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Steam train to Sheringham

Steam Train

On the 11th October 2012, 17 of Holt Society's members set off from Holt station in the train pulled by the apple green liveried locomotive B12 4-6-0 - 8572 to journey the 5.5 miles to Sheringham. The locomotive is the M&GN society's flagship locomotive. It was built in 1928 to a Great Eastern design, for express passenger services in East Anglia. It was preserved by the M&GN society in 1963. The engine is currently in LNER apple green livery and looks in very well preserved condition.

It was an expedition, along with the earlier visit to Blakeney Point, arranged for members to sample two highly favoured local tourist attractions. The nostalgic aspect was further endorsed by our group, when assembling at Holt to catch the train, in observing the train arriving carrying a large contingent of "evacuees" destined for Holt Hall.

The all-too-brief journey to Sheringham via Weybourne was a delight. It recaptured early childhood experiences of the thrill of a steam train journey to a seaside town. We again experienced sitting in carriages which had seen better times and having tickets clipped by a uniformed inspector. We all sampled the varied delights of Sheringham with the Mo museum, various lunch venues and walks along the front.

Returning to Holt, encouraging the B12 up the gradient beyond Weybourne station (did it flag just a little?) and arriving having enjoyed a genuinely nostalgic experience. Who needs the Orient Express?

There are some more pictures of this event in the Photo Gallery.