The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has had one of its most successful Annual Steam Galas, with record breaking passenger numbers over the three-day event (29th, 30th September & 1st October).
Over 4,000 visitors experienced nine different locomotives in steam, traction engines and annual beer festival along the heritage line.
Chris Price, General Manager at North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said: “It has been a pleasure to see so many visitors traveling along the line; the volunteers have worked exceptionally hard to show the railway at its very best. This year’s steam gala has been a huge success with revenue up 14% on last year’s event. The income will support the charitable trust and enable vital work to take place over the winter months.”
Visiting locomotives included 5199 from Llangollen Railway, along with 1501 and 7714 from the Severn Valley Railway*, brought a western feel to the heritage line. It was also the first time that the railway had two visiting Pannier Tanks travelling double headed through the North York Moors National Park.
Home locomotive, SR No. 926 “Repton”, which recently returned to traffic after a major overhaul, was also one of the big draws to the annual event. Other home fleet engines included “Standard Class 4” 76079, “Standard Class 4 Tank” 80136, “B1 Class” 61264 and “Black Five Class” 44806. Ian Riley's "Black Five Class" locomotive 45212, also made a welcomed last-minute addition to the event.
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