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Autumn Steam Gala Visiting Locomotives

Autumn Steam Gala Visiting Locomotives

We're thrilled to announce our four visiting locomotives for our flagship Autumn Steam Gala!

Running from September 21st - 24th, four visitors will star alongside our home-fleet of engines, for four days of the best steam action around.

No. 926 Repton - Southern Railway 'Schools'

With thanks to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Approaching the end of its overhaul at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the engine is being out-shopped in Southern Railway Olive Green and is the first of four star guests planned for our flagship September event.

Repton has quite the colourful history; rescued from scrapyard condition and restored at Eastleigh, by 1966 the locomotive was donated by its purchaser to Steamtown USA in Vermont, who in turn loaned the engine to the Cape Breton Steam Railway in Canada. Some modifications were made to satisfy US/Canadian running requirements, most notably a high-sided coal tender - though this pattern of tender had been seen on other 'Schools' in BR service.

Having last visited us in 2004 in BR Green, Repton will be steaming along the line from September 21st - 24th, and is sure to be a star attraction - after all, the 'Schools' were deemed the most powerful 4-4-0s to operate in Britain...

No. 564 - Great Eastern Railway 'Y14'

With thanks to M&GN Joint Railway Society & North Norfolk Railway

In striking Great Eastern Railway Blue livery, Y14 No. 564 will be starring at our festival of steam from September 21st - 24th.

The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society's J15 returned to steam in 2015 carrying its earlier guise as a Y14 Class, matching as closely as possible the engine's original condition as built by the Great Eastern Railway in 1912.

At 105 years old, the 0-6-0 will be matched with our gorgeous Teak coaches, as seen behind Flying Scotsman last year.

No. 323 Bluebell - South Eastern & Chatham Railway 'P'

With thanks to Bluebell Railway Plc

The P-class tank locomotives were, in design terms, an updated copy of the LBSCR Terriers, but, with only eight of them built, made rather less of a name for themselves. Their greater water capacity and larger cabs give them a slight advantage over the considerably older Terriers.

Built by the South Eastern & Chatham Railway in 1910, No. 323 will be seen on a variety of goods and passenger services during the event and is sure to be one of the stars of our autumn festival of steam.

No. 2 Prince - Ffestiniog Railway 'Small England'
With thanks to the Ffestiniog Railway

Built for the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway in 1863, Prince was one of four engines constructed for the Railway to move slate from the mines of Blaenau Ffestiniong to the coast at Porthmadog, and is one of the oldest steam locomotives currently in operation in the world. 

Prince was a resident in The Engine House between 2010 and 2012, and returns this year, in steam, to take part in our event. The 154 year old locomotive will be running on all four days, paired with a replica Victorian carriage, giving you the opportunity to have a short ride on one of the Great Little Trains of Wales.

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