After a delicious lunch, we were treated to a very interesting talk about the North Norfolk Railway, by Mr Trevor Eady. After retiring from aviation, he became in 2006 a volunteer guard on the NNR and eventually became General Manager (now retired). Under his watch more trains were added to the timetable as were many more special events, such as the Dad’s Army weekend. The 1940s weekend is also a great success as so many businesses in Sheringham now are also involved, as well as the general public. The Santa Specials are also popular but now suffer competition from elsewhere! The NNR now attracts more than 166,000 visitors a year and has 376 volunteers as well as 55 staff, amongst several departments, of which engineering is the largest. Trevor also told us more about the engineering side of the business and showed us slides of many locomotives, both steam and diesel. Bringing in ‘new’ locomotives is a major operation, as anyone who lives or works near Sheringham’s main car park can attest! Trevor told us a lot more about the NNR, including the fact that Weybourne station (proudly involved in a Dad’s Army episode!) is the only place on the line with two tracks.
There were a good number of questions after this excellent talk, and Trevor was thanked by our Chairman.