Twelve locomotives will be appearing at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) Annual Steam Gala, including guest locomotive LNER A4 Sir Nigel Gresley.
LNER A4 No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley is fresh from overhaul and will be back in British Rail blue livery, 85 years since it originally entered service in November 1937. A second visiting engine will be announced later this summer.
The gala takes place from 22nd to 25th September. Tickets are now on sale with day tickets from £45 and discounted options for multi-day tickets. An intensive timetable will be in operation, with services running from 9 am until 7 pm and special late services until 10.30 pm on Friday, 23rd, and Saturday, 24th September.
There will be a host of exciting events and activities, including the Annual Steam Gala Beer Festival at Goathland and Levisham stations with a selection of real ales and ciders from local breweries such as Helmsley Brewing Co. and Whitby Brewery.
At Levisham station there will be a demonstration of trains shunting and a vintage stationary engine display, and an array of trade stalls featuring railway memorabilia and model railways at Pickering station. At Grosmont, visitors will be able to visit the engine shed and see some of the restoration projects taking place.
During the gala this year’s limited edition navy Steam Gala t-shirt will be available to purchase online or on the day for £19.50.
Those who wish to make the day special can book a seat on a Pullman Dining Train from Grosmont, with lunch services departing at 12.30 pm on Thursday and Sunday, and evening services on the Friday and Saturday departing at 7.15 pm.
In addition to witnessing steam locos along the 18 miles of wooded valleys and beautiful countryside through the breathtaking North York Moors National Park, there will also be the opportunity to travel by steam along the national network, with steam services to Whitby.
Chris Price, Chief Executive Officer at NYMR, said:
“The Steam Gala is without a doubt one of our favourite events in the calendar, and this year will be no different as we look forward to welcoming two iconic visiting steam engines for our guests to enjoy – especially Sir Nigel Gresley which has recently undergone a 10-year overhaul. Tickets for this much-loved event usually fly out the door, and is a great opportunity to see so many locomotives in steam. So be sure to bag yourself a ticket and we’ll see you all in September!”
For further information on the locomotives taking part in the gala and to purchase tickets visit their website http://nymr.co.uk/steam-gala