The Mid-Norfolk Railway has received a valuable bequest from the estate of the late Paul Mobbs in the form of a Class 03 0-6-0 diesel shunter, a four-wheel ventilated goods van, and a Conflat A short wheelbase flat wagon container wagon.
Paul was a long-time member of the railway and gave it many years of service. Without Paul, the railway wouldn't be the place it is today and has expressed its sincere thanks to Paul's family, especially Ruth, for all their help at this very difficult time. Their efforts to assist the railway with moving Paul's bequests have been very much appreciated.
The railway took delivery of the Class 03 No. 03063 last Tuesday, 7 November, but the goods van is already on site whilst the Conflat A is due to be delivered to the railway in the new year.
Built at British Railways works at Doncaster in July 1959, 03063 was originally numbered D2063, but was renumbered in February 1974. It was first allocated to York shed, and was withdrawn from British Rail service in November 1987 when it was at Gateshead shed.
The four-wheel ventilated goods van has been on loan to the railway for a number of years and is currently stabled in the sidings at Dereham Sidings. However, now that its ownership has been transferred to the Mid-Norfolk Railway, it has in line for being fully restored and will receive attention over the coming years.