The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has announced the latest visiting locomotives which will be delighting visitors at its popular Annual Steam Gala, which takes place this autumn from 22nd to 25th September.
BR Standard 5 No. 73156, which will be visiting courtesy of the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, is only one of five surviving Standard Class 5 locomotives from the 172 originally built by British Railways Workshops between 1951 and 1956. It returned to service for the first time since withdrawal from British Railways in October 2017.
Also joining is No. 85 Taff Vale Railway Class 02, courtesy of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in Howarth, which was one of the locomotives that worked at the Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Colliery. During the gala the locomotive will team up with the NYMR’s No. 29, ‘Peggy’, which also worked at the colliery.
No. 73156 and No. 85 join LNER A4 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ No. 60007, which will also feature in the event in its temporary semi-matt black livery. Visitors will be able to view these iconic guest engines alongside the NYMR’s home fleet, charting over 100 years of locomotive history. The Steam Gala is a great opportunity to see NYMR’s demonstration freight trains that once moved vast quantities of materials around Britain by rail; now lovingly restored by the NYMR’s Volunteer Wagon Group.
At the NYMR Annual Steam Gala, visitors will experience a host of exciting events and activities including:
- The Annual Steam Gala Beer Festival at Goathland and Levisham stations, which will showcase a selection of real ales and ciders from local breweries including Breworks at Pickering, Whitby Brewery, Helmsley Brewery and Yorkshire Heart;
- Pickering Station will host an array of trade stalls featuring railway memorabilia and model railways;
- At Levisham Station there’ll be a demonstration shunting trains including Piglet’s Steam tram Lucie. There will also be a working display of vintage stationary engines, and the Levisham Station Tea Hut will be open for refreshments;
- At Grosmont Station, visitors will be able to visit the engine shed and see some of the restoration projects currently taking place. Visit the station Tea Room for drinks and snacks and see the Goathland model railway layout raising funds to help restore locomotive No. 3672 ‘Dame Vera Lynn’.
In addition to witnessing the incredible steam locos along the 18 miles of scenery, from wooded valleys to beautiful countryside through the breathtaking North York Moors National Park, there will also be the opportunity to travel by steam, along the national network, with an intensive timetable with services starting at 9am everyday until 7pm with special late extended services also available until 10.30pm on Friday 23rd September and Saturday 24th September.
Throughout the Gala, visitors will be able to witness some of the great work that’s been achieved through the 10 million pound Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey Project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development which includes three newly installed bridges at Goathland and the Carriage Care facility at Pickering.
Discounted four-day Steam Gala tickets are available for £126, with two-day and three-day options also available. Adult single day tickets are priced at £45.*
What’s more, keep your eyes peeled for this year’s limited edition navy Steam Gala T-shirt, available to purchase online or on the day, for £19.50.
For further information of the locomotives taking part in the Annual Steam Gala and to purchase tickets visit, nymr.co.uk/steam-gala