Class 25 locomotive for extended stay in Norfolk

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Class 25 D7659 is to remain with North Norfolk Railway until the end of July after appearing at the railway’s Mixed Traction Gala earlier this month.

This event attracted nearly 1,400 passengers and featured nine steam and diesel locomotives, heritage locomotives and wagons.

The locomotive was recently restored and will run trains during the NNR Beer and Cider Festival this weekend. On Friday June 24 and Sunday June 26, D7659 will operate a mid-morning service from Holt to Sheringham, followed by three round trips between Sheringham and Holt. On Saturday June 25, diesel services will be provided by NNR resident Class 37 No. D6732.

During the line’s Vintage weekend, Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3, D7659 will also run services with the railway’s four-car train set of BR commuter cars. The engine will be in action again on Sunday July 17 and Friday July 22, making two round trips.

D7659’s final NNR appearance will be during the line’s 60s weekend on Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24, which will recall the decade’s transition from steam to diesel. This will see D7659 working alongside Class 37 D6732 and the railway’s two BR standards, 9F No.92203 Black Prince and 4MT No.76084.

The Class 25 was the last locomotive built by Beyer Peacock at the historic Gorton Works in Manchester in 1966. During a 20 year working life with British Railways it operated mainly in the Midlands and North- west, but also served in Wales and Scotland. . In the 1970s he worked a few summer holiday specials in Norwich.

Now owned by the Waterman Railway Heritage Trust, D7659 returned to service late last year after an absence of more than 23 years. The locomotive’s visit to the NNR is its first visit away from its Peak Rail base after a restoration that was in effect a complete rebuild.

D7659’s duties are part of NNR’s daily schedule of Heritage Steam and Diesel Services which runs until October 30, full details can be found at www.nnrailway.co.uk.

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