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Veteran loco off for a makeover
Oliver Cromwell
The Oliver Cromwell was winched inch-by-inch onto a lorry
A much-loved veteran steam train took a piggyback ride to restoration from Norfolk on Friday.

Bressingham Steam Museum was seeing off one of its prime exhibits, the 50-year-old locomotive Oliver Cromwell.

The loco went into service in 1951 on the Norwich to London mainline and was taken in at the museum when she retired in 1968.

She is heading to the National Railway Museum in York then on to Loughborough to be restored.

As she was winched inch-by-inch onto the back of the lorry, Bressingham's David Madden said it was a tricky business.

"We're putting a 90-tonne locomotive onto a lorry - and we have got to make sure it doesn't fall off," he said.

The plan is to bring the locomotive back to Bressingham in two years' time to run on a new track which is being laid now.

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