Yorkshire Moors Railway oversee the training of North Norfolk Railway drivers to operate on the main line.
The Office of Rail & Road has authorised an addendum to the NYMR’s Safety Case for operating on the Esk Valley Line, so it can run dining trains on the Poppy Line between Holt, Sheringham, and over the Bittern Line to Cromer.
The first NNR diner under the NYMR Safety Case will run on July 5, and all six booked so far have been sold out. NNR officials are looking into the possibility of obtaining at least two extra paths so that more can be run because of public demand.
On June 6-7, 22 empty coaching stock trips were made between Holt and Cromer under the auspices of the NYMR, so that seven NNR drivers – several of whom are already qualified main line drivers – could be inspected for competence over the Bittern Line, in accordance with the Safety Case rules.
The NYMR provided Steve Whitter as the inspector, Steve Conway as the driving operations manager and Ken Jackson as the guards inspector. The lead person from the Poppy Line was Mike Watkins.
As there is no run-round loop at Cromer, the trips are run in top-and-tail mode by main line certified BR Standard 4MT 2-6-0 No. 76084, with London Transport-liveried Class 20 No. 20227 on the back. At a later date it is hoped to introduce Gresley N2 0-6-2T No. 1744 once it has been fitted with the necessary equipment and gone through the approval process to allow registration for operation over Network Rail.
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