A heritage railway has announced the visiting locomotives which will be delighting visitors at its popular Annual Steam Gala this autumn.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is hosting its gala from September 22 to 25 and enthusiasts will be able to see some iconic locos across the four-day celebration.

The BR Standard 5 No. 73156, which will be visiting courtesy of the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, is only one of five surviving Standard Class 5 locomotives from the 172 originally built by British Railways Workshops between 1951 and 1956.

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It returned to service for the first time since withdrawal from British Railways in October 2017.

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Also joining is No. 85 Taff Vale Railway Class 02, courtesy of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in Howarth, which was one of the locomotives that worked at the Lambton, Hetton and Joicey Colliery.

During the gala the locomotive will team up with the NYMR’s No. 29, ‘Peggy’, which also worked at the colliery.

No. 73156 and No. 85 join LNER A4 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ No. 60007, which will also feature in the event in its temporary semi-matt black livery.

Visitors will be able to view these iconic guest engines alongside the NYMR’s home fleet, charting over 100-years of locomotive history

A host of other events and activities will run across the gala including the annual Steam Gala Beer Festival at Goathland and Levisham stations.

This will showcase a selection of real ales and ciders from local breweries including Breworks at Pickering, Whitby Brewery, Helmsley Brewery and Yorkshire Heart.

The Northern Echo: BR Standard 5 73156 Picture: Andrew JefferyBR Standard 5 73156 Picture: Andrew Jeffery

Meanwhile, Pickering Station will host an array of trade stalls featuring railway memorabilia and model railways and at Levisham Station there’ll be a demonstration shunting trains including Piglet’s Steam tram Lucie.

There will also be a working display of vintage stationary engines, and the Levisham Station Tea Hut will be open for refreshments.

At Grosmont Station, visitors will be able to visit the engine shed and see some of the restoration projects currently taking place. 

The Northern Echo: Sir Nigel Gresley 60007 in black Picture: Andrew JefferySir Nigel Gresley 60007 in black Picture: Andrew Jeffery

An intensive timetable will run across the gala, with services starting at 9am everyday until 7pm with special late extended services also available.

Discounted four-day Steam Gala tickets are available for £126, with two-day and three-day options also available. 

For further information of the locomotives taking part in the Annual Steam Gala and to purchase tickets visit, nymr.co.uk/steam-gala

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