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Bressingham Steam & Gardens is a steam museum and garden centre located at Bressingham, west of Diss in Norfolk, England. There are three railway lines which take visitors around the gardens:

  • The Garden Railway - 10+14 in (260 mm) gauge miniature railway
  • The Nursery Railway - 2 ft  (610 mm) gauge narrow gauge railway
  • The Waveney Valley Railway - 15 in (381 mm) gauge miniature railway

The site also contains a short standard gauge section of track and standard gauge footplate rides are sometimes available to visitors.

HistoryEdit

The gardens were established by Alan Bloom MBE at Bressingham Hall. He moved to Bressingham after his previous site at Oakington in Cambridgeshire was compulsorily purchased. He was a plant expert of international renown, particularly in the field of hardy Perennial plants. He laid out the Dell garden with its well-known island beds. His son, Adrian Bloom, laid out the Foggy Bottom garden.

Much of the site is given over to commercial horticulture. There is a garden centre on the site, trading as Blooms of Bressingham (a business now owned separately from the Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum which is a charitable trust). The nurseries themselves are not open to the public.

Standard gauge steam locomotivesEdit

Steam EnginesEdit

Steam TractorsEdit

Steam RollersEdit

Former collection engines includeEdit

Showman's Engines and
Road Locomotive
Ploughing Engines

These un-restored engines were sold in 2007.[2]

Steam Wagons

These have all been sold in the interests of their long term preservation, as the museum did not have sufficient funds to restore them in the short & medium term without heavy borrowing. As the museum is currently undertaking a complete rebuild of the Locomotive Royal Scott which with extra works found needed upon dismantling and the rise in prices of metals during the works has pushed costs towards a £1 million repair bill.

All have been sold to new owners who have plans to restore them to full working order. The President has now been restored and was exhibited at the Duncombe Park Steam Rally in July 2009, were it won the trophy for best engine at the show.

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ReferencesEdit

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