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Track relaying on the 15” gauge railway at Bressingham Steam Museum

This past winter a team of hardy volunteers at Bressingham Steam Museum have spent many days relaying several hundred yards of track on the museum’s 15″ gauge line. This runs for a circuit of about 1.5 miles around fen land, fields and woods down to the infant Waveney river. The line was laid by Alan Bloom in 1973/74 and has needed some repairs after 40 years. Continue reading

    TRACTION ENGINE GATHERING AT BRESSINGHAM

    The Norfolk steam museum held a small traction engine rally over the weekend of 16th & 17th May. Invited along were 5 visiting engines, in addition to all of Bressingham’s available road vehicles. The line up included former Bressingham owned 1917 Fowler AA class ploughing engine ‘Cissie’, its first time in steam for several years since being re-boxed by current owner Simon Cruickshank. Simon hopes to have sister engine ‘Bessie’ also restored with a new firebox, in time for the pair’s centenary in 2017. Another debut (in a sense) was the re-appearance of the Thetford based Charles Burrell museum’s 1920 8NHP DCC showman’s engine ‘Queen Mary’; which some may remember unfortunately suffered a broken front axle on the road last year. This was the showman’s second outing since then, followed by its first road run the next weekend as they successfully roaded her back to Thetford on 23rd May. Queen Mary was in the company of an 8 ton DCC Burrell roller No. 4601 built in 1927, also from the Burrell museum. Continue reading

      ‘Gwynedd’ Update March 2015

      As reported last summer the overhaul of 2 ft gauge Port class Hunslet no 316 Gwynedd (built 1883) is making steady progress. A partnership of Bressingham Steam Museum and Penrhyn Quarry Railway volunteers have together been working on the engine since Spring 2014. The restoration is a collaborative project that will see Gwynedd visiting Felin Fawr on a regular basis once restored. Continue reading

        Bressingham holds its popular Vintage Farm Day

        Bressingham Steam Museum held its annual vintage farm event on the last Sunday of September. It was a very successful and memorable day. All Bressingham’s working engines were in steam. Visitors were treated to seeing all of the 3 narrow gauge railways operating (one of which was running a period quarry slate train), stationary engines and road engines and of course the ever popular steam gallopers roundabout. In addition a number of interesting machines and vehicles attended including various bygone farm equipment, an array of stationary internal combustion engines and classic cars. The star guests of the day were a 1923 Armstrong & Whitworth steamroller and living van from the East Anglia Transport Museum at Charlton Colville. This formed part of an impressive display in the road engine section, focusing particularly on steam road rolling and mending. With the permanent displays on offer within the museum buildings there was an abundance of fascinating sights crammed into Bressingham’s site. Continue reading