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During the second weekend of March I paid my first ever visit to the West Somerset Railway for their Somerset and Dorset Gala. A selection of pictures from the weekend can be found here.
An Ivatt 4MT on the M&GN should never be taken for grated. Despite disappointing weather for much of the Spring Gala weekend, I must admit, as the sun glinted off the side of the boiler barrel late Friday afternoon, with the regulator in my grasp, I didn't want to be anywhere else! Click here to view.
A brief introduction
32G was the shed code of the former railway village of Melton Constable (Norfolk's answer to Crewe). Melton was a major railway junction on the former M&GN (Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway), with lines to Kings Lynn (South Lynn, and the Midlands), Cromer (Beach), Norwich (City) and Yarmouth (Beach). It was also home to the M&GN's locomotive, carriage and wagon workshops, where repairs to the company's locos and rolling stock would have been carried out. The M&GN was the first major casualty of the railway closures which took place in the late 1950s and 1960s. On 28th February 1959 the majority of the 161 mile M&GN network was closed. Melton remained open until 1964 when the Cromer branch was cut back to Sheringham. If you drive through Melton today you would be forgiven for thinking if there was actually a railway there at all, let alone a once busy railway junction. However some the buildings still remain, including: the engine shed, water tower, goods shed. These are now utilised as part of Melton Constable Industrial Estate.
This site is predominantly a photographic website, and all the photos you will see have been taken by myself. I choose the name 32G because I have a particular fondness for the M&GN, and Melton Constable would have been the closest engine shed to my home had it still been there today.
For those that are interested, I'm currently using a Canon 50D with a Canon 24–105 L IS USM lens. (Older photos were taken with Canon G2 before I upgraded to a Canon 300D using a Canon 28–135 IS USM lens or 18–55 EF-S.)
Copyright information: All photos are © Benjamin Boggis. Please feel free to view as many images as you wish, however they may not be reproduced under any circumstance without written permission from myself.