Tiny trains from Bosnia on show

The sign, in Serbo-Croat, means  'Beware of the Train'.    It did not put off hundreds of steam train enthusiasts who packed train after train all weekend MLNF15PB08333 ANL-150824-112334001
The sign, in Serbo-Croat, means 'Beware of the Train'. It did not put off hundreds of steam train enthusiasts who packed train after train all weekend MLNF15PB08333 ANL-150824-112334001
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Steam-engine enthusiasts flocked to Snettisham’s Norton Hill light railway at the weekend for the chance to ride on two mini trains.

The two quarter-sized engines were replicas of a full-sized design that once operated across Bosnia.

Anyone doubting the fascination of steam only had to see the long queues waiting to take a trip on the kilometre long journey through the grounds of Hall Farm.

Owner, Mike Schumann, opens the railway three times each summer to raise money for charity.

Alongside the train rides three organisations, over three weekends, take it turns to add to the attraction of the miniature railway by mounting stalls and side shows. First this year was Hunstanton Rotary club, then King’s Lynn and District Round Table a fortnight ago and this week it was the turn of King’s Lynn and District Lions.

“In a typical year we raise £25,000 and upwards and the amount has increased over the years since 1991. It’s probably doubled in that time,” said Mr Schumann.

Lions president, Paul Southerton, said they had been involved with the railway for about twelve years. “We organise all the stalls and side shows and invite charities such as Mencap, the NSPCC and the Samaritans to run stalls as well as Lions running stalls themselves.

“Last year was a good year and we got around £9,000 which we put to local good causes. We are very grateful to Mr Schumann for what is a sizeable amount for charity.”

Large numbers of the public meant that the organisation of the event had to be top-class.

Marshalling the car parking and helping out on stalls was efficiently done by the King’s Lynn Penguin Explorer Scouts.