I first visited Bressingham Steam Museum as a child in 1964 when my father had just bought his first ‘new car’ and, as with all cars in that era, it needed to be Run In. Where better to go on our first trip?
I don’t remember at what speed we drove up the A140, but I do recall that we had a ‘Running In, Please Pass’ sticker on the back to let other drivers know that we wouldn’t be going as fast as them – some were even touching 50mph, I guess!
The Museum & Gardens, which includes Standard and Narrow Gauge lines, Traction Engines, Road Rollers, Gallopers, Static and Portable Engines and the National Dad’s Army Collection (as much of the BBC filming was done in the area, including in the fields behind Inglewood House) had to close abruptly due to COVID-19 and many of the Special Events planned for the summer have had to be cancelled.
As we regularly host visiting Engine Drivers as well as visitors to both the Museum and the Wedding Venue at Bressingham Hall, we were very pleased to be among the many supporting their ‘On Track’ Appeal to raise funds in order to survive the COVID Shutdown.
The trains are now running again and, as Inglewood House is about a mile from Bressingham, it is once more a great delight to hear the ‘peep-peep’ of the engines as they set off on their various journeys around the 220 acre site. Here is a link to a short video https://youtu.be/O8rxysRJuXY
The highly successful annual Steam Punk Weekend has been re-scheduled for the weekend of 29th/30th August and the Fire Engine Gathering is going ahead on Monday 31st August as is the Vintage Farming Day on 27th September so, hopefully, the end of the Season will be better for them than the beginning.