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All aboard for weekly’s souvenir special

A weekly paper has marked the historic relaunch of steam rail in the town with a souvenir special.

The East Grinstead Courier & Observer ran a wraparound poster front page and two supplements, featuring key areas of interest in the town as well as travel information for visitors.

The launch of the new steam railway comes 55 years after the last steam train pulled out of East Grinstead, and is expected to boost the town’s economy and attract thousands of tourists a year.

News editor Claire Cromie and reporter Lewis Dean pulled together the content for the special, while Geoff Ashton and Karen Morgan from the advertising and sales departments sold almost £4,000 of advertising space.

A spokesman for the paper said: “The wraps provided readers with a souvenir of this momentous occasion for the town of East Grinstead.
“It is a fantastic example of what we can achieve when everybody pulls together.”

More than 3,000 enthusiasts braved the wind and snow to be the first to travel on the newly-extended railway line.

The wraparound for the East Grinstead Courier & Observer's souvenir special