Mid-Norfolk Railway restructures its leadership team


The management of the Mid-Norfolk Railway (MNR) is to be restructured with new arrangements to be put in place for the beginning of 2023. As part of the plan, the post of general manager is to be made redundant on December 31.

BR ‘4MT’ 2-6-4T No. 80078 at Wymondham Abbey. MNR

The Trust Council of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust, which operates the line, will remain as the overarching strategic management organisation of the Mid-Norfolk Railway. The Trust Council members will therefore continue to be elected from the membership of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust.

A new leadership team will be established to take over the day to day running of the railway, provide all working members with a direct line of communication to management and ensure that communications generally within the railway are improved.

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Charlie Robinson, chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust Council, said: “It has become clear this year that the railway has outgrown its old management structure and the general manager’s role, as currently constituted, has become too broad a task for any one person to carry out.

“I would, therefore, on behalf of the whole railway, like to thank George Saville for all his efforts over the last few years as the railway’s general manager. He has made a significant contribution to the development of the railway and the point it has now reached.”

Mr Saville has been offered a new part-time position at the MNR from January 1, 2023.

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“His experience and knowledge of railways in general and heritage railways in particular has proved to be a huge asset to the MNR and one the Trust Council is keen to keep at the railway, if at all possible,” the railway said in a statement.

New role

A new full-time post of operations manager will be created, details of which and how to apply will be published shortly. It is intended that the new appointment will take effect on January 1, 2023.

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Class 47 No. D1933 (47255, 47596) and Mk3 carriages at Thuxton. MNR

Derek Orr, the current volunteer operations manager, will be stepping down on the same date.

“The MNR owes a great debt of gratitude to Derek for managing this position for a number of years despite having a full-time job elsewhere and a young family to look after,” the railway statement continued.

“The Trust Council is delighted Derek will continue as a trustee of the railway and with the railway management team and help with the smooth transition in the New Year.”

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Steph Garthwaite, the current deputy general manager, will continue in her volunteer capacity to ensure that the introduction of the new operations manager will be as straightforward as possible. She will act as the line manager for the various individual departments and be the link between them and the Trust Council.

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