Bure Valley Railway visit 10th November 2018

After a night of rain, Saturday 10th turned out a sunny autumn day and it made our Bure Valley Railway visit all the better.  This was our third visit as a Group and after a trip to Wroxham and back in a specially reserved carriage we had lunch in the café.  Andrew Barnes then gave us a tour around the workshops and running shed with all the news and some history of the line.  We then had a short Group meeting where a few models were on display before heading home.  Thank you to Andrew and the BVR staff for making our visit really enjoyable.

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Seen at Aylsham, our loco was No 7 "Spitfire" a ZB style 2-6-2 originally built by Winson Engineering and modified over the years by the BVR engineers for optimum performance over the 9 mile line. 
No.7 again at Wroxham after running round her train.
In the running shed is tank locomotive No.8 "John o' Gaunt" another 2-6-2, which was assembled at the BVR workshops from Winson Engineering parts in 1996/7.
No.1 "Wroxham Broad", a 2-6-4 originally built by Guest Engineering but rebuilt by the Bure Valley in 1992. 
2-6-4 No.9 "Mark Timothy" originally built in 1999 by Winson Engineering had to be re-built by Alan Keef Ltd after many problems became apparent and now looks similar to a Leek & Manifold Railway Kitson loco - very handsome.   
Diesel Hydraulic No.3 named "2nd Air Division USAAF" as a tribute to the Division who flew the Liberator bombers in World War 2 from airfields around Norfolk.  Built in 1988 by John Edwards of Great Yarmouth. 
Our Group at Aylsham standing beside No.7 after our journey.
At our short meeting, Ray brought along this well detailed freelance diesel running on a Hornby chassis. 
Neville was displaying some 0n30 Accucraft American stock he had just obtained.  In this picture, a Conoco Tank Car and a Short Caboose.
Special guest Graham D was showing the beginnings of a small n scale 6.5mm narrow gauge layout with a Shapeways 3D printed GE25 Tonner diesel. 
Martin brought along his very portable Cuban style Gn15 layout and new models.
Richard was showing new kits, tempting me (and others no doubt) with a 009 Narrow Planet Bagnall Saddle Tank and a Motor Rail 85hp diesel loco.