4oth Anniversary Autumn Steam Gala
27-29th September 2013
Autumn sees the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) carry on its 40th Anniversary celebrations with not one, but two weekends of intense steam traction to look forward to.
The NYMR will be holding its annual Autumn Steam Gala (27-29 September) with a great selection of locomotives including visiting Class S160 ‘USA’ 2-8-0 No 6046 and the first appearance back in traffic after overhaul of 9F Class 2-10-0 No 92214.
The home based fleet will be headed up by the 112mph record holding streamlined Pacific ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ 60007, the fastest steam locomotive since World War 11 while at the other end of the scale the 1904 built Lambton, Hetton & South Joicey Colliery 0-6-2t No 29 reflects the 40th anniversary year of the loco’s participation on the opening of NYMR in 1973.
No 6046, will also be making an appearance at the event. “6046 is privately owned by Grieg Wilson who has recently restored the loco to working order. It is an example of the so-called Liberty Engines built at the behest of the US Department of Defence, for use in the UK and Europe during and immediately after the Second World War.
Approximately 800 came to the UK in the build-up to D-Day, many working on the LNER before moving to Europe after ‘D Day’. While No 6046 never actually came to the UK, being shipped direct from the US to a then recently liberated France, it is typical of the class. Ironically the tender chassis now attached to 6046 did come to the UK and ended up working on the Great Western Railway. 6046 worked all over France, into Italy and eventually was absorbed into MAV (Hungarian Railway) Stock with the number 411.144.
The Autumn Steam Gala will feature the Great Western Saloon coupled up to LHSJC 0-6-2t No 29 (at a special supplement). Demonstration freight trains will run on various days, and it is hoped to include runs along the Esk Valley Line to Battersby. There will be a chance to travel in style through the heart of the North York Moors including historic pre-war teak carriages, or passengers can upgrade to First Class Travel in recently refurbished compartment seats.
Scarborough & District Railway Modellers will be displaying a model railway exhibition featuring OO, O & N Gauge layouts in the Learning Centre on Platform 2 throughout the weekend.
Autumn Steam Gala locomotive line up:
- Class A4 Pacific No 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’
- Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92214 ‘Cock of the North’
- LHSJC 0-6-2t No 29
- LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 No 45428 ‘Eric Treacy’
- Standard Class 4 4-6-0 No 75029 ‘The Green Knight’
- Class S160 ‘USA’ 2-8-0 No 6046
Adult day rover tickets start from £23. Book your Autumn Steam Gala tickets online now
Children’s book author Christopher Vine will also be attending our 3 day Autumn Steam Gala this year, to sell and sign copies of his popular series of Peter’s Railway books. Peter’s Railway is an intriguing story about Peter and his Grandpa building and operating a miniature steam railway on a farm. Written by Chris this wonderful journey of fun, facts and adventure takes you through the stories of railways old and new.
Chris will be signing books outside the Shop on Platform 1 at Pickering Station throughout the day.
*Every effort is made to run the timetable and to use the advertised locomotives. The NYMR reserves the right, however, to alter, cancel or suspend services and the NYMR accept no liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay thereby caused. Entry to railway land other than public areas at stations or at the shed is strictly forbidden to non-permit holders