Those with a passion for steam locomotives should head over to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it holds its annual Autumn Steam Gala event from Friday September 30th until Sunday 2nd of October. With eight different locomotives in steam over the weekend, there will be plenty to see; our own home fleet for the weekend consists of two “Black Five” class locomotives, 45428 Eric Treacy and 44806 alongside “Standard 4” class 76079 and “B1” class 61264. 44806 and 61264 have recently returned to running at the NYMR after long overhauls and repairs.
80136 will also be joining the fleet after recently returning back to traffic in August, with one of the railways quickest turnarounds with the boiler being installed and passing her insurance exam just one month later! – a very quick turnaround indeed!
There will also be some special guest visitors to the tracks like locomotive 2807, a heavy freight engine originally built for the Great Western Railway and meticulously restored after being saved from the famous Woodham Brothers scrapyard in 1981. She is joined by the “Standard 4” class 76084 – sister to our own – which was bought for £7,500 in 1982 and resided in a private back yard before returning to active duty in 2013. Completing the line-up is the Great Western “Manor Class” number 7822 Foxcote Manor, which only returned to the tracks earlier this year after undergoing extensive boiler repairs.
During the weekend, stations along the line will be hosting special events of their own 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 and Whitby brewery.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the most historic lines in the North of England, taking visitors on picturesque journeys along an 18 mile railway line aboard steam and heritage diesel trains.
The railway passes through stunning scenery, from wooded valleys to beautiful countryside, stopping at charming villages and spectacular seaside locations.
Tickets for the Autumn Steam Line Gala are now available via the website, if you book before 2nd September 2016 you can get 10% discount by using discount code 10AUTUMN. For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to nymr.co.uk/timetables-and-fares/fares/