Autumn Steam Gala
The Great Western Railway Locomotives come to the NYMR Autumn Steam Gala
26 – 28 September
This September visitors to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will be looking to the west as locomotives from the Great Western Railway (GWR) line up as the star attractions at this year’s Autumn Steam Gala.
Over the three day gala, the NYMR are delighted to welcome 28xx 2-8-0 No. 2807 ‘Heavy freight’, No. 1501 Hawksworth Pannier and celebrating its 80th birthday in 2014 ‘Castle’ 4-6-0 No. 5029 Nunney Castle.
The ‘Castles’ were first introduced in 1923, and from then until the end of steam were the GWR’s primary express passenger locomotives – 171 being built in total. 5029 ‘Nunney Castle’ is a 4 cylinder 4-6-0 to the design of Charles Collett and was built at Swindon Works in 1934 and takes the name of Nunney Castle which is located near Frome, Somerset.
During the first day of the World War II Evacuations, 5029 hauled trains carrying children being taken from London to the safety of the countryside and later in its service in October 1957 was used to haul the Royal Train from London to Gloucester. 5029 is one of eight locomotives of this class that were saved from the scrap man’s torch for preservation. It is certified for operation on Network Rail and has recently run to Plymouth as part of commemorations of the ‘City of Truro’s record 100mph run 110 years ago. Thanks go to Locomotive Services Ltd for making 5029 available.
The ‘28xx’ 2-8-0s were one of the Great Western Railway’s primary freight locomotives. No. 2807 is 100 years old, and the oldest survivor of the standard classes of G.W.R. steam locomotives introduced by the famous locomotive engineer George Jackson Churchward. We are delighted to welcome owners Cotswold Steam Preservation to NYMR for the first time.
Philip Benham, managing director said “Never before have we had such a line-up of GWR power in Yorkshire and we are planning to put on a spectacular show bringing locomotives to the NYMR that have never before worked our line with 2807 paying the first visit of its class to a heritage railway this far north. 5029 once visited NYMR some time ago and we are delighted to see it return to really show us what it can do.”
Unfortunately GWR Mogul No 5322 has had to be withdrawn from traffic for repair work. However we have been able to obtain the Pannier No. 1501 instead. Hawksworth’s 15xx pannier tanks were introduced in 1949 for hauling empty coaches to and from Paddington station. The design is unusual for a pannier tank because of the outside cylinders and 1501 is the only survivor. NYMR is particularly grateful to the Severn Valley Railway for making the engine available at very short notice.
Alongside the three guest locomotives the NYMR’s very own 75029 engine ‘Green Knight’ will be the fourth Swindon built locomotive to support the Steam Gala. Plus fellow home fleet favourites such as Class A4 Pacific No. 60007 and LH&JC 0-6-2T No. 29 to name just two. With over 11 locomotives lined up to run over the 3 day extravaganza this is one gala not to be missed.
If all that wasn’t enough there will be trade stands at NYMR stations, steam runs along the Esk Valley line from Whitby and Grosmont to Battersby Station, Scarborough & District Railway Modellers will be displaying a model railway exhibition in the Learning Centre at Pickering Station on Platform 2 and Chris Vine has confirmed that he will be attending conducting book signings.
- ‘Castle’ 4-6-0 No. 5029 Nunney Castle
- Hawksworth Pannier No. 1501
- 28xx 2-8-0 No. 2807 (Heavy freight)
- Class A4 Pacific No. 60007
- Standard Class 4 4-6-0 No. 75029 ‘Green Knight’
- Thompson B1 4-6-0 No. 61264
- LMS Class 5 No. 44806
- Stanier Black Five Class 5MT 4-6-0 45428 ‘Eric Treacy’
- 63395 LNER 2238 3395, Ex NER/LNER/BR Class Q6 0-8-0 freight engine
- BR Standard Class 4 No. 76079
- LH&JC 0-6-2T No. 29
We are very pleased to welcome back Scarborough & District Railway Modellers with Model Railway Layout displays in the Learning Centre at Pickering Station on both the Saturday & Sunday.
LNERCA will be on Platform 1 with a stall selling merchandise to raise funds towards the restoration of Teak coaches. Our Grosmont Shed Shop will be having a stall on Platform 2 selling a selection of model railwayana and M & J Tongue Nurseries will have their plant stall on Platform 1.
Childrens book author Chris Vine will be signing copies of his popular books “Peter’s Railway” at Pickering Station.
Real Ale Bars
Levisham Station will be serving a selection of Real Ales from York Brewery and Darwin Brewery (Sunderland) between 11am and 6pm on Saturday & Sunday. The bar will be in the General Room on the northbound (Whitby) platform.
Goathland Station will be serving local favourites, Cropton Pale Ale and Cropton Tunnel Vision between 11am and 5.30pm on Saturday & Sunday. The bar will be in the Tea Room next to the footbridge.