Spring Steam Gala
17 – 19 & 24 – 26 April
We regret to announce that due to factors beyond our control No 4936 ‘Kinlet Hall’ and Pannier Tank No 5786 are now unable to appear at the Gala. As you may be aware West Coast Railways, the principal operator of steam traction on the main line network, are currently unable to operate, while Network Rail have also just identified a loading gauge problem on the Esk Valley line for ‘Hall’ class of locomotives. In the case of the ‘Pannier’ the locomotive’s host railway is not now able to release it. Meanwhile over the past weekend an unexpected problem has been discovered on B1 No 61264 while major repairs to Q6 No 63395 are taking longer than expected. As a consequence, with the line-up of locomotives significantly less than advertised, normal rather than Gala fares will now apply over both weekends (*).
While the non-appearance of the above locomotives is obviously disappointing we still expect to steam 8 others over the 6 gala days, which will include Esk Valley running to Battersby, demonstration goods trains, a model railway exhibition, and the ‘Last Train to York’ photographic exhibition.
(* anyone who has paid the Gala fare price when buying in advance will receive a voucher to spend on the railway by calling in at Pickering Customer Services office.)
The anticipated line is:
LNER K1 2-6-0 No 62005
LNER K4 No 2-6-0 No 61994 ‘The Great Marquess’
LMS Black 5 4-6-0 No 45407 ‘The Lancashire Fusilier’
LMS Black 5 4-6-0 No 44871
LNER A4 Class 4-6-2 No 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’
LMS Black 5 4-6-0 No 45428 ‘Eric Treacy’
Standard Class 4 2-6-0 No 76079
Standard Class 4 4-6-0 No 75029 ‘The Green Knight’
Updated 23/04/15 16.35
Full timetable (no locos): Spring Steam Gala 2015 Web v3
Friday 17th timetable (with locos): Spring Steam Gala 2015 Fri 17 Web v2
Saturday 18th timetable (with locos): Spring Steam Gala 2015 Sat 18 Web v2
Sunday 19th timetable (with locos): Spring Steam Gala 2015 Sun 19 Web v2
Friday 24th timetable (with locos): Spring Steam Gala 2015 Fri 24 Web v3
Saturday 25th timetable (with locos): Spring Steam Gala 2015 Sat 25 Web v3
Sunday 26th timetable (with locos): Spring Steam Gala 2015 Sun 26 Web v3
We are very pleased to welcome back Scarborough & District Railway Modellers with Model Railway Layout displays in the Learning Centre at Pickering Station on Saturday & Sunday of the first weekend and Friday, Saturday & Sunday of the second weekend.
In addition the Fight for Vera fund are again running a Pie and Pea special and rail ale service on Friday 24th April, the first rail ale train departs Pickering at 10.53. Then Grosmont at 12.29, Pickering at 14.20, Grosmont 15.56, Pickering 17.36, Grosmont 19.45 terminating at Pickering at 21.00. Pies and peas will be served on board the 15.56 from Grosmont, 17.36 from Pickering and 19.45 from Gromsont. Pre-booking is not required. There will also be wine, soft drinks and some confectionery available. A limited number of vegetarian pasties will also be available on a first come first served basis.
Saturday 25th April they will be running a breakfast bap service, departing Pickering at 9.00am, there will be a choice of bacon or sausage baps. The team will also be on board serving the real ales on the 10.35 from Grosmont, the 12.09 from Pickering and the 13.57 from Grosmont. There will also be wine, soft drinks and some confectionery available.
Trade Stalls & Displays
The P2 Steam Locomotive Company will have an exhibition stand at Pickering Station on the 18 & 19 April.
The LNER Coach Association will have a display and goods stall at Pickering Station over both weekends.
Air Framed with have a trade stall on both weekends at Pickering Station.
LMS Patriot Company Ltd. will have a stand at Pickering Station 24 – 26 April.
A plant stall from Peak Gardens will also be at Pickering Station.
RailTrail Tours Ltd. will have a stand at Pickering Station 17 – 19 April.
Author Christopher Vine writes the popular children’s books about Peter, his Grandpa and the miniature steam railway they build and operate down on the farm.
Chris will be putting in an appearance on 24th, 25th and 26th April to meet budding engineers and sign copies of his books at Pickering Station. He will also showcase his miniature steam engine ‘Bongo’ (the model for engine ‘Fiery Fox’ in the Peter’s Railway series) during the three days.
Keith Widdowson will be signing copies of his book “Riding Yorkshire’s Final Steam Trains” 24 April between 1-4pm.
Gallery from 2015 event
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