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21st January 2015
The Society's Hudswell-Clarke locomotive Wissington will be in service hauling special trains on the first weekend of half term on the 14th & 15th February.
It will be hauling the Wisbech & Upwell coach, sister vehicle to the one featured in the famous Ealing Comedy The Titfield Thunderbolt. This is a rare opportunity to travel in this coach, which is only used on special occasions.
Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis with priority for Society members. The cost is £15 for one round trip on the special (this is for an out-and-back trip only, starting at Sheringham) and includes a rover ticket to allow unlimited travel on all other trains in the day (a normal yellow service will be operating, with a diesel locomotive hauled train on Saturday 14th vice the NNR's Class 101 DMU). All proceeds from ticket sales will support the Railway and the Society. To book, please telephone the North Norfolk Railway general office on 01263 820800.
Although the timetable is yet to be finalised, there will be three trips made each day with trains departing Sheringham at 1056, 1226 and 1356.
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10th January 2015
We start 2015 with some important news - thanks to the generosity of our membership and supporters, the £100,000 target of the Y14:2014 Appeal has been reached and exceeded.
We really cannot thank everyone who has contributed - from appeal supporters of all denominations, from the long term support of J15 '200' Club members and from members of the Loco Club. We are also extremely grateful to the members of the press for the assistance we have receieved in promoting and publicising the appeal and progress on the Y14 (J15) overhaul.
Unfortunatly, whilst we were successful in steaming the Y14 to working boiler pressure as part of the out of frames steam test in September, the Y14 did not turn a wheel under its own steam in 2014, due to setbacks in the programme of works that saw extra unanticipated work identified. The end result is that whilst we are dissapointed to have missed our target to have the Y14 in traffic by the close of the year, the extra works undertaken will ensure the long-term reliability of the engine.
The locomotive is close to final completion, with only several outstanding tasks to complete. These include the casting and machining of a replacement blower valve, which has proved to be a difficult task. Once this and several other minor works have been completed, the engine will be steam tested. Providing this is successful, it will then undertake running in tests at the East Lancashire Railway.
If all these tests are completed successfully, the engine will then undergo final works to recieve the intricate Great Eastern Railway ultramarine blue livery, before being transported back to the North Norfolk Railway.
9th January 2015
With the advent of 2015, we have some important changes to announce regarding membership fees. The cost of membership will see a modest increase, to take into account increased costs and other financial burdens the Society incurs.
This is the first time rates have been increased for five years, having last increased in 2010. We still feel that in comparison to other heritage railways, our subscription costs still offer great value for money.
Membership Rates for 2015 are as follows:
Adult (16+): £22
Senior (60+): £20
Senior Couple £30
5 Year Rates
Senior Couple £135
Adult Life £365
Premier Life £600
Premier Plus Life £1200
Joint Life £500
Senior Life £300
Senior Couple Life £450
*Up to two adults at the same address.
***Up to 16, or students to 22.
Please also note that following discussion and agreement with the North Norfolk Railway, discounted travel is now no longer available in the first year of membership for new members. Members qualify for 70% discounted travel on the North Norfolk Railway after the first year of membership. Members purchasing five-year or life memberships still receive discounted travel in the first year. Discounted travel excludes special events in all circumstances.
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