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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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ELR 3 Cylinder Weekend - 2008


23-11-2008 - A Novel excuse for a event ! - and any excuse for me to go out with my camera was all that I needed .
2 steam engines running each with 3 cylinders.
The two engines in question -71000 "Duke of Gloucester" & K4 61994 "The Great Marquess"
I was hoping for a few line side pictures but the weather had other ideas and I decided a trip along the line in a warm carriage was the better option.
Still an enjoyable dayout despite the weather

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ELR Autumn Steam Festival & Photoshoot - 2008


Saturday 25th of October 2008 and if you where a duck and liked steam trains - Burrs Country park was the place to be and get wet with the constant rain. Unfortunately I didnt arrive untill mid afternoon and this made the later trains impossible to photograph in the gloom & rain of the late afternoon
Guest Engines where 61994 "The Great Marquess"
Austerity J94
71000 "Duck of Gloucester",
"Jinty" 47324
BR STD 4 2-6-0 76079
L & Y 1300
LMS 4-6-0 Black 5 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier"back from a Cotton Mills Express.

A Night photo shoot then followed at Buckley Wells Engine shed again in constant rain but this was still very enjoyable.

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K&WV Railway Autumn Steam Gala - 2008


11/10/2008 - Saturday, and the rain from early morning had gone when I arrived around lunchtime and it turned into a nice afternoon.
Guest engine from the Churnet Valley Railway was S160 class - 5197 and the usual suspects made up for the rest of the gala. L&Y 957, No85 Taff Valley Tank, 2MT Ivatt 41241, WD 90733, 0-6-0 tank - Nunlow & Std Tank 80002 (which unfortunatley eluded me today in my short visit)
Upto its usual high standard!

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Llangollen Autumn Steam Gala - 2008


10-10-2008 - Friday and the first day of a three day Autumn gala and with pleasent weather as well!
5 engines in steam today with more in steam over the weekend. Today saw 4f 44422 running the goods train all day whilst GWR tank 5643 & Great Eastern N7 tank took the sub sets. Metropolitan Railway Class E tank engine No1 ran a shuttle between Carrog / Glyndyfrdwy and Pannier tank 6430 ran a full line Autotrain.
Great day out including the usual guards van ride for me

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Middleton Railway 250th Aniversary Gala - 2008


21/09/2008 - Sunday, and another glorious day following on from yesterdays visit to Embsay and this time at the Middleton Railway celebrating 250 years in opertion as a railway.
3 engines in steam (Sir Berkley, Brookes No.1, & Matthew Murray) and nearly every diesal engine in the museum that could run must have been used in todays event.
A frequent service upto Park Halt and guardsvan / train rides down the rarely used Balm Road section added to the interest.
Plus a great photoshoot with a steam roller, steam wagon & Sir Berkley. Great value too and a great day out !!!

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Harvest of Steam - 2008


20/09/2008 - A glorious sunny saturday for this years Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Harvest of Steam Weekend 2008
Guest engine LNER D49 No246 "Morayshire" looked great running on the line and was accompanied by two 0-6-0 saddle tanks, Monckton No1 and Darfield No1 + Class 31 D5600 deputising for a failed NCB140 running both an extensive timetable and a freight train
Great improvment on last years event

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First Trip to the Bluebell Railway


17/09/2008 - Heading south for a family wedding in "Rain Bashed" Worthing on the Friday, I managed to escape shopping in Brighton on Saturday and headed swiftly with my father to the Bluebell Railway for a first time visit.
In the short time allowed, we managed a full line trip and a look around the engine sheds at Sheffield Park plus a stopover at Horsted Keynes on the way back for a look around the station before getting the next train back to Sheffield Park.
Engines running - "U" Class 1638 & SECR "O" Class No.65
Highly recommended and hope to visit again in much better weather

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"Scots Guardsman" on the Settle - Carlisle Venturer - 2008


16/08/2008 - A cloudy Saturday and its the "Settle - Carlisle Venturer" from York to Carlisle and 46115 "Scots Guardsman" is in charge from Hellifield to Carlisle and back.
Arriving early at Hellifield, I took a few pictures of the engine and support coaches, leaving before the train arrived to travel up the line to Ribblehead for more photographs.

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Half a day on the Great Central Railway - 2008


10/08/08 - Family commitments meant a weekend in Leicester and spoiled my plans to chase IT57 around the northern rails.
Being let out to play for a Sunday morning I headed for the Great Central Railway to see what was happening. A run down the line and back from Rothley and a look at Kinchley lane was all I had time for before heading back to Leicester.
Engines in steam - 63601 & 850 "Lord Nelson" + DMU unit & Class 25 diesel D5185
Quiet day I thought but enjoyable day out - as per usual !

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Carnforth (WCRC) Open Day - 2008


27/07/2008 - Sunday and a visit to Carnforth to the West Coast Railway Centre openday.
I relished this visit to see the freshly painted and finished 46115 "Scots Guardsman" & 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" - and magnificent they were !! Plus other steam engines 30777 "Sir Lamiel", 5690 "Leander" & 5972 "Olton Hall" in "Hogwarts Castle" guise.
Diesels galour to been seen and "Barry" scrapyard sights of Class 37`s and class 47`s diesels waiting to be refubished or scraped for spares .
10/10 for the restoration of "Scots Guardsman" Interesting Visit !

