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Page Last Updated on 19th May 2019 at 20:00


Heritage Shunter Trust at Peak Rail

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019

The Andrew Wilson Memorial Gala

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE H.S.T. HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH THE PLEG MEMBERSHIP LIST – SO TO CLAIM YOUR DISCOUNTED FARE PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE SOME FORM OF ID ON YOU THAT SHOWS YOUR NAME AS YOU WILL BE CHECKED OFF AGAINST THE LIST – THANK YOU AND WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE GALA

A whopping nine locos will be in service: Bigga, D2953, D2854, D2205, D2284, 03113, D2139, D2587 & debuting will be D9525. 08016 will be the standby loco

The HST have very generously offered a 25% discount to all PLEG members (therefore the Day Rover PLEG fare is £12 and the normal ticket price is £16, no single trip tickets will be available). The ticket price includes a special souvenir brochure. You will need to quote your PLEG membership number to receive the discount. The HST are kindly offering this discount because Brillo was a member of the PLEG Policy Group.

Trains are expected to run c.10:00-16:30. There will be a 45 minute lunch break scheduled for circa 13:00 and keenly-priced light refreshments will be available.

PLEG and the HST were Brillo’s passions so we are hoping that as many PLEG members as possible are able to enjoy this gala in his name.

In another very nice gesture it appears that the HST are going to name a Brakevan after Brillo.


West Somerset Railway

Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June 2019

A 40th Anniversary Weekend will take place this weekend.

D7017 will be working from the home fleet and 37248 will be visiting but everything else will be kettles.


Dartmoor Railway

Saturday 8th June and Sunday 9th June 2019

An English Electric Gala Weekend will take place this weekend.

08937, 31285, 31452 and a Thumper should all be working.

More details later.


North Norfolk Railway

Friday 14th June until Sunday 16th June 2019

A mixed traction gala will take place this weekend.

DRS are kindly sending a Cl.37 or Cl.57 and 20227 and 33063 have been added to the line up so far, along with 08767 and 37032 from the home fleet. More to come.

More details later.


Midland Railway Centre

Saturday 15th June until Sunday 16th June 2019

A Summer Diesel Gala will take place this weekend.

66623 added to the line up so far, more to come.

More details later.


Fawley Hill Railway

Sunday 23rd June 2019

03120 will be working on this date. If you wish to attend you need to e-mail invitations@fawleymuseum.co.uk to book your place. You can not just rock up without a booking.


West Somerset Railway

Thursday 20th June until Sunday 23rd June 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday are diesel-only. Sunday is a mixed traction day

25185, 31163, 37248, 2x73/1 from GBRf will be visiting.

D9526, 33048, 33057, D7017, D7018 are also expected to work.

More details later.


East Lancs Railway

Thursday 4th July until Saturday 6th July 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

20087, 20110, 20311, 20314, 33035, 47715 and 56091 are currently expected to feature as guests.

From the home stable expect D9531, D5054, D7629, 33109, 37109, 40106, D832, 45108, D1501, 47765, 50015 and 56006.

The timetable without loco allocations can be found here: doc

Roster to follow...


Kent and East Sussex Railway.

Saturday 13th July 2019

PLEG/BLS The Andrew Wilson (Brillo) Memorial Charter, Sat 13th July.

In conjunction with the BLS. A spring Society charter on the delightful Kent & East Sussex Railway. Formed of passenger stock (not brakevans) it will traverse the much requested Rolvenden Carriage Shed Road No2 and includes a full line return trip between Tenterden and Bodiam. Haulage interest is provided by the much sought after 08888 enjoying its first advertised run at the railway - or indeed anywhere ever? A 'Top & Tail' loco (D9504 expected) will assist with the reversals.

Requested route: Tenterden Town (approx 12.00) - Rolvenden - Wittersham Road - Northiam - Bodiam - Northiam - Wittersham Road - Rolvenden - Rolvenden Carriage Shed (Road No2 requested) - Rolvenden - Tenterden Town (approx 15.00).

Fare for all £20, Under 18s (must be accompanied by an adult) £10.

Full details can be downloaded here docDetails

Bookings via the BLS website

This charter was originally due to run on Sat 4th May but was re-dated due to the repairs on 08888 not being completed in time. If you had booked for the 4th May and can not make this new date then you will be given a full refund and please accept our sincere apologies for any disappointment caused.


Derwent Valley Light Railway

Friday 19th July 2019 from 17:00

03079, D2245, plus Industrials will be working.

Only £10 gets you unlimited travel and free food!


South Devon Railway

Friday 19th July until Sunday 21st July 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

D2271 is rumoured to be making its SDR debut at this gala...

More details later.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Friday 26th July until Sunday 28th July 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Locos advised so far are 20137, 24081, 26043, 37215, 37248, 45149, 47376 & 73129, plus 50035.


Spa Valley Railway

Friday 2nd August until Sunday 4th August 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

27001 and D821 will be visiting. D3489, 31430, 33063, 33201? & 73140 are also expected to be working.


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Saturday 10th August and Sunday 11th August 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Caledonian Railway

Saturday 17th August and Sunday 18th August 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Great Central Railway

Friday 6th September until Sunday 8th September 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

D8568 & 25185 will be visiting.

More details later.


Dean Forest Railway

Friday 13th September until Sunday 15th September 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Epping and Ongar Railway

Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend. D821 has been announced as the first visitor

More details later.


The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September 2019

We don't normally mention teapots but this gala weekend is expected to see all three ex-BR kettles in service at the same time. Poop Poop Poop!

More details later.


East Lancs Railway

Saturday 21st September 2019

A Type 1-3 theme day will take place today.

More details later.


Churnet Valley Railway

Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th September 2019

An anything goes gala will take place this weekend.

D3800, 33021 & 33102 will be working along with kettle(s).


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 3rd October until Saturday 5th October 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Nene Valley Railway

Friday 11th until Sunday 13th October 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 12th October and Sunday 13th October 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

50035 will be visiting

More details later.


Spa Valley Railway

Saturday 19th October and Sunday 20th October 2019

A beer festival and diesel event will take place this weekend.

More details later.