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