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Page Last Updated on 17 August 2017 at 13.30

East Kent Railway

Saturday 26th August 2017

The very kind and accommodating EKR have agreed to run 08799 for PLEG on Saturday 26th August on normal service trains as some people still require it.

The locomotive is having an overhaul very soon and may leave the railway for a hire contract elsewhere.

08799 is currently out of service with drive belt issues. The new belts should arrive in good time for the event. The EKR contact hopes he can confirm that the 08 is available at least a few days before the event. Assuming the 08 is serviceable he will happily run it for the last couple of trips on the 26th August. Thanks to everyone who responded.

Normal EKR fares will apply.


South Devon Railway

Friday 25th August until Monday 28th August 2017

A 'Rails and Ales' event will take place at this railway on this long weekend

D6975 is booked out on all four days.

D3721 gets a full line return trip on Saturday afternoon.

The cart will work Friday and Sunday evening trains.

Teapots in use should be L92 5526 5542.

At Buckfastleigh, the London Transport Routemaster bus will be running trips to Buckfast Abbey and along to Ashburton, the original terminus of the line, the miniature railway and garden railway will be in operation, and there'll be traditional fairground rides for the children and all the usual attractions, from the museum to the gardens and gift shop, will be open.

At Staverton, the midway point on the line, the beer and cider festival will be in full swing from 11.00am to 11.00pm (6.00pm Monday), offering over 60 different ales and ciders to enjoy from the award winning bar. All proceeds go to the Devon Diesel Society.

In addition, there will be:
A Pimms tent and wine bar from midday until early evening (except Friday).
A barbecue on Friday & Saturday evening.
Chilli on Sunday evening.
Buffet car serving a variety of hot and cold foods and soft drinks.
A 'just for fun' quiz on Sunday evening.

Normal fares apply to this event: Adults £15.00, Seniors £14.00, Children £9