All aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Annual Steam Gala North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will host its Annual Steam Gala from Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September, with a combination of guest locomotives and home fleet engines in steam over the weekend. Experience this year's Steam Gala which will be unlike any other as the railway celebrates 100 years of the railway's Q6 locomotives along with the 100th anniversary of the RAF. Don't miss out on the celebration! The NYMR's own Q6 locomotive is 100 years old and additionally preserved locomotives of the same age will join the railway for the celebration. The railway has invited 2857 from the Severn Valley Railway and Locomotive number 6 Douglas from the Talyllyn (which is also an ex RAF engine and painted in RAF plant blue to mark the centenary) which will travel on a flat wagon as part of the railway's demonstration goods train. Bulleid SR 4-6-2 'Battle of Britain' Class Pacific design, 34081 92 SQUADRON will also join the NYMR from Nene Valley Railway. Owned by The Battle of Britain Locomotive Society the class pacific locomotive was named after the famous Spitfire squadron based at Biggin Hill during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Entering service from Brighton works in September 1948, her all-too-brief mainline career ended when she was withdrawn from Eastleigh shed in August 1964 and subsequently sold to Dai Woodhams scrap yard at Barry Island in South Wales. The Q6 will be operating alongside its NELPG (North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group) sister the J27 which will return to service in early 2018. Alongside the NYMR's home fleet will also be the Essex Locomotive Societies S15 number 825 making this one of the railway's biggest galas to date with potentially 12 locomotives on show. During the much loved event popular stations along the line will be hosting exciting events, such as the Autumn Steam Gala Beer Festival which sees Levisham and Goathland offering a wide selection of real ales from local breweries such as Brass Castle, Helmsley Brewing Co, Baytown and many more. Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: “Every year we look forward to our Annual Steam Gala and 2018 is no different. It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our fantastic engine and others around the country. “With lots going on we expect to see passengers of all ages visiting us for a weekend to remember and enjoying the fantastic world of steam!” As an independent charity, NYMR does not receive any core public funding, so relies on membership subscriptions, donations and volunteers to keep it on track. Currently around £1 million is invested each year in care and maintenance, however much more is needed to ensure that the railway can carry on being operational and enjoyed for years to come. To pledge your support in 2018 please visit nymr.co.uk/YMJ. For more information about the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, or to book tickets, please visit nymr.co.uk. ENDS For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555 Louise Iles – PR Account Director: [email protected] Sam Wright – Senior Account Executive: [email protected] Notes for editors Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey aims to raise £2,500,000. Keeping 18 miles of railway with more than thirty bridges through the difficult countryside of the North York Moors in top-notch condition is a continuing challenge. The 180-year old railway already invests around £1 million annually but there’s only so much the fare box can generate and much more is needed for the railway bridges and its 50-100 year old vehicles to remain viable. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a not for profit charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering. The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway it owns from Pickering to Grosmont. The heritage railway operates over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby. The charity provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public. The NYMR is an Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages. The railway is a fully accredited museum.