Return of 47580 to the MNR

The Mid-Norfolk Railway, together with the Stratford 47 Group who own the engine, are pleased to announce that Class 47 number 47580 'County of Essex' has returned to the railway to rejoin the group’s other locomotives that are already resident on the line.

Photos thanks to MNR Member, Ian MacDonald

“We are delighted to once again provide a home for this engine. It is extremely important for us as this 47 has the equipment needed to run our MK3 coaches and means that we now have two mainline engines that can power The Polar Express Train Ride services this Christmas”. George Saville, MNR General Manager

47580 arrived back onto the Mid-Norfolk Railway track after a journey as a light engine across Southern England, following the conclusion of the Mid-Hampshire Railway’s recent Diesel Gala event where the engine was one of the featured visiting engines.


'County of Essex' will now join the Mid Norfolk Railway’s roster for regular timetabled diesel hauled services and also be available for special event days.

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