We are pleased to confirmed the long-awaited return of our Diesel Gala from 14-16 June 2024.

Our first confirmed Diesel Gala guest locomotive is Deltic No. 55009 ‘Alycidon’, courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society (DPS). During this visit, No. 55009 is painted and numbered in the guise of long-scrapped Deltic No. 55013 ‘The Black Watch’. (Main Image: Alex Stojanovic).

No. 55013 (Image: Tony Swallow)

The locomotive was originally introduced to traffic in 1961 and named ‘Alycidon’, maintaining the 'racehorse' tradition of the LNER by commemorating the winner of the 1949 Ascot Gold Cup. The locomotive ended BR service in 1982, and after being purchased by the DPS, underwent a major overhaul, visiting the NYMR for the first time in the very same year.

The NYMR will also be welcoming No. 45108 courtesy of the East Lancashire Railway and D9537 courtesy of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway as guest locomotives.  No. 45108 was built in 1961 and is a brilliant example of the Class 45 diesel engines in bright British Railways Blue livery. D9537 ‘Eric’ was built in 1965 at the British Railway’s Swindon Works.

No. 45108 (Image: Ben Taylor) & D9537 (Image: James Hartley)

The Diesel Gala in summer will feature a jam-packed timetable including evening running, featuring three guest locomotives. Many services will also be offering a selection of beers and ciders served from the on-board buffet bars.
As well as visiting locomotives, the NYMR home fleet of diesel workhorses will be on the timetable of services, including No. 37264 and D7628 ‘Sybilla’.

There will also be a selection of traders including Rail Riders, Transport Past Times, Yorkshire Wolds Railway and DPP Model Railways.

Paul Middleton, Director of Mechanical Engineering, said, We’ve got some great locomotives lined up for this event, and alongside our home fleet we’ve got more visiting locos for you to ride behind including The Black Watch which we’re really excited to welcome. It’s something a little bit different, and we can’t wait to bring back our popular Diesel Gala for another year.

Day Tickets for the railway are £49.50 for adults, with a 12 month Annual Pass of free return visits included; kids (aged 0-15) also go free. If you already have a valid Annual Pass, entry to the event is included.

For more information and to book tickets, visit https://www.nymr.co.uk/diesel-gala