Steam locomotive 80078 returns to Mid-Norfolk Railway

British Railways Standard Class 4 Tank Engine 80078 has returned to its home on the Mid-Norfolk Railway after being absent on other heritage railways.

Last Christmas 80078 was in service at Swanage Railway in Dorset after which it underwent winter maintenance and then recently spent time on the Epping and Ongar Railway.

Once ongoing track work is completed by next month, 80078 will resume service carrying Dereham trains to Wymondham Abbey station on the Blue Steam timetable, which will operate most weekends over the holidays school.

In the meantime, 80078 will operate the current service to Thuxton and back.

Preparing to unload 80078. Credit: Mid Norfolk Railway.

This is a ten mile round trip that allows passengers to see the new station buildings nearing completion and the signal box.

During the summer, the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s popular Fish and Chips and Chips trains and afternoon cream tea specialties will also be steam hauled.

The “Kids Go Free” family tickets which were successfully introduced in 2021 will go on sale again and will be available for all standard running days, but do not include special events or special trains.

80078 above the inspection pit at Dereham (002)
80078 above the inspection pit at Dereham. Credit: Mid Norfolk Railway.

Further details of events and times will appear on the railway’s website in due course at www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk

Mid Norfolk Railway Honorary Vice-Chairman and engine owner Stewart Robinson said:
‘I am delighted to see 80078 back at Mid Norfolk Railway after her recent journeys and together with the rest of the Railways steam crew we all look forward to working on the engine again during steam service this summer’ .

Charlie Robinson, chairman of Mid Norfolk Railway, said:

“We are all delighted to see 80078 back on the railway and we all look forward to the summer holiday period when we will once again see steam trains traveling through the beautiful Norfolk countryside from Dereham to Wymondham.”

Jose P. Rogers