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Personal blog of Steam Galas & Mainline Steam running from around the North of England. Pictures copyright of Author!!

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Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - Gala of Steam 2008


03/05/2008 - A lovely Saturday and a hazy sunny day at the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Gala of Steam narrow 15"guage railway.
Most of their home fleet was in action and guest engines from the R.H.& D.R. ("Typhoon" & "Hurricane") and the Bure Valley Railway ("Wroxham Broad") plus "Sian" made for an very interesting gala with an extended timetable being used.
A ride on the scenic route heading into the english lake district topped the event of me and made it well worth the visit.
One not to be missed next year. Excellent !

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Llangollen "Patriot" Spring Gala - 2008


20/04/2008 - A dull, cold and rainy sunday at the Llangollen "Patroit" spring steam gala. On this occasion, my wife came along also bringing the dog. We managed to do a round trip along the line which we enjoyed immensley before having to return home early.
Engines running were 4F 44422, LMS Mogel 42968 as guest engines. 7822 "Foxcote Manor", GWR tank 5643, Pannier Tank 6430 with the Auto train, LMS Black 5 44806 and GWR goods 3802.
An excellent gala but I was disappointed with the turnout which was a pity because you dont know what you missed! even the wife enjoyed herself and the dog seemed interested as well.

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ELR Steam Weekend - 30/03/2008


Sunday 30/03/08 - I arrived late at Burrs country park after my trip the day before to the NYMR and also forgetting about the clocks going forward.
Four engines in steam. 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" and 4936 "Kinlet Hall" possibly on its last outing on the ELR for a while on the passenger services and Black 5- 45407 & BR STD 4 - 76079 both working a goods train with 18 vehiciles on the spare path, over the full length of the line.
A nice afternoon out after the wet weather the day earlier.

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NYMR - LNER Steam gala - 2008


29/03/08 and its the first Saturday of a two week LNER Festival
featuring for the first time, a line-up of 3 - A4 Pacifics , 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" 60009 "Union of South Africa" 60019 "Bittern" and V2 4771 "Green Arrow." Also running B1 - 61264, K1 - 62005, Q6 63395 and J15 65462. The weather started out with brillient sunshine and by lunchtime it had clouded over and followed by heavy rain an hour later for the rest of the day.
Certainly the best steam festival for me this year and well worth the late drowning

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Churnet Valley Railway Winter Steam Gala - 2008


23/02/2008 - A cloudy saturday and I`ve a limited time for this steam gala due to family celebrations and committments
I arrived early at Cheddleton station and wandered around for a few minutes taking pictures of the static exhibits and locos waiting in the shed lines. I fitted in one round trip to Kingsley & Froghall station and stopped off at Consall on the way back.
5 Engines in steam include LNER 4771"Green Arrow" 80098 BR std Tank, 4F 0-6-0 44422, L&NWR "Super D" 49395 & USA S160 - No5197
A great turnout for the gala which I enjoyed immensely.
Wish I could have stopped longer.

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K&WV Railway Winter Steam Gala - 2008


16/02/2008 - Saturday, and a glorious sunny and frosty start to this years winter steam gala on the K & W V Railway.
Two guest engines this year - LNER K1 62005 and Ivatt Tank - 41312 which pairs up with the K & W V Railways own Ivatt 2MT tank - 41241. The other engines running are from their home fleet - BR Std 4 Tank 80002, WD 8F - 90733, Jinty 47279 & Taff Valley No. 85.
The weather made for some lovely photographic scenes and a large turn out made for a good day out.

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ELR Winter Steam Gala & Photoshoot - 2008


A windy Saturday the 26th January and the East Lancashire Winter Steam Gala is into its 2nd day.
Another grand roll call of engines, big and small, turn out for the event with every seat taken on the trips I travelled on.
Engines running out were 71000 "Duke of Gloucester", 6201 "Princess Elizabeth", 4771 "Green Arrow", 5690 "Leander", BR STD 4 - 76079, 4936 Kinlett Hall and 0-4-0 Peckett No.1370 on station duties busy pleasing the crowds at Bury Bolton Street station
A first for me - Night photography and its at the ELR - Buckley Wells sheds on a very windy friday night.
In steam were the above plus 9f 92214 hidden away in the middle & Black 5 45231 both on static display.
A great experiance for me and a big thankyou to the ELR

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Ribble Steam Railway - Winter Steamings - 2008


05/01/2008 - My first visit of the year and its to the Ribble Valley Railway for its winter steaming in conjunction with the Preston model Railway Exhibition.
The traction for the event was the same as the previous year with 0-4-0ST "Agecroft No2" at one end of the train and 05 shunter D2595 at the other end in pull / push mode.
Plus Traveling to the Model Railway exhibition was by vintage bus from the station and another nice day out to start the year

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2007


17/03/2007 - 6201 passes the footbridge at Woodacre, east of Garstang on the "Lakes Express"
17/03/2007 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" works south down the WCML at Fowler lane, Farington with a support coach.
08/04/2007 - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" rushes towards Preston at Flag Lane, Farington on a leg of "The Great Britain" rail tour
09/06/2007 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth"seen heading across Whalley viaduct from Whalley Nab with a northbound run of the Cumbria Mountain Express"
10/06/2007 - 8F - 48151 on Ribblehead viaduct with a running of "The Dalesman" from Hellifield to Carlisle
28/07/2008 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" climbing Whalley Banks at Langho station with a returning Cumbria Mountain Express.
20/10/2007 - 76079 pilots 45407 ending south past Leyland trucks at Fowler lane along the WCML on the Derbyshire Dalesman from Blackpool.
03/11/2007 - 45407 & 76079 race up Copy Pit with the "Cotton Mills Express"
16/12/2007 - Black 5 - 45407 pilots Br Std 4 76079 with a York Yuletide special from Liverpool to York captured with about to enter Horsefall Tunnel - east of Todmorden

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Barrow Hill LNER Steam Gala - 2007


Sunday 11/11/07 and its my first visit to Barrow Hill and its a LNER themed steam gala. A cold drizzly day was brightened up with the display of engines in steam and also on static display out side the Roundhouse. Engines in steam include 4771 Green Arrow, 2-B1`s - 1306 Mayflower & 61274, K4 61994 “The Great Marquess”, K1- 62005 "Lord of the Isles", J15 - 65462 & peckett 0-6-0 Tank. On static display were A2 60532 Blue Peter, 45593 Kolhapur 506 “Butler Henderson” & 1F Tank 41708.
Good day out !

