About the Steam and Diesel Mixed Traction Gala
Older folks living in Norfolk county may remember an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario named Lawrence Welk who hosted a television program from 1951 to 1982. Fans of the entertainer in the seaside town of Sheringham may be disappointed to know that the town is known for predatory marine mollusks called “whelks” and not the famed “champagne music maker”. Perhaps their spirits will be lifted knowing that Sheringham is home to Sheringham Station of the North Norfolk Railway where the Steam and Diesel Mixed Traction Gala is held every June.
We offer a full apology for the truly awful pun of the previous paragraph, but we can atone by telling the reader about this three-day weekend event. The “stars” of the weekend are the steam locomotives of which 8 to 10 are operational at any given time.
The rolling stock at the Traction Gala is not yet determined but past shows have featured the long-standing visitor locomotive, the Class 20, #20227 Sherlock Holmes, and a guest diesel engine, the Class 42 Warship D832 Onslaught. Other locos that may be on the tracks are the steam locomotives Black Prince and Standard 4, #76084. Other points of interest are the machine shop, a locomotive running shed, and the boiler shop at Weybourne station with guided tours given by dedicated volunteers.
North Norfolk Railway
The North Norfolk Railway, also known as “The Poppy Line”, is a 5 ¼ - mile heritage steam railway that runs between the towns of Sheringham and Holt. It dates to the 1880s when it was part of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway's Melton Constable to Cromer Beach branch line. Preservation efforts began in 1965. In 2002 a station building was moved “brick by brick” and rebuilt as a museum in Holt to display many railway artifacts. The railway is run mostly by volunteers.
Entry To The Event
The timetables and fare for the Steam and Diesel Mixed Traction Gala are not yet established so those interested in attending will need to check back as the date of the event approaches. The first departure is usually around 10:00 a.m. and the last arrival back to the Sheringham station is at about 5:00 p.m.
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
Campers and Caravaners have plenty of options in Sheringham but the Beeston Regis Holiday Park campsite offers 40 camping and caravanning pitches, all with a “magnificent view to the sea”. Another coastal park is the Seacroft Caravan and Motorhome Club Site with 111 pitches. Located along the coast and near Sheringham are many hotel and B&B accommodations.
Other Things To Do Around Sheringham
Museum buffs will get their fill in Sheringham beginning with the Sheringham Museum with its lifeboat and fishing boat collection and works by several artists and photographers including Olive Edis, a renowned portrait photographer of the Royal Family. Visitors will also want to visit the Peter Coke Shell Gallery to see a collection of over 100 shell-art creations by the former actor and playwright turned shell artist extraordinaire.
Dogs are welcome but are not permitted on the carriage seats and must always be kept on a leash. The railway, with a few exceptions, is wheelchair friendly but due to the carriages being built before handicapped accessibility was a priority, they may be too narrow for a wheelchair to maneuver. Visitors with mobility issues are urged to contact the railway before arrival for updates and information on parking and toilets. Finally, if you hold a whelk shell to your ear and hear a voice saying “A one and a two…” in a thick German accent, that’s just Lawrence Welk striking up his band.
When is the next Steam and Diesel Mixed Traction Gala?
The Steam and Diesel Mixed Traction Gala is planned to take place at Sheringham Station, Station Approach, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RA, Friday 12th June, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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