North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will host its Annual Steam Gala from Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September, with a combination of guest locomotives and home fleet engines in steam over the weekend.
This year's gala is set to be a special one as the railway celebrates 100 years of the their Q6 locomotives along with the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
The NYMR's own Q6 locomotive is 100 years old and additionally preserved locomotives of the same age will join the railway for the celebration. The railway has invited 2857 from the Severn Valley Railway and Locomotive number 6 Douglas from the Talyllyn (which is also an ex RAF engine and painted in RAF plant blue to mark the centenary) which will travel on a flat wagon as part of the railway's demonstration goods train. At Grosmont Station there will be an RAF Bomber Command Briefing held in the marquee.
Bulleid SR 4-6-2 'Battle of Britain' Class Pacific design, 34081 92 SQUADRON will also join the NYMR from Nene Valley Railway. Owned by The Battle of Britain Locomotive Society the class pacific locomotive was named after the famous Spitfire squadron based at Biggin Hill during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Entering service from Brighton works in September 1948, her all-too-brief mainline career ended when she was withdrawn from Eastleigh shed in August 1964 and subsequently sold to Dai Woodhams scrap yard at Barry Island in South Wales.
The Q6 will be operating alongside its NELPG (North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group) sister the J27 which returned to service in early 2018. Alongside the NYMR's home fleet will also be the Essex Locomotive Societies S15 number 825 making this one of the railway's biggest galas to date with potentially 12 locomotives on show.
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