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Page Last Updated on 18 June 2018 at 15.30


Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Sunday 24th June until Sunday 1st July 2018

A mixed event will take place this week.

GBRf will be sending a Class 66/7 for the Friday 29th but is not shown to be working on the Saturday with Sunday locomotive allocations still to be announced but should work. A Class 73/1 should also attend to translate the 66/7. A DRS Class 37/4 should also be attending along with 50035 and 55019

Home fleet working should be D32* D2511* D226* 20031 25059 * = one, two or all of the shunters.

Full details about the individual days including fares can be found at Full event details including fares
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pdfSunday 24th - Saturday 31st Roster

pdfSunday 1st July Roster


Great Central Railway, Ruddington

Sunday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018

This gala has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.


Ketton Cement Works

Sunday 1st July 2018

08375 and 08870 are booked out Top and Tail at another BLS Ketton Cement Works ((SK 9849 0539), Ketco Ave, Stamford, PE9 3SX)) track bash.

With huge thanks to the Hanson Cement Ketton Works team (part of Heidelberg Cement). Identical 'all available lines' tours of the branch railway at 09.30, 11.30 and 14.00 each limited to 50 participants in two brake vans and lasting about 90 minutes. These cover the entire railway system, exchange sidings to the NR boundary close to the Oakham to Stamford line and some track that it was not possible to cover on our June 2015 tours: Exchange Sidings 1 & 4, the left loop north of the silo, and the sought after Axiom Rail (now DB Cargo) stub.

The charters will be operated by volunteers from 'Rocks by Rail', Chasewater Railway and Hanson staff.

A mobile food vehicle will sell light refreshments, hot snacks and drinks.

£45 per person; no junior discount. All profits will be shared equally among Hanson's nominated charities. A souvenir ticket and map will be provided.

Unusually, a peripatetic steam miniature railway will be used to transport participants to the specially built platform.

The Society is indebted to our member Gary Pullan for securing the original 2015 tour and this exciting sequel, which is expected to fill rapidly.

Book on line if possible please (or ask someone to do this for you) at the BLS website or by post with email/SAE to Jill Everitt (address on BLS Website).


East Lancs Railway

Friday 6th July until Sunday 8th July 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

Guests have been announced as D5185 33103 40012

Home fleet taking part should be D9531 D9537 D7629 33109 37109 45108 D1501 50015 47765

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Wensleydale Railway

Friday 13th July until Sunday 15th July 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

First guest announced as 33035


Derwent Valley Light Railway

Friday 20th July 2018

Tonight will be the DVLR’s Annual Running Evening.

In use should be D2245 and 03079

In addition Ruston Industrials 'British Sugar 165' and 'Rowntree No3' will be in use.

There will be demonstrations of the Wickhams Trolley and the original DVLR pump trolley.

Food and drink available.

Rover ticket costs £6.


BLS/PLEG Dawsons Bash Railway

Saturday 21st July 2018

Update: Trips 2 and 4 are nearly full, and a few places remain on the other trips.

BLS/PLEG have organised another bash around A. V. Dawsons, Middlesbrough using 08774 and 01567 with the red BLS van 'Molly' as stock.

There will be five trips over the course of the day and each trip will cost £55.

PLEG members pay the same as BLS members and you don't need to enter your membership number just leave the box blank.

If you want to take part in this event please note that places are limited and will probably sell out fast so the earlier you book the better chance you will have of securing a place.

All bookings must be made on the BLS website Please book here and everyone must follow the BLS Terms and Conditions. pdf BLS Terms and Conditions


Strathspey Railway

Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July 2018

A mixed traction event will take place this weekend.

Everything that can run will run and it is hoped to have D2774 and 08490 out on passenger trains.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Friday 27th July until Sunday 30th July 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

First guest has been announced as D832

From the home fleet D6948 should also be in use.

This year’s three day summer festival of heritage diesel traction is a very special one as we will be running along our newly re-opened extension into the magnificently rebuilt Broadway station for the first time. Now providing a total journey from Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway of 14 miles.

At Toddington, you will be able to visit our diesel maintenance shed and see up close 1963-built 47105 and 1960 built 24081 under overhaul and our single car diesel multiple unit built in 1957 W55003 and formerly used on the Honeybourne line currently being refurbished.

All fares can be viewed in this document docGWR Gala Fares
Please note that multi-day tickets are only available for purchase on-line in advance of the event and these together with day tickets can be booked here Book Advance Rovers

Car parking is FREE at both Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse stations (please note that there will be no parking at Broadway or Winchcombe stations). The biggest car park is at Cheltenham Racecourse station where there are stacks of parking spaces.

Free station to station bus link: A free connecting bus will make several trips direct from Cheltenham Spa National Rail station to Cheltenham Racecourse station in the morning and late afternoon. This year available on all 3 days, details can be found here

Find out about reaching the GWR by public transport here

We positively welcome and encourage groups, societies and traders to bring a stand to the event. We can offer both under cover pitches (inside the diesel shed which will be functioning as an exhibition hall) and, at a lower rate, outdoors in the car park which provides a link between the shed and the station. This year we have maintained our charges for sales stands in order to encourage a greater variety of stands on show (prices were reduced last year). A lower 'weekend only' rate is applicable to the Saturday and Sunday. To apply please pdfDownload this application form


Spa Valley Railway

Friday 3rd August until Sunday 5th August 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

Home fleet taking part should be D3489 33063 33201 73140

Industrial Drewry shunter 2591 'Southerham' should also be running along with carts Class 207 DEMU 1317 and Class 421 3CIG 1497 'Freshwater'.

Class 55 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier' will be visiting throughout August 2018 courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society and will be starring in this Gala.

Clayton D8568 and D7612 will also be visiting for the gala.

DEMU 1317 and EMU 1497 will also be out.

An intensive service will be operating throughout the gala with the usual real ale and cider bars being available at various locations.

An intensive train service will apply all three days, the first trains on the Friday, Saturday & Sunday will be connecting with the earlier Southern services arriving at Eridge. We are intending to operate a standard two train hourly service with an intermixed shuttle service operating fast trains between Tunbridge Wells West Platform 2 and Eridge Platform 3.

Fares: Adult Day Rover - £25.00, Child Day Rover - £15.00, Adult 2 Day Rover - £35.00, Child 2 Day Rover - £25.00, Adult 3 Day Rover - £45.00, Child 3 Day Rover - £35.00.

Book online in advance prior to the 2nd August and save 25%, discount is applied at the checkout! We do not offer any discounts at special events other than the one stated above, this includes reciprocal travel arrangements, HRA passes and we do not accept BR Privs. Book Advance Rovers here

As with all our diesel events, an opportunity to drive a diesel locomotive will be on offer, for 2018 it will use one of our shunting or spare mainline locomotives in between trains at Tunbridge Wells West only.

Back by popular demand! These popular Brake Van services will run from Groombridge Station to the end of the Ashurst Spur and return using Class 10 D3489 'Colonel Tomline' subject to completion of engine repairs. These Brake Van rides will be a total distance of about 1/2 mile and are included in the price of a day rover ticket.

The day before the main event takes place will see the two resident Crompton's Class 33/0 33063 'R.J.Mitchell' and Slim-Jim Class 33/2 33201 taking part in a mileage day vice our previously advertised Purple timetable. They will run top and tail all day between Tunbridge Wells West & Eridge with 33063 and 33201 swapping ends as the day goes on, finishing in early evening to allow for continued preparation for the following day's Gala activities. The train will either be the 3CIG combined with DEMU or Set A (5 MK1). Further Details

Alongside the Crompton running day the 'Rare Track Excursion' will be making a welcome return to the calendar, this time visiting a lot of rarely used bits of track in one hit. Taking in areas of Tunbridge Wells West previously not usually accessed such as the East/West 2 siding (as far as something can go) and No.3 road. Both roads of the carriage siding at Groombridge will also be included along with the available space in the Groombridge Engineers Siding, the former Up Line from Birchden Junction. A quick pop along to Eridge will also be fitted in to visit Platform 3 and the stub of track beyond the normal stopping point in Platform 2 before returning to Tunbridge Wells West. The traction for this train will be one of our shunting locomotives and Class 73/1 73140 if required. The stock will be limited to the Queen Mary Brake Van in the first instance. However if demand is there then our Class 101 Trailer Car will be added to the consist. Rare Track Train Details

Friday & Saturday Evening Fish & Chip Trains: At the Spa Valley we have been operating Fish and Chip Supper trains since the early 2000s and they now have an extremely popular reputation amongst the local population and also from afar, at our gala events they are a great way to spend the evening whilst enjoying haulage by heritage diesel traction. On Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th August at our 2018 gala we'll be running one of these popular services on our 19:00 service from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge. What's on offer? Join the train from 18:45 at Tunbridge Wells West and be shown to your seats. At 19:00 the train will set off for Eridge and complete three return journeys with heritage diesel traction. Whilst on your journey you will enjoy a freshly prepared Fish and Chip supper followed by an ice cream dessert. You will return to Tunbridge Wells West for approximately 22:30 (or you can alight before if you wish during earlier arrivals). Book Fish & Chips
Motive power for these trains should be: Friday - D8568Tunbridge Wells end of train, D7612 Eridge end of the train. Saturday - 55019 Tunbridge Wells end of train, D8568 Eridge end of the train.

For catering at stations and other attractions Please click this link


Llangollen Railway

Saturday 4th August and Sunday 5th August 2018

A mixed event will take place this weekend.


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Saturday 11th August and Sunday 12th August 2018

A 'Rails and Ales' event will take place this weekend.

Locomotives booked to work so far are 08605 08704 31206* 33103 73210* *=Subject to repairs completed.


Caledonian Railway

Saturday 18th August and Sunday 19th August 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


South Devon Railway

Friday 24th August until Monday 27th August 2018

A 'Rails and Ales' event will take place this weekend.


East Kent Railway

Saturday 25th August until Monday 27th August 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Home fleet working should be 08676 08799

01543 and/or 01546 should be working.

Brake van rides with Ruston & Hornsby LSSH 427 and Fowler 'Snowdown'.

There is also potential of a visiting locomotive for the event.

VEP coach 3545 will be in service, with the potential of a VOP vehicle from unit 3905.

More to follow.


Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway

Monday 27th August 2018

NS690 [625 EE2122/56] is booked out working passenger trains this Monday.

Fares TBA.

The event will run from 11am - 4pm.

There will be a buffet car on all trains.

Free site access and parking including access to heritage centre and main shed.


Heritage Shunters Trust

Saturday 1st September and Sunday 2nd September 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Hopefully featuring on this gala should see the re-debut and return of Class 14, D9525 and unique Class 06, as D2420 in its new green livery. The first time in over 30 years a Class 06 has been seen in green!

Brakevan rides, single rides, or all day riding tickets are available on each day for both Galas. An eclectic mix of shunters will be used for all of our shuttles on all of this year's above running days.

Come and see beautifully restored D2205, D2139 and 03113 all vying for attention.

Come and also see PWM650 and PWM654 together, the only place in the country where you will ever be able to see this.

Ride behind "Little Gems", Class 01, D2953 and Class 02, D2854, usually paired together on brakevan shuttles.

At the gazebo will be a revamped sales stand where tickets to ride can be purchased and you will be given a complimentary stock sheet.

If you want a relaxed, enjoyable day out, with convivial company, informative guides and members who are passionate about their collection and who are more than willing to share their passion, please visit us on at least one of the 2018 galas. Not only that but another big bonus is that every penny raised from these events goes towards the restoration and conservation of a totally unique collection of locomotives.

The event will start at approximately 10:00 and finish at 16:00.

Day Rovers will cost £16.00 and single ride tickets will cost £6.00. Day Rovers will cost £13.00 if bought online at the HST website. Book Online Rovers


West Somerset Railway

Saturday 1st September and Sunday 2nd September 2018

A mixed event will take place this weekend.


Great Central Railway

Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.


Dean Forest Railway

Friday 14th September until Sunday 16th September 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Home fleet in use should be D3937 D9521 others yet to be confirmed.

D832 will be visiting for the gala.

An action-packed weekend is planned, including the popular ride-on ballast trains and plenty of beer.

Further details awaited.


Epping and Ongar Railway

Saturday 15th September and Sunday 16th September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Bodmin Steam Railway

Friday 21st September and Saturday 22nd September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


East Lancs Railway

Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Friday 28th September until Sunday 30th September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Mid-Norfolk Railway

Friday 28th September until Sunday 30th September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Aln Valley Railway

Friday 28th September until Sunday 30th September 2018

A mixed event will take place this weekend.


Llangollen Railway

Saturday 29th September and Sunday 30th September 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.


Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Sunday 30th September 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 4th October until Saturday 6th October 2018

A Class 50 event will take place this weekend.

Ten Class 50s or more will be involved.


Ribble Steam Railway

Saturday 6th October and Sunday 7th October 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 6th October and Sunday 7th October 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Spa Valley Railway

Friday 19th October until Sunday 21st October 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Great Central Railway, Ruddington

Saturday 27th October and Sunday 28th October 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


South Devon Railway

Friday 2nd November until Sunday 4th November 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.


Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway

Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th December 2018

NS690 [625 EE2122/56] is booked out working passenger trains this weekend.

Fares TBA.

The event will run from 11am - 4pm.

There will be a buffet car on all trains.

Free site access and parking including access to heritage centre and main shed.


Swanage Railway

Friday 28th December 2018

A mixed gala will take place this weekend.


Bo'ness Railway

Saturday 29th December 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 29th December and Sunday 30th December 2018

A 'Winter Warmer' gala will take place this weekend.


Great Central Railway, Ruddington

Saturday 30th December 2018

A mixed event will take place this weekend.