The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has announced that Bulleid Pacific steam locomotive, No. 34081 ’92 Squadron’ will be visiting the line for their Annual Steam Gala 2018.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is celebrating 100 years of the RAF, and with that in mind, have already confirmed No. 6 ‘Douglas’ from the Talyllyn Railway and GWR No. 2857 from the Severn Valley Railway. See the news on that here
An intensive timetable will be in operation for this event, which is building up to be one not to be missed!
More news on this event is certainly going to be released as we approach the gala. Keep an eye on our homepage for the latest!
The Annual Steam Gala is being held from the
A brief history of 34081 ’92 Squadron’
’92 Squadron’ was released to traffic in September 1948, and became the 101st Bulleid Pacific to be completed. The locomotive was initially allocated to Ramsgate shed. The locomotive had a working life around Kent and the surrounding area. 34081 became redundant when the Kent coast electrification was completed and was sent to Barry Scrapyard as a result.
The locomotive was purchased by The Battle of Britain Locomotive Preservation Society in 1973 at a cost of £3,500. The tender was acquired from No. 34028, which later ran in preservation on the Swanage Railway. In 1976, a low loader took 34081 ’92 Squadron’ from Barry Scrapyard to Peterborough where she was on display for a while until being restored to steaming condition. The locomotive returned to steam publicly on the Nene Valley Railway in February 2017. 34081 is painted in BR Malachite & Sunshine Livery (The only operational Light Pacific in the UK to be so)