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Photo gallery: Historic naming of Bure Valley Railway steam engine in Aylsham

16:57 14 May 2014

Naming ceremony of the John of Gaunt locomotive at The Bure Valley Railway in Aylsham. John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School pupils, left, Hannah Binks, 7, and Eloise Murray-Tye, 7.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Naming ceremony of the John of Gaunt locomotive at The Bure Valley Railway in Aylsham. John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School pupils, left, Hannah Binks, 7, and Eloise Murray-Tye, 7. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Proud pupils have unveiled a steam engine named after their school.

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Youngsters from Aylsham’s John of Gaunt infant and nursery officially named the engine at the Bure Valley Railway station in the town.

The 2-6-2 tank loco has been running under the nickname of Thunder - because of the noise it made in its earlier oil-fulled days before it was converted to coal two years ago.

Railway general manager Andrew Barnes said: “It was more a term of abuse than affection, so we decided to give her an historic name to match our others including Spitfire and Blickling Hall.”

John of Gaunt was a local 14th century lord of the manor.

A youngster enjoys a ride on the newly named  John of Gaunt locomotive at The Bure Valley Railway in Aylsham.   
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYA youngster enjoys a ride on the newly named John of Gaunt locomotive at The Bure Valley Railway in Aylsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Ninety five pupils and staff from his namesake school attended the event.

The loco’s first official duty with its new nameplate was to take them on a trip to Hautbois and back.

Mr Barnes said the engine was part of the’s fleet of five steam and three diesel locos, which hoped to haul about 120,000 passengers this year.

One of the others, Wroxham broad, is marking its 50th anniversary in 2014.

All the locos will be out on the railway’s Everything Goes event over the late May bank holiday weekend.

Contact 01263 733858 or www.bvrw.co.uk

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