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 43xx 2-6-0 No 5322 ‘Mogul’ and 28xx 2-8-0 No 2807 ‘Heavy freight’ 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.
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 and 5322 paying the first visit of their 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.”
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 60007and 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 just confirmed that he will be attending conducting book signings and with the possibility of bringing his working 7 ¼ gauge LNER B1 loco Bongo.
- ‘Castle’ 4-6-0 No 5029 Nunney Castle
- 43xx 2-6-0 No 5322 (Mogul) worked in France between 1917 – 1919 for the war effort in the Railway Operating Department
- 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 Number 76079
- LH&JC 0-6-2T No. 29
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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.
Childrens book author Chris Vine will be signing books at Pickering Station.