‘Masked’ train rolls onto tracks as heritage line reopens

A steam locomotive on the North Norfolk Railway has been decorated with a facemask ahead of the line

A steam locomotive on the North Norfolk Railway has been decorated with a facemask ahead of the line's reopening on July 8. Picture: North Norfolk Railway - Credit: Archant

One of the steam locomotives on the North Norfolk Railway has been given a very 2020 touch ahead of the line’s reopening.

The team at the heritage railway which runs between Sheringham and Holt have given the LNER B12–8572 locomotive a face, and with it, a face mask.

The railway is reopening on Wednesday, July 8 running a nonstop service between the two stations. Guests will be assigned an isolated compartment for up to eight adults in a booking to make social distancing easier. Only four trains will run daily, and booking ahead is advised, but not essential.

MORE: Here’s when our heritage railways will be back on trackManaging director Hugh Harkett said: “This is very much a limited service to see how things turn out and how many people want to travel on our lovely Poppy Line.”

The railway has just received a £46,500 grant from the National Heritage Lottery Fund (NHLF) emergency appeal to help it recover from the lockdown.

Visit www.nnrailway.co.uk for more.