Historic steam roller to return to North Walsham

Just Regional
Sep 22, 2016 2 mins read

A little piece of local history will be made on September 25 when a steam roller that spent most of its working life with the North Walsham road making company WB Gaze returns to the town.

The roller, named Success, will be on display in steam as a centrepiece for the September Sunday Farmers’ Market.

It was built in 1928 and supplied new to Carstons of Coltishall and then sold on in 1933 to WB Gaze of North Walsham where it worked until 1962. It was purchased for preservation, passing through several hands until acquired by the present owner Nick LeCount from Northamptonshire.

Success is now back in East Anglia having attended the Mid Suffolk Light Railway Gala on September 10 and 11 before its starring appearance in North Walsham.

Nick said: “I was delighted to be in a position to bring Success back home after all these years and hope that as many people as possible will come to see the engine back in the Market Place where it used to work.”

John Durrant, who has organised the visit, said: “WB Gaze was a major employer in North Walsham for many years and it would be wonderful if people came to see this little bit of living history back in the town.”

The roller will be on display in steam at the Market Place between 10am and 2pm.


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