North Norfolk three Peaks

The North Norfolk Railway staged its annual diesel gala on June 9-11, starring three Peaks representing Classes 44, 45 and 46. Class 44 was represented by newly-repainted green-liveried D8 Penyghent visiting from Peak Rail; Class 45 by blue No. 45133 and Class 46 by D182 in rail blue but with small yellow warning panels and red bufferbeam as only carried by a very select few members of the class.

Class 44 D8 Penyghent departs from Holt with the four-coach suburban set, passing resident Class 25 No. 25057.

The Peaks operated in a variety of top-and-tail and doubleheaded combinations, supported by two visiting Class 37s from the Direct Rail Services fleet and London Transport maroon-liveried Class 20s Nos. 20142 and 20227.

Although the home fleet main line diesels were not involved, the Class 101 Metropolitan-Cammell DMU set was in operation and 0-6-0 diesel shunter No. 12138 made a passenger trip from Sheringham to Weybourne and back each day before retiring for overhaul.

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