It is not often that a railway books a visiting engine for a gala which turns out to be unavailable and even rarer for its replacement to be unavailable as well.
The third choice engine turned up though and Brian Sharpe reports on another successful event on the North Norfolk Railway.
With two BR Standards in its operational fleet plus a Riddles-designed WD Austerity 2-10-0, the North Norfolk Railway’s spring steam gala which took place somewhat later than usual on April 20-22, was to have a BR Standard theme.
Two visitors were booked in the shape of 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78018 from the Great Central Railway and 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80136 from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Unfortunately the NYMR was unable to spare the 4MT tank and a replacement was found in No. 80104 from Swanage but it too could not be spared by its home railway. Fortunately it was third time lucky when another 2-6-4T was secured in the shape of No. 80072 from Llangollen.
Read more and view more images on this event in Issue 241 of HR – on sale now!