Enthusiasts from across the country flocked to the Norfolk coast to experience a North Norfolk Railway steam gala spectacular.
It featured vintage locomotives and all the romance of steam from a magical bygone era.
The event suffered a blow when it was announced The Sir Nigel Gresley, built in 1937, would not be at the gala. Network Rail told organisers the Thursday before that the locomotive could not travel on a section of track because of “weight restrictions”.
This didn’t deter thousands of steam fans enjoying another memorable visit.
NNR general manager Trevor Eady said: “We were devastated. To find a replacement a week before proved difficult. However, I’m delighted this hasn’t stopped the many enthusiasts attending and it’s been another successful event”
He added that part of the appeal of steam galas was because of the noise and smell from the machinery.
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