Dive into amazing locomotive history at North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Autumn Welsh themed Steam Gala

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Those with a passion for steam locomotives should head over to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it holds its annual Autumn Welsh Steam Gala event from Friday September 30th until Sunday 2nd of October.

With no fewer than ten different locomotives scheduled to be in steam, there will be plenty to see and do! Our own home fleet for the weekend consists of two “Black Five” class locomotives, 45428 Eric Treacy (acting as 45344) and 44806 (acting as 44776), both locomotives masquerading as engines from Croes Newydd shed. Also running is our “Standard 4” class 76079 (acting as 76038 of Machynlleth) and our resident B1 61264 which has links with Wales in that it was the only LNER design locomotive to be sent to the famous Barry Scrap Yard!

“B1” class 61264. 44806 and 61264 have recently returned to running at the NYMR after long overhauls and repairs.

80136 will also be joining the fleet after recently returning back to traffic in August, with one of the railways quickest turnarounds with the boiler being installed and passing her insurance exam just one month later! - a very quick turnaround indeed! 80136 spent time in Wales running at Machynlleth! 6046, a 2-8-0 USATC class S160, which has been in service during the summer, will also be running.

There will also be some special guest visitors to the tracks like locomotive 2807, a Great Western Railway heavy freight locomotive dating from 1905, which spent the years 1911 – 1919 hauling coal from South Wales mines. During the Great War, 2807 was involved with the “Jellicoe Specials” to move Welsh Coal to Scapa Flow to fuel the Grand Fleet, working such trains from South Wales as far as Lancashire.

2807 is joined by the “Standard 4” class 76084 – sister to our own - which was bought for £7,500 in 1982 and resided in a private back yard before a 16 year-long restoration, costing £750,000, was completed. She returned to traffic in 2013 and has since had a further £80,000 investment to make her mainline ready, with August of this year being her first main line run.

Also visiting the railway is Great Western “Manor Class” number 7822 Foxcote Manor which is synonymous with Cambrian and Great Western lines in North Wales. During her life in service she hauled trains on the Cambrian Coast, the Shrewsbury to Machynlleth line and the now closed Ruabon to Barmouth line.

Completing the line-up is the narrow-gauge locomotive Britomart from the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway and two "bug box" Ffestiniog Coaches. A temporary track will be laid through the famous foot tunnel at Grosmont that connects the village to the Motive Power Depot. This tunnel is part of the original Whitby to Pickering railway and has never seen or had a steam locomotive pass through it in its 184-year history. When Britomart pulls its first train through the tunnel this will be the first train to pass through in 171 years.

More information about 2807 at Cotswold Steam Preservation Limited, 76084 at Standard4.com and 7822 at FoxcoteManorSociety.co.uk

Additional Activities

On the Friday and Saturday, Grosmont Motive Power Depot will be carrying out lifting demonstrations with our steam crane.

Our Autumn Steam Gala Beer Festival will see Levisham and Goathland offering a wide selection of real ales from local breweries such as Brass Castle, Helmsley Brewing Co and Whitby brewery.

Traders

At Grosmont Station the 76084 Locomotive Company Limited will have a trade stand in the marquee on Platform 2.

At Pickering Station, AirFramed will be selling prints, wall clocks, magnets and memorabilia on Platform 2. Railtrail Tours Limited will have information on their stand about escorted holidays by train. GDMK Images will have a selection of wall art for the Home and Office available. The LNERCA will also have a fundraising stall on Platform 1.

Timetables & Locomotive Allocations

Select the ticket below to see the timetable for that day, if you would like to see the locomotive allocations download the pdf.

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