North Norfolk again honours county regiment

Army dignitaries joined North Norfolk Railway staff for the presentation of the third nameplate cast for WD 2-10-0 No. 90775 Royal Norfolk Regiment on March 15.

The third solid-brass nameplate, cast at the same time as the two on the locomotive, was presented to representatives of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum by the locomotive’s owner, the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society.

Pictured with the replica nameplate are Neil Sharpe (M&GN Society chairman), Kate Thaxton (museum curator), Brigadier Max Marriner, museum volunteer Dicky Bird and society trustee and media officer Peter Mayne. NNR

For the occasion, a special train, conveying guests in the line’s GWR directors’ saloon, left Sheringham for Holt at midday, stopping at Weybourne on the way back for the presentation.

The party included Brigadier Max Marriner, county colonel of the Royal Anglians, who said: “The Norfolks have been one of the most important county regiments for 300 years, and many of the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment, based at Woolwich in London, still come from the county.”

The locomotive was officially named last September.

The nameplate may now be displayed at Norwich Castle or at the city’s Shirehall Museum.

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