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For our second day at the North Norfolk Railway, we pair B12/3 Class No.8572 with the line’s carmine and cream coaching stock to represent the transitional days of early British Railways when some ‘Big Four’ locomotives were paired with BR-liveried coaches prior to being repainted into new corporate colours.
No.8572 is rapidly approaching the close of its current ten-year boiler certificate and subsequent withdrawal for overhaul, so we are taking this opportunity to use the locomotive again for a charter before the B12/3 is taken out of traffic.
Our day will start at Sheringham station at 08.15 and we will run through until sunset, hopefully including the fantastic glint shots just prior to dusk and followed by a night shoot in the station at Weybourne. We will have a short break for a change of crew at Weybourne around mid-day, but otherwise we will be at the lineside throughout the day. Those who have visited the line before will know that it offers fantastic opportunities for photography and is well worth making the journey to East Anglia to see.
The B12 class of locomotives was designed by Stephen Holden and built for the Great Eastern Railway, which became part of the LNER on grouping in 1923. Originally Class ‘S69’, the locos were reclassified as B12s by the LNER. No.8572 was one of ten later locomotives of this class and was built by Beyer Peacock of Manchester in 1928. The loco’s survival into preservation owes a lot to Bill Harvey, the former Norwich shedmaster, who ensured 8572 was kept in traffic until sufficient funds had been raised to purchase it; the loco was bought, along with ‘J15’ Class No.7564 , in 1963 and arrived at the North Norfolk Railway in 1967; the B12/3 returned to steam after a lengthy restoration on 3rd March 1995 and is the only surviving inside cylindered 4-6-0 in Britain.
Please note that, due to the current advice in force regarding Covid-19, we will be limiting participants to a strict maximum of 25 people per day only. All TimeLine events are fully Covid compliant and full briefing notes will be circulated to all participants prior to the charter.
We would like to extend grateful thanks to the North Norfolk Railway and the locomotive’s owners, the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society, for their help in bringing this event to fruition. We hope you will want to join us in East Anglia for this day of Winter steam action.
Currently all of our events will run in line with our Covid-19 policy
that follows government guidelines. You can find our Covid-19 policy
information page here.
Images for illustrative purposes only.
- Spare batteries
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
- All levels welcome
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Warm clothing
- Wet weather gear