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ELR Autumn Steam Gala - 2007


Sunday 28/10/07 and its a rainy start when I arrived at Burrs country park to photograph the action and as the forecast had predicated the weather started to improve towards midday and the sun started to shine. By this time though I had decided to catch the train from Ramsbottom to Bury to catch some action there.
Engines running GWR 2-8-0 3802, LNER 4771 Green Arrow, 4936 Kinlet Hall, BR Std 4 76079, Jubilee 5690 Leander & Jinty 47324

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K&WV Railway Autumn Steam Gala - 2007


13/10/2007 - A dull and damp Saturday and I`m off to the K&WVR Autumn Steam Gala.
This years guest engine is GWR Goods 2-8-0 No.3802 from the Llangollen Railway. Also in steam for its first gala here is WD 8f - 90733 newly restored and looking great. Also running were the usual engines - 41241, 80002, 47324, L&Y 957 and Taff Valley No.85.
Another good and well organised event.

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Harvest of Steam Weekend 2007


07/10/2007- Cancelled in all but name due to lack of steam engines. Only two engines in steam on Sunday, NCB 140 & N.C.B. Monckton No.1 plus a class 107 DMU running - but operating a very extensive timetable. A vintage car show at Bolton Abbey Station didnt really make up for the lack of engines and no sign either of the sentinal "Ann" which was also mensioned on their website.
Disappointing for a steam gala

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NYMR Autumn Steam Gala -2007


30/09/2007 - Saturday and its day two of the NYMR Autumn gala and an extensive timetable of engines running today that included - 60007"Sir Nigel Gresley," 49395, 53809, 63395, 30926 "Repton," 61994 The Great Marquess," 61264, 45212, 80135, 6619 & 75029 running on the Battersby / Whitby line.
A cloudy start to the day, finally finished in sunshine and a good day out for me .
Well done N Y M Railway

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Middleton Railway Autumn Steam Gala - 2007


23/09/2007 - Another first for me - A visit to the Middleton Railway in Leeds and a Autumn steam gala in progress.
With four engines in steam, they run on a line over half a mile in length with steep inclines up to 1 in 27 through a once industrial area which has been landscaped in recent years. Enjoyable dayout with friendly staff plus a museum to look around and again, well worth the visit.
4 Engines running -all 0-6-0`s - "MSC No67," "Matthew Murray","Sir Berkeley"and "Brookes No.1"

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway


19/09/2007 - Travelling north on my way home from Stafford University I made a slight de-tour and stopped at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway at Wirksworth to see what progress had been made and what was going on. I was made extremely welcome by the station staff who proceeded to tell me all about the railway and its history. I can see this being a very popular attraction in the near future when the line has been extended more and facilities are in place- Well Impressed with progress made !! and an hour well spent.
UPDATED - 07/01/08 - Called in again on my wayback and fitted in a trip upto Ravenstor Station- Phew what a climb !

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Amerton Railway (2007)


I found this 2 foot gauge railway quite by accident driving back north through the countryside from Stafford University on the A518 Stafford - Uttoxeter road and it is situated at the very popular Amerton Craft shop and Working Farm.
The railway has about one mile of track running in a circle and is operated by the Staffordshire Narrow Gauge Railway Ltd
The steam engine running on the day was 0-4-0 "Isabel"
Unfortunately I hadn`t time for a ride but I will be doing the journey quite often over the next year or so - so as Arny said "I`ll be back"

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Llangollen Autumn Steam Gala - 2007


15/09-2007 - Saturday - With seven engines in steam and a busy timetable, it had alot to live up to this year after being my favorite gala of 2006.
I went for the Auto coach train instead of the freight train this time and didnt regret it.
Engines running were newly restored Black 5 44806 - 7822 Foxcote Manor- 2 GWR Tanks 5643 & 5199, GWR goods 3802, BR STD Tank 80136 & Pannier Tank 6430 on the Auto train. Well - I rate this Gala in 2nd place so far this year after "Steel Steam and Stars" - A Double for Llangollen- Excellent

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ELR - LMS Weekend - 2007


09/09/2007 - Sunday and its turned cloudy by the time I arrived at Burrs country park to what turned out to be a very low key event. This was due to locomotives on mainline runnings and mechanical breakdowns in the previous weeks .
The only LMS engines running were Jubillee class 5690 - Leander and Jinty 47324 backed up with BR STD class 4 76079 which did run on LMS metals.

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Midland railway Center- Gala Weekend -2007


Sunday 26/08/07 and another pleasent day. Arriving at Butterley about lunchtime, I caught the first train on the round trip arriving finally at Swanwick Junction were all the Engine sheds and locos are stored. Three Engines in steam - SD 2-8-0 53809, Std class 5 73129 & Jinty 47327 in part TtT disguise. Enough diesals and shunters on display also to fill a notebook!
Pictures also of the Golden Valley Light Railway including cavalcade- Excelent day out !!

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