Duchess of Sutherland set to steam back to Norfolk this summer

The Duchess of Sutherland heads to Dereham Railway Station. Picture: Ian Burt

The Duchess of Sutherland heads to Dereham Railway Station. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The Duchess of Sutherland is returning to Norfolk this summer as a guest of the Mid Norfolk Railway at its 2015 Summer Steam Gala.

The event will be held on the weekend of June 19 to 21 and the Duchess will be working alongside the heritage railway's own steam loco Furness Railway No.10 'Cumbria'.

Organisers have also just confirmed small Prairie 5542 – '4575' class tank locomotive, owned by the Locomotive 5542 Limited, will also be taking part at the gala, courtesy of the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. It returned to steam again in October 2002 for the first time in over 40 years.

It is hoped that a fourth steam loco will also be confirmed ahead of the event.

An intensive timetable will operate throughout the weekend, including shuttles on the northern section to Hoe, where passengers can see first hand the progress being made to extend north to North Elmham.

On the Saturday and Sunday Yaxham Light Railway will be open from 10am to 5pm allowing visitors to drive a narrow gauge steam locomotive for £5.

A selection of real ales will be available throughout the weekend from Grain Brewery, served from cask on board the trains from the buffet car.

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For more information, timetables and ticket prices visit the website www.mnr.org.uk or telephone 01362 690633.

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