Undoubtedly the star attraction was 41001, the newly restored prototype HST, which is the only one of her type in the world. Apart from the bizarre front end the other endearing feature lies within, an original Paxman Valenta engine, whch is a Beethoven symphony to those of us who remember the original HST soundtrack before new engines were fitted. And speaking of soundtracks 3 Class 50's attending wasn't to be sneezed at either.
I had aleady arranged to attend the event on the Saturday with good friend Tim Miller to ride the trains, but as the weather Friday was good I returned to Kimberly to do the photography in advance, far from the madding crowd. However, thanks to a camera malfunction I had to turn to videos, which turned out to be a good thing. There will be a zillion pics floating around of the event, but Kimberly Park is a superb place for videoing, as the locos have to slow down on the approach to the crossing before getting the green flag, which means that they are on full acceleration as they pass through the station. Tim and I returned there yesterday evening to catch the last trains through, the climax being 41001 at full revs without its usual Mark 3 coaches pulling a mix including Mark 1's and the 3 Class 50's on the rear. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Turn the volume up to 11 - that's louder than 10!
Thanks should go to Mid Norfolk Railway for organising this superb event, and all the dedicated
PS If anyone has problems watching the vids let me know and I'll post the individual links.