As we rattled down the hill from Weybourne after an interesting Behind the Scenes Tour of the workshops, I was reminded of Daisy the Diesel Railbus, from the Rev W Awdryʼs Thomas the Tank Engine books, who was highly-spring and couldnʼt pull trucks because it was "bad for her swerves".
The sun was just setting over the sea behind Weybourne Windmill; a perfect shot, if only I could hold the camera still. However, our worthy steed, a 1958 DRB 4W built for British Rail by Waggon und Masshienenbau, had other ideas. Like fishermen, photographers are full of stories of the one that got away.
Originally part of the Midland and Great Northern line that started from Birmingham, it was this view that for many Midlanders was their first sight of the sea.
Now running for five miles or so from Sheringham to just outside Holt, the North Norfolk Railway (or Poppy Line as it is otherwise known) was one of the first mainline preservation schemes, opening shortly after the Bluebell Line in Sussex.
What the line lacks in length it certainly makes up for in the quality of the line-side scenery.
For timetable, fares, etc. please see the official web site detailed below.