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Foxfield Summer Steam Gala - 2008


19/07/2008 - Saturday and a changeable windy sort of day with showers and sunshine for my first ever visit to the Foxfield Light Railway.
6 Industrial steam engines in steam on this steeply inclined collery line through the Staffordshire countryside.
Engines in steam :- 0-6-0`s "Bellerophon," " Florence No2,""Meaford No2""Wimblebury" with Guest engine "Portbury""& 0-4-0 Beyer Peacock ST.
All the engines worked a passenger service from Caverswall Rd to Dilhorne Park and a coal empties train to the Foxfield Collery and back to Dilhorne Park up the steeply graded 1 in 19 climb.
Excellent day out and with the friendliest staff I`ve visited yet!!

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Test Run of 46115 Scots Guardsman


11/07/2008 - An appalling day weatherwise with constant heavy rain for a test run for 46115 "Scots Guardsman" from Carnforth to Settle and then onto Hellifield for a watering stop. From Hellifield it continued onward for Blackburn, Preston and then up the WCML back to Carnforth.
Lovely sight - Great to see it painted and finished at Carnforth open day!

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ELR July Diesel Extravaganza - 2008


Slightly off topic for me - A Diesel event on the ELR.
TUESDAY 01/07/08 on holiday and nothing better to do than watch the diesel event sitting on a deck chair at Burrs Country park in the sunshine.
Diesels running , Class 40-40145 "East Lancashire Railway," Class 37-37906, Class 47-47402 "Gateshead", Class 45-45041 "Royal Tank Regiment" & Class 50 - 50015"Valient"
FRIDAY 04/07/08 - Back for more pictures on a sunny day.
Diesels being used - Class 33 D6525, Class 45 - 45041, Hymek D7076, Class 24 - D5054, Class 47 - 47402
SATURDAY 05/07/08 Running today in very changeable weather. in addition to most of the above, Class 20 20087, Class 31 31108, Class 52 - D1023 "Western Fusilier" & another Class 37 - 37901"Mirrlees Pioneer"

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K&WV Railway 40th Anniversary Steam Gala


27/06/2008 - FRIDAY and the first day of a three day event at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway 40th Anniversary Gala.
Eleven engines lined up for this event with trips on the mainline up to Settle junction and Ribblehead over the weekend behind 30777. Plus incoming steam excursions from Manchester.
K4 61994 "The Great Marquess" had still to arrive and was replaced with Black 5 45212 for its trips on Friday. The other engines used on the line were the usual suspects of ,90733, 41241, 80002, No85.
"Nunlow" & "Sir Berkley" giving guards van rides at Ingrow West. 47279 & 957 were in reserve at Haworth sheds being used later in the gala.
Great day out - just a pity 30777 wasnt used on this day
SATURDAY - After a wasted journey up the S & C to see 30777 which was failed at Skipton, I made a detour home via Haworth sheds which made up for my disapointment earlier - excellent sight seeing most of the engines in the yard

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Lakeside & Haverthwaite Fairburn Weekend 2008


15/06/2008 - Fathers Day so I decided to treat myself to a trip to the Lake District to see the two Fairburn Tanks running together on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. Locations for todays photographs were mainly at Newby Bridge Halt and Lakeside.
This would be the last time they run together here for a while as 42085 goes to the GCR for repairs and TLC.
Nice enjoyable dayout combined with a run around the lakes as well.

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Chasing "Tangmere" on the Tyne Valley Special


31/05/08 - 34067 "Tangmere" on the Settle & Carlisle line was a event I didnt want to miss.
Calling in at Hellifield station to see if it was running , I arrived just as the Class 47`s arrived with the special. My intension was to of drive to Ribblehead Viaduct and then walking to my favorite spot on the hillside at the far end from the viaduct. but too much unexpected caravan traffic on the A65 heading for Appleby put me too far behind schudule to make it their so I stopped just before Selside.
Tangmere appeared going very slowly at Selside with its 13 coach load which enabled me to beat it to the road junction at Ribblehead and take more pictures of it on the way - an unexpected bonus.

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ELR War Weekend - 2008


Sunday 25/05/08 and after last years event, a return trip to this 3 day event was a must. Lots more cameos and military vehicles to be seen and performances and shows at the various station made this visit unmissable.
ELR Engine running was 9F 92214 with guest engines USA S160 - No5197 from the Churnet Valley Railway & 0-6-0 Peckett No.2000 from Barrow Hill.

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Ribble Steam Railway - 2nd Annual Steam Gala - 2008


17/05/2008 - A cloudy Saturday at the Ribble Steam Railway second annual Steam Gala.
An interesting display of three industrial engines in steam which include 0-4-0 Tank "John Howe", 0-4-0 Saddle Tank "Agecroft No.2" and 0-4-0 Sentinal 8024 "Gasbag" which made for an interesting addition to the normal traction running.
Enjoyable dayout, a look around their museum (see earlier collections) and something unusual to see running.

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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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