Full steam ahead for 2019 celebration of legendary locomotives Back by popular demand and bigger and better than ever, North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) Annual Steam Gala returns this autumn with over 15 legendary locomotives, plus more railway themed activities than ever before. The much-anticipated event runs from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 September 2019. During the four-day celebration of steam visitors can view NYMR’s guest engines including: 6990 Witherslack Hall, GWR 6000 Class 6023 King Edward II – from Didcot Railway Centre, and the much-loved Union of South Africa. Visitors can marvel at heritage engines and enjoy a host of exciting events along the 18 miles of breathtaking countryside from Grosmont to Whitby, taking in the world-famous North York Moors National Park along the way. Levisham and Goathland Stations will host the Annual Steam Gala Beer Festival and families can enjoy Peter’s Railway - Young Engineer’s Centre at Pickering, an interactive exhibition for children which brings to life engineering and science through storytelling. For the first time in the Annual Steam Gala’s history North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) will be taking over the event on Thursday 26 September, with a celebration of its locomotives, drivers and cleaners, highlights include: K1 Locomotive 62005, Lambton Colliery No. 29 and LNER Q6 No. 63395 – one of the few remaining Q6 workhorses to survive right up to the end of steam on British Railways. Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: “NELPG was formed in 1966 to preserve examples of the last two remaining classes of North Eastern Railway (NER) freight locomotives which were then still operating in the North East of England before they were finally withdrawn by BR in September 1967. This was successfully achieved and the locomotives were restored by the charity's volunteers before they went to the NYMR where they continue to operate". “Like NYMR, NELPG is a registered charity and both organisations charitable aims are to preserve the golden age of steam for all to enjoy. This is a great extension to the Annual Steam Gala and showcases the stunning engines that have been carefully restored and cared for by the group. This is an event not to be missed.” NELPG Steam Gala Tickets for Thursday 26th September start from just £12.50 for a child and £25.00 for adults. A 2+2 family can take advantage of a bargain busting £52.00 ticket. For information about NYMR’s Annual Steam Gala and ticket details from Friday 27th September to Sunday 29th September see www.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 – PR Account Manager: [email protected] Notes for editors The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is an award-winning charitable trust that carries 300,000 unique passengers every year. It is Britain’s most popular heritage railway and is one of the best visitor attractions in the North East. www.nymr.co.uk/YMJ The NYMR trust relies heavily on donations and the work of its many volunteers. The 180-year old railway needs to raise £1million by 2022 so its railway bridges and its 50-100-year-old vehicles can remain viable. 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.