The North Norfolk Railway is to donate its Easter Saturday income to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Emergency Appeal.
NNR Managing Director Hugh Harkett said: “We’re running a 45-minute steam service over Easter, and I expect that we’ll raise in excess of £10,000 for our friends on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. When disasters like the embankment collapses on the GWSR happen, it’s vital that all of us in the heritage railway movement rally round.”
It is planned that GWSR representatives will be at the NNR on the day, spearheading an additional fundraising effort.
As a result of the collapses, David Shepherd’s 9F Black Prince, long-term resident on the GWSR, will be moving to the NNR at the end of May following partial overhaul at Crewe. The loco previously paid a brief visit to North Norfolk in 2007.
NNR director Julian Birley says: “I’m well aware that the Honeybourne Line’s misfortune is our gain, and members of the GWSR will always be given a very warm welcome if they want to see a very familiar locomotive on less familiar turf.”