My 76084 Supporter’s Day
By Gary Hayhoe
The trip to the North Norfolk started at Bedlington Station at 4am to pick up Mal Rutter then down to Hollystone roundabout to pick up Dave Freeman then via the Tyne Tunnel to Jun 63 Chester-le-street for me (Gary) at 04.35am as Phil Champion was not available due to illness we were on our way. We arrived at Whetherby services at 05.40 for a 20 minute break then on to Sheringham arriving at 9.20am our best time yet.
A ban on the use of steam locomotives had been lifted on Wednesday 1st August so 2 trains were running both top and tailed WD 90775 with 6 coaches and East Lancs Railway’s Class 14 D9537 ‘Eric’ on rear. Our train had 6 coaches, numbers 1969 used by NNR catering staff, 4372 (our personal coach) then 4958, 4641, 4651 and 3514. 76084 leading with 20227 now named ‘Sherlock Homes‘ on the rear.
At 10.30 we were off with tea or coffee and Danish pastries (yummy) being served. At Weybourne the 2 trains passed then off to Holt where a good number of people “cabbed” 76084 (see images above) and cab rides were available for a few of our “members” back to Sheringham. The view of the sun-kissed Norfolk landscape was a smashing sight but you could see why there had been a ban on steam traction along the trackside and across a couple of fields! Our second trip from Sheringham and the catering staff were back at work with a good variety of sandwiches, sausages and quiches on offer. Our second departure from Holt and it was tea or coffee and cakes on offer. At Sheringham it was time for the group photo (see above also)!!
We were only down for 2 round trips but the steam locomotives were kept on for a 3rd trip so back to Holt we went. On our return we were delayed outside Weybourne due to the WD 90775 starting a small lineside fire between Sheringham and Weybourne. On arrival at Weybourne 76084 came off our train for 20227 to carry on alone. 90775 would carry on to Holt and would come off on its return to Weybourne.
A huge thank you to all the staff at the North Norfolk Railway for a great day.We were on our way home at 3.50 a short stop at Wetherby then back on the road with Chester-le-Street arrival at 8.20 our driver Tony was on good form and helped to make the trip a success.