The North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s annual Steam Gala will be unlike any that have gone before it. Join us this year for a spectacular celebration of the 100th anniversary of the RAF and 100 years of the railway’s Q6 locomotives.
The Gala will take place from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September.
All board! What trains can you expect to see?
There will be some very special trains hitting the tracks for this year’s Steam Gala. If all goes to plan, there will be 12 locomotives on show. You can take a look at the full list here.
The North York Moors Railway’s own Q6 locomotive is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and yet will still be running during the celebration. It will run alongside its sister train, the J27, which returned to service earlier this year.
The railway has invited lots of other locomotives to join them for the event. With the J27 and the NYMR’s Q6 locomotive, the Essex Locomotive Society’s S15 number 825 will be transporting visitors up and down the line over the weekend.
The 2857 from the Severn Valley Railway and Locomotive number 6 Douglas from the Talyllyn will also form part of the demonstration of goods trains throughout the weekend. Douglas is an ex-RAF engine that’s been painted RAF plant blue to mark the centenary.
You’ll also get a chance to look at the Bulleid SR 4-6-2 ‘Battle of Britain’ Class Pacific design from the Nene Valley Railway. Named after a famous Spitfire squadron based at Biggin Hill during the Battle of Britain in 1940 and sold for scrap in 1964, the locomotive is now owned and cared for by the Battle of Britain Locomotive Society.
More than trains at the Steam Gala
While the trains may be the stars of the show this weekend, stations all along the line are hosting events of their own. Levisham and Goathland are hosting the Steam Gala Beer Festival and will have a great range of local real ales for you to sample.
Grosmont station is hosting an RAF Bomber Command Briefing and the Dame Vera Lynn team will also be there to chat about their work.
On Friday, you’ll also be able to see the steam crane in operation at the Grosmont Engine Sheds between 9am and 3:30pm.
You’ve got lots of different ticket options for the whole weekend. Choose where you want to travel between, either Pickering and Grosmont, or Whitby and Pickering, and select your ticket. Are you coming for the day, two days, or the full three days?