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Y14:2014 - Nearly There!

27th May 2014

This week we have breached yet another important milestone for our Y14:2014 appeal, with the breach of the £70,000 mark.

The overhaul is now in full swing with all manner of works being undertaken at Riley & Sons (E) engineering workshops in Bury, Lancashire. Many of the tasks undertaken are now being completed, which means the locomotive is beginning to be reassembled.

Thanks to some tremendous and most generous support from our members and benefactors, we have broken the back of our massive £100,000 appeal and are very much on the home straight. But we still have a sizable hurdle to overcome with just short of £30,000 still required to top the appeal.

Here's how you can help restore the Y14 today:
- Download and send off a donation form to make either a single donation or set up a monthly standing order.
- Visit our Online Shop to make a one-off single donation. (Please note a £1 P&P charge will be added, which we cannot remove.)
- Join the Loco Club and select the J15/Y14 on your application.

Thank you for your support.

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Horse Dray Nears Completion

22nd May 2014

The ongoing restoration of an original Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway horse dray, believed to be from Norwich City station is nearing completion, with final painting and assembly underway.

The dray arrived to us in a sorry state and was given to us by the Gressenhall Museum where it had been in store.

The dray features a number of original details, including 'M&GNJR' engraved wheel bearings. Once complete, it will go on permanent display at Holt, where it is hoped we will add to the ever growing goods yard complex.

Click the thumbnail, left, to view photos of the ongoing work.

In a Muddle for Dad's Army

21st May 2014

The now famous Muddle and Go Nowhere Real Ale Bar Car will be back in service in May and June, making two prominent appearances for the upcoming Dad's Army Live! weekend and the Summer Diesel Gala.

The Dad's Army sees Weybourne become Walmington-on-Sea once again (Weybourne was used as a filming set in the original series), with exhibits including Jones' van from the Thetford Museum. The Summer Diesel Gala sees an intensive timetable in operation, with visiting mainline locomotives and evening 'Beerex' trains. See the seperate news story below for more information on the gala event.

The bar will also be open between the two dates, on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June.

May and June Real Ale Bar Dates
Saturday 24th May (Dad's Army Weekend)
Sunday 25th May (Dad's Army Weekend)
Saturday 31st May
Sunday 1st June
Friday 13th June (Diesel Gala Weekend with Beerex Special)
Saturday 14th June (Diesel Gala Weekend with Beerex Special)
Sunday 15th June (Diesel Gala Weekend)

The bar will be selling the usual array of draught real ale, lagers, wines, soft drinks and hot drinks. Click the thumbnail left to view the full list, including the selection of Real Ales.

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Y14:2014 Appeal May Update

9th May 2014

If you had thought that progress on the restoration of our J15 locomotive to the guise of a GER Y14 had slowed, you would be wrong! It's been a while since the last update on the progress of the Y14:2014 Appeal and since then two things have happened: work has increased at an ever quickening pace on the locomotive, with more staff now assigned to the overhaul and appeal donations continue to come in at a near daily rate, helping push the appeal total ever nearer the £70,000 milestone and £100,000 total.

We still have a massive task ahead of us. This overhaul is the most comprehensive the locomotive has ever received in preservation and is possibly the most comprehensive overhaul since she was built 102 years ago in 1912. Quite literally every nut, bolt and rivet is being replaced - and that is no exaggeration.

Click on the thumbnail, left, to see some of the most recent in the works photos and view more at the bottom of the appeal page. Work to date includes:

- Boiler work has begun. After assessment the boiler inspector reports that the engine does not need retubing.
- Tender frame and loco driving wheel painting is complete.
- Aesthetically, reproduction safety chains have been added to the rear bufferbeam.
- Work to repaint the frames and motion into 'Primrose' Yellow is underway.
- The new profile cab roof is taking shape.
- An entirely new bufferbeam is ready for riveting in place in the traditional manner.

The above list is just but a small glimpse into the hundreds of tasks which have already been undertaken, representing months of work on the locomotive. This has all been possible thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters who have already donated to the appeal. We cannot thank you enough for your support so far, it has been fantastic.

If you have not yet donated to the appeal, NOW is the time to do so if you wish to help us achieve our target to have our Y14 in steam by the end of the year. This is still achievable, but only if we can complete the appeal.

How to help us today:
- Download and send off a donation form to make either a single donation or set up a monthly standing order.
- Visit our Online Shop to make a one-off single donation. (Please note a £1 P&P charge will be added, which we cannot remove.)
- Join the Loco Club and select the J15/Y14 on your application.

Thank you for your support.

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J15s Remembered Released

8th May 2014

The M&GN Joint Railway Society is proud to announce the release our second Locomotives Remembered book, with the latest edition in the series covering the J15s.

Edited by Joint Line editor Dennis Greeno, the book contains a full history of the class written by Lyn Brooks and John Watling of the Great Eastern Railway Society and further recollections from the Society's Joint President, Dick Hardy.

The book compliments the previously published B12s Remembered title, which examined the class through the words and recollections of three prominent railwaymen who worked on 61572 and other B12s like her.

Both the new J15s Remembered book and the B12s Remembered book are available through the Society's Online Shop and through Mail Order.

You can find out more about Society Mail Order here and also download an Online Shop Catalogue to view our full range of new books, DVDs & Society gifts. If you have any shop enquiries, please email weybournebookshop@mandgn.co.uk

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AF Container Progress

7th May 2014

Progress on the restoration of our 'AF' Container wagon load has been soldiering on in the Carriage and Wagon workshops at a steady pace, with a new steel frame now complete.

We inherited our 'AF' Container from the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton Road last year, with the intention that it would sit atop of our already restored BR Conflat, B502824. 'AF' Containers were the forerunner to the modern Freightliner container trains of today, so it's preservation is important, even if not as glamorous as some other restorations and will help us show how freight services on the Railway changed over the years.

The container inherited was in poor condition, so we have constructed a very substantial metal frame, on which the salvaged aluminum sheets will be bolted. This will give the container a new lease of life and should see it last for many more years to come.

The 'AF' container restoration is supported by the Joint Heritage Coach Fund (JHCF) and undertaken entirely by volunteers. If you would like to support this project, and others like it, you can either become a member of the JHCF or volunteer in our Carriage & Wagon (and Locomotive) sheds. Email member@mandgn.co.uk for further information.


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The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society is the supporting charity of (and major shareholder in) the North Norfolk Railway, which operates a 5¼ mile heritage railway from Sheringham to Holt.

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