is green.

At the end of World War 1, the GNR’s Chief Mechanical Engineer, Nigel Gresley, decided to enlarge and enhance the 1907 Ivatt Class N1 0-6-2T with piston valves and superheat.

The requirement to work over the Metropolitan Widened Lines to Moorgate station imposed severe restrictions on both the length and dimensions of the new locomotives and so a very powerful looking locomotive emerged.

1744 was built by the North British Locomotive Company, at Glasgow in early 1921. It has a 170psi boiler, two inside cylinders and 4’ 8” wheels, it is capable of producing 19,000lbs of effort.

Condemned by British Railways as 69523 in September 1962, the Gresley Society purchased the locomotive in September 1963 for £900.

Having been restored as LNER No 4744, the locomotive was first steamed in July 1965, ready for a starring role as the “Scotch Express” in the film “The Railway Children”.

In preservation the locomotive has visited many Heritage railways and featured in “Steam on the Met” in 1994, accumulating almost 60,000 miles to date, giving a total for 90 years of service, of almost 1.2 million miles.

Photo B1, 1306 George Saville

MAYFLOWER, 1306 has a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement and is a Class B1 tender engine designed during World War 2 by Edward Thompson, Sir Nigel Gresley’s successor at the London and North Eastern Railway [LNER].

However it was built, in 1948, as British Railways’ 61306, by the North British Locomotive Company, at Glasgow.

1306 was saved for preservation at the end of steam in the 1960´s, after working the last steam hauled express "The Yorkshire Pullman", the early preservationists of 1306 then named her "Mayflower", a name taken from scrapped B1 61379 a class member they failed to save, and the third member of the B1 class to carry the name. The late Gerald Boden then purchased Mayflower for restoration. The Boden family has just completed Mayflower´s lastest overhaul at Gerald´s son Neil´s diesel locomotive overhaul business, Boden Rail Engineering. 61306 has been overhauled to run on Network Rail and will arrive at the Mid Norfolk Railway by its mainline connection.

61306 Mayflower has been returned to her "as built" condition in the LNER livery, but with British Railways on the tender. The B1 class were a common sight in Norfolk in the 1950´s and 60´s and could be seen working trains into Norwich

With two outside cylinders, a boiler pressed to 225psi and 6’ 2” driving wheels giving over 26,000lbs of effort, the type were used as express passenger train locomotives.

Whilst principally serving northern England during its operational life, 61306 has also seen service, post preservation at Steamtown Carnforth, on the Main Line, the Great Central Railway and the Nene Valley Railway.

Photo 9466, Leslie Dale

9466, is a 0-6-0 wheel arrangement Pannier Tank. Current livery is BR Black.

Frederick Hawksworth, the Gt Western Railway’s last steam locomotive designer, was responsible for this final iteration of a design, first created during the 1870’s.

9466 was built in Newcastle by Robert Stephenson&Hawthorns Ltd for British Railways. It has a 200psi [pounds per square inch] boiler, two inside cylinders and 4’ 7” wheels, it is capable of producing 22,000lbs of effort.

The “94xx” pannier tanks were built for shunting and hauling local passenger and goods trains. Amongst the tasks which the class undertook, was hauling 14 coach trains to Paddington Station in London, ready for express locomotives to take them on; they banked (pushed) heavy trains up the infamous Lickey incline outside Birimgham. Generally the type would have been used for shunting duties or slow rural lines freight or passenger trains.

When 9466 was withdrawn from service it went to the famous Barry scrap yard in Wales, then saved from scrapping. The owner, Mr. D Howells MBE then rebuilt 9466 from derelict condtion.

Only 1 other “94” class pannier tank has survied as part of the National collection at the Swindon "Steam´´ museum. 9466 is the only member of the Class which steams, and has appeared at a number of major preserved railways, and took part in 5 "Steam on the Met. events" on London Underground’s surface lines.

9466 is also currently approved to haul trains on Network Rail.

On Saturday 23rd June 2012 9466 first worked a train on the Mid Norfolk Railway, it then took part of the "Titfield Thunderbolt" from Norwich Thorpe to the North Norfolk Railway, and finally worked it on the North Norfolk Railway, a “first” for a steam locomotive in preservation.

Travel by the MNR to Yaxham to be “Driver for a Fiver” on the
Yaxham Light Railway. [there is no public car park at Yaxham].

The J94 [3193 or “Norfolk Regiment”] of the Norfolk Heritage Steam Railway Company, will be available for inspection at Yaxham Works.
Further details of the MNR may be found on our website
Please raise day to day queries on 01362-690633/851723.

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