Nene Valley Railway announce Pannier tank steam locomotive gala

Pannier 4612 to attend Nene Valley Railway Pannier Gala
Credit: WSR

The Nene Valley Railway has announced that they will be holding a very special Pannier tank gala in March.

The last Pannier tank locomotive left Swindon Works 70 years ago, so the Nene Valley Railway will be celebrating this with a special gala over the 7th and 8th March 2020.

GWR Pannier No 6779 was the last Pannier to be built and leave Swindon works; subsequently, these were replaced by Class 14 diesel locomotives, also built at Swindon Works.

Thanks to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, you will be able to ride behind Pannier tank No. 4612 at the gala. A second Pannier locomotive will be announced in due course.

Class 14 D9529 and Battle of Britain No. 34081 92 Squadron at Wansford
Class 14 D9529 and Battle of Britain No. 34081 92 Squadron at Wansford // Credit:

One of these Panniers will be renumbered to No. 6779 with full renumbering and shed plate.

The two Panniers will join Class 14s No. 9520 and 9529 at the gala and will haul a special quadruple-header.

If you are visiting, then you can click here for the timetable.

Here are the fares for this gala:

Adult Rover
Adult (15-65)
Senior Rover
Senior (65+)
Child Rover
Child (3-15)
Family Rover£45.00
Carer (with a full paying passenger)


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A few months ago we reviewed an excellent book from Pen & Sword, all about the Pannier tank classes, you can read that review here.

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