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Charles Burrell Museum holding end of season open day on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 15:59 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:00 28 October 2015

The Queen Mary returning to the Charles Burrell Museum in Thetford following extensive repair work after her axle broke on the A11 last year.

The Queen Mary returning to the Charles Burrell Museum in Thetford following extensive repair work after her axle broke on the A11 last year.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2015

A steam museum is hoping its autumn open day will have a more successful climax than last year as it invites visitors to witness its rare engines in action.

Last year, the Charles Burrell Museum Open Day ended in catastrophe when its pride and joy roller, the Queen Mary, snapped an axle on the A11.

The breakdown caused traffic tailbacks on the busy road, and painful repair costs spiralled into the thousands.

But now the Queen Mary has risen once again and is in prime condition to take centre stage.

She will be the star attraction on Saturday, October 31, as the museum opens its doors to the public again for another open day.

Running from 10am to 3pm, the open day promises to give visitors a look at the three engines its volunteers maintain.

They include a 1902 traction engine, the Queen Mary, a 1920 showman’s engine, and a 1927 steam roller.

All will be in action, with the chance to see them working up close.

Some visiting engines will also be on display, as well as several model engines.

The volunteer run museum is currently hoping to secure funding to pay for £100,000 of refurbishments. It had hoped to pay for the works via funding from Moving Thetford Forward, but that money has now been put towards restarting the Thetford Enterprise Park by the Greater Thetford Development Partnership.

Entry to the open day is free.


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