Military honours for repatriated wartime locomotive

NORTH Norfolk Railway-based WD 2-10-0 No. 90775 is to be named after the county regiment with full military honours.

At noon on Saturday, September 9, at Sheringham station, recently overhauled No. 90775 will be named The Royal Norfolk Regiment, It will be the first main line steam, diesel or electric locomotive to bear this name.

WD 2-10-0 No. 90775 at Holt in revenue service on the NNR on July 14. PETER MAYNE/M&GMJRS

Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society chairman, Neil Sharpe, said: “This is something of which the society and the regiment are extremely proud.

“The naming honours generations of local soldiers who served in the regiment over almost 400 years and so cements a uniquely strong local connection between the locomotive, the NNR and our county.”

Discussions with the successor regiment, The Royal Anglians, have been ongoing for some time. The event will also see many old soldiers present to pay their respects to what we hope they will come to see as “their locomotive”.

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