Sunday, August 28, 2005

Over the tracks, over the tracks...

Based at Holt station, the North Norfolk Model Engineering Club (NNMEC) is the place to realise those early ambitions to be a steam engine driver. The track runs for 300ft, parallel to the North Norfolk Poppy Line locos, the little trains pull a passenger as well as the driver. And, as I somehow earned the privilege of a complementary ride on the miniature railway this afternoon, I’m here to say it was going fast!

Blogging reaps some unexpected rewards.

Promise number two is a day’s instruction for one on maintaining, firing and driving a miniature steam locomotive at Holt. For insurance purposes there will be a minimum age limit of 18. North Norfolk Model Engineering Club membership will be included, which will also provide the promisee with a year of NNMEC’s newsletter.

The kind donor is a knowledgeable enthusiast and the owner of two (and possibly more by the time the promise is traded in) coal fired steam engines. One of which will be on display at the auction on November 26th, hopefully to whip the bidding into a frenzy.

Who do you know who has always wanted to get behind the controls of a steam train? Smuts in the eye are an optional extra…

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