Day at the coal face

York are running the N7 loco from North Norfolk every day this Easter holiday along with the Furness Railway Trust’s North London Railway carriage. I went to York today to meet up with friends Keith Foster and Peter Kazer and have a day with them assisting the yard operations. Here’s the N7 after we had cleaned the side closest to the camera. We also worked the engine during the lunch break for the rostered crew. Keith is a Talyllyn driver and a Great Eastern Railway enthusiast – and having the chance to drive the N7 means that he has now worked on all the operating GER preserved steam locos.

During the morning, we played host to the NRM’s “Director of Fun”…and the television cameras, at which point we made ourselves scarce, while Tony Filby did his bit for the silver screen.

Meanwhile, over in the Great Hall, Spooner’s Boat is in full sail, displayed next to the Once upon a Tide exhibition.

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About Anthony Coulls

Anthony is Senior Curator of Rail Vehicles at the NRM and has been an active heritage railway volunteer since 1988
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