‘DUB DEE’ 90775 TO DE­BUT AT ‘POPPY LINE’ GALA?

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

WD 2-10-0 No. 90775 should be in steam for the North Nor­folk Rail­way’s Spring Steam Gala on April 21-23 - and could haul its first train since 2009. In mid-April, only ad­just­ment to the ten­der buf­fer springs, fit­ting of its wa­ter pipes, and weigh­ing were still re­quired be­fore the ex-Greek State Rail­ways en­gine could be lit up for an in-frames steam test. Pro­vided this is suc­cess­ful, it will be dis­played in light steam in the bay plat­form at Wey­bourne dur­ing the gala - and may be used for a pas­sen­ger work­ing. “There is a path re­served for it in the timetable with a lo­cal train,” said Neil Sharpe, Chair­man of its own­ing Mid­land & Great North­ern Joint Rail­way So­ci­ety, but he warned: “If it isn’t ready to go out, an­other lo­co­mo­tive will take the train - pos­si­bly the ‘Y14’ No. 564.” The so­ci­ety’s ‘Iron War Horse’ ap­peal for No. 90775 ex­ceeded its £50,000 tar­get by £850, although it will re­main open “un­til the en­gine is back on the road,” said Mr Sharpe. Af­ter that, fans can sup­port the WD through the so­ci­ety’s ‘Loco Club’: see www.mandgn.co.uk

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