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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Sunday - North Norfolk Railway Vintage Transport Day

The year is flying by, it was already time for our favourite Norfolk show of the year. The North Norfolk Railway Vintage Transport Day at Holt Station was on Sunday 7th July, we have never had anything other than a very hot day in about 5 years of supporting this show. Unfortunately no chance of a lie in as we have to arrive between 9-30 and 10am tp park the cars. We had a good turnout of Triumphs on our pitch although I think a couple where interlopers.
We virtually abandon the cars on the field for the day as for showing the car everyone gest free travel on the trains and vintage buses all day, we normally only arrive back at the car late afternoon for a rest before the drive home.
So around 10am Gill and I took the early train into Sheringham from Holt, drawn by GWR 56xx 0-6-2 Tank.

Club Triumph Area.
GWR 56xx 5619 running round at Holt Station.
We arrived at Sheringham to have a stroll around this pretty North Norfolk coastal town. Only unfortunate thing was a Morris Dance festival in the high street, not my cup of tea, but I suppose you have to keep traditions alive.
High Street, managed to avoid photos of the Morris Men. Some of them have painted their faces black!!
Sea Front.

We had a lunch appointment with other members of our group at The Lobster, Gill and I arrived first to sit in the sun with our drinks, other members wanted to sit under a large gazebo out of the sun where there was a group playing, loudly, even worse Country and Western and Sea Shanties, spoilt the Crab sandwiches for me but everyone else seemed to enjoy it. Funny how all their songs are about far away, but far away they where not. Sadly they didn't know any heavy stuff!
Gill and I returned to Holt Station after lunch, we had a choice of transport at the station, either the vintage buses or the train, we chose the train. We just missed the Diesel hauled service and again where behind the 56xx. The LNER B12 was also running however we only saw it at Weybourne where the services passed.
GE/LNER B12 passing at Weybourne.
Fisherman's cottages.

Southend Transport Bristol K Double Decker from 1939.
D2755 English Electric Type 3 ready to depart Holt, known as Growlers for their distinctive sound.
We left the train at Holt Station to board a vintage bus into Holt town, we where lucky to get on the last journey of the day for the Huddersfield bus.
Huddersfield Corporation Daimler with East Lanc's Body Work, this takes me back to my youth, we
used to travel on these from Huddersfield Railway Station to Mold Green visiting my gran and
grandad at weekends.

Holt is a pleasant market town, a little upmarket with property well sought after, it has some nice quiet streets with unusual architecture, and the very large Gresham Private School. We browsed a few shops and galleries, then had a cold drink out of the hot sun.

Note the unusual window and door detail, some form of Alms houses.
Gill browsing the galleries.
We returned to Holt Station about 4pm and headed for the shade of the club gazebo and more cold drinks.
Eastern Counties Bristol Low Dekka from 1954, our transport back to Holt Station.
Did not really have much chance to look around the cars, but we did spot another TR7, a FHC, quite a rare sight for Norfolk.
TR7 FHC, did not get to meet the owner.
Another great day out in Norfolk and the weather just unbelievably hot.

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