Scottish Branch Line Gala
6 – 8 & 13 – 15 May 2016
From the 6th – 8th May and 13th – 15th May, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway celebrates the motive power and stunning scenery of Scottish branch lines. Rail enthusiasts and families alike are sure to enjoy two great weekends of locomotive action during its Scottish Branch Line Gala.
The event will see a number of visiting locomotives on the iconic NYMR line, including BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4 Tank steam locomotive 80072, masquerading as 80126 and Class 26 diesel locomotive 26038. Home fleet steam locomotive, 76079, will also be dressed in the full spirit of the Scottish branch line gala, being re-numbered as 76001. NELPG’s Q6, 63395 locomotive will also be available for traffic.
Popular Black 5 steam locomotive, 45428 ‘Eric Treacy’, is also due a subtle facelift before the two special weekends. And diesel locomotive BR Class 37 37264 will be showing her prowess alongside BR Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit 101685 ‘Daisy’, which is scheduled to have a tail load.
The East Coast Main line will be represented with 55022 as 55007 Deltic, visiting the NYMR and hauling a service along the Esk Valley line to Battersby.
To supplement the train services, the Motive Power Depot at Grosmont will feature lifting demonstrations using the 45 Ton steam crane on both Saturdays. Trade stalls and a model railway exhibition will be at Pickering Station and Scottish food & drinks will be served along the line.
The Fight for Vera Fundraising Team will be running the Buffet Bar, serving Veras Rail Ale (brewed especially for engine 3672 Dame Vera Lynn) and light refreshments on the following services:
- Friday Pickering departures: 1053, 1420 & 1931 – Grosmont departures: 1229, 1702 & 2102.
- Saturday Pickering departures: 0900, 1209 & 1531 – Grosmont departures: 1035, 1357 & 1715.
- Sunday Pickering departures: 0957 & 1312 – Grosmont departures 1143 & 1600.
The fundraising team will also be selling limited edition 3672 Dame Vera Lynn merchandise, including locomotive prints and the popular clothing range, to raise money for the locomotives’ overhaul.
During the event visitors can explore iconic railway stations including Pickering, Goathland, Levisham and Grosmont Station, all of which serve tasty refreshments and have an on-site gift shop where guests can purchase a souvenir to symbolise their fantastic day out.
Tickets available from all NYMR Booking Offices on the day.
Version 6 of the Scottish Branch Line Gala Timetable. NYMR reserves the right to alter, cancel or suspend services, special events and advertised steam or diesel locomotives. NYMR accept no liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay thereby caused.
We are very pleased to welcome back Scarborough & District Railway Modellers with Model Railway Layout displays in the Learning Centre at Pickering Station for each of the gala days.
Trade Stalls & Displays
The Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust will have a fundraising stand at Pickering Station.
M & J Tongue Nurseries will have a large selection of plants available at Pickering Station.
AirFramed will have a stall at Pickering Station selling framed images, wall clocks and other memorabilia.
If you would like to have a trade stall at the Scottish Branch Line Gala, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
What happened to the Steam Gala?
Unfortunately two of the three scheduled locomotives for the spring steam gala event have become unavailable, the coal tank is still trapped at the KWVR due to the bridge repairs not being completed on time following the winter floods. The decision to postpone was not taken until Monday 4th April and it was still looking hopeful up till then. 4414 has become unavailable following the discovery that the piston valve bores were worn beyond acceptable limits. We have tried to source replacement locomotives, but most railways seem to have their loco fleet fully committed at this time. We will still be running a gala timetable and there will be much to see and do. We have decided not to charge gala prices during the newly created Scottish Branch Line Gala event and people who have already pre-bought tickets are being contacted. We hope you still enjoy a fun packed couple of weekends. – Chris Price, General Manager.