About the Narrow Gauge East
Situated about 90 miles northeast of London and just east of Thetford Forest Park is the town of Thetford in the Breckland district of Norfolk. Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809), the English-born American political activist and revolutionary was born there and is credited for writing two influential pamphlets that inspired American Patriots at the start of the American Revolution. One of those pamphlets was titled “Common Sense”, something still lacking in American Politics. Another place where common sense gives way to unfettered joy for model railway enthusiasts is a few miles east of Thetford at the Bressingham Steam & Gardens. This is the site of the Narrow Gauge East Model Railway Exhibition held every year in late May or early June.
This one-day event is a celebration of narrow gauge modelling where collectors and others with only a casual interest can admire the variety of narrow gauge railway layouts, trade stalls and society stands.
Visitors can ride on one of the four railways at Bressingham on a collection of working locomotives that will pass our magnificent gardens and woodlands. Adults may think that the steam-powered Victorian Gallopers is just a “merry-go-round”, but your kids will thrill at being atop one of the equine figures. Fans of the BBC series Dad’s Army will enjoy the collection of original memorabilia and items used in the series. The Steam Museum café is also open for snacks, drinks, and meals.
Bressingham Steam & Gardens
The three-abreast Gallopers are Bressingham's centerpiece. It was built by Savages of Kings Lynn in 1897 and operated by the Thurston family of Norfolk until 1934, After finding a home at Bressingham, the engine was rebuilt. At full speed, the Gallopers can reach six revolutions per minute accompanied by a Bruder-built, 48 keyless Chiappa organ. Bressingham Steam & Gardens was the life-long passion of Alan Bloom (1906-2005), a British horticulturist and steam engine enthusiast who purchased Bressingham Hall in 1946. The attraction opened to the public in 1961.
Entry To The Event
The entry fee to the Narrow Gauge East event is £6.50 and includes access to the event, the gardens, and the museum. Rides are extra but there are other ticket plans available that do include the rides. Ride tickets can be purchased individually but a better option is to contact Bressingham for the best ticket option for your family. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
Travelers have one option not seen at other events in that they can stay overnight in Bressingham Hall, within the Dell Garden. See details on the website under the “Plan your visit” banner. Click to “Places to stay” to find the link. Other hotels, B&Bs, and campsites are located eastward toward the town of Diss.
Other Things To Do Around Nr Diss
The Narrow Gauge East exhibition is a one-day event so weekend visitors and those planning a longer stay have the option of exploring the coastline attractions to the north, east, and south of Thetford. Those wanting to learn about the local area have many choices as well. The Thelnetham Windmill is one of only four preserved tower mills in Suffolk. Thetford is also the home of the Charles Burrell Museum with a display of steam engines & agriculture machines from the days when Burrells were once the largest manufacturers of traction engines in the world.
Parking is free at the Bressingham Steam & Gardens. Visitors will need to find other accommodations for their dogs as only registered guide and assistance dogs are allowed on site. The gardens and all museum attractions are wheelchair friendly except for one gallery in the exhibition hall. American modelling enthusiasts are welcome if they admit their allegiance to King George III and hand over their Thomas Paine pamphlets.
When is the next Narrow Gauge East?
The Narrow Gauge East is planned to take place at Low Road, Bressingham, Nr Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA, Sunday 31st May, 2020. This is a Model Railway Event.
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