NYMR's annual steam gala looks set to be a corker!

Black Five No. 45212
Steam Gala to show off home fleet plus four visiting locomotives
Published Mon, 2017-09-18 12:52

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will host its Annual Steam Gala from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October, with up to nine different locomotives in steam.




Black Five No. 45212 © Creative Commons Licence

The railway's home fleet will include “Standard Class 4”, 76079 and “Standard Class 4 Tank”, 80136. “B1 Class” 61264 and “Black Five Class” locomotive, 44806 will also be running.

The heritage railway will be welcoming some new faces, including 45212, one of Ian Riley's fleet of "Black Fives", 5199 from Llangollen Railway, along with 1501 and 7714 from the Severn Valley Railway, which will bring a Western feel to the event. This will be the first time that the NYMR has had two visiting Pannier Tanks, which will be a great photo opportunity as they travel across the North York Moors, double headed.

SR No. 926 “Repton“ will also be making a return after overhaul. She’s been running in her BR colours and numbering as 30926 but will return to traffic in Southern Railways Olive Green under her old number 926. Repton has an unusual history. Following its withdrawal from Basingstoke in December 1962, after almost 29 years’ front line service, it was subsequently bought privately and restored at Eastleigh by 1966, before being exported to Steamtown in Vermont, USA. From here the loco was loaned to the Cape Breton Steam Railway in Canada where it was modified to meet exacting North American running conditions, including a cow catcher and higher sides to its tender. In 1989, it was sold again and repatriated to the UK, where it was returned to steam, and a more familiar British outline, on the NYMR.

Chris Price, General Manager at North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said "Every year we look forward to our Annual Steam Gala as it just seems to get better and better, and this year looks to be no different. We’re honoured to be welcoming such fantastic locomotives and we hope many of you come along to see us, you won’t be disappointed!"

For more information on this event, please visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway website.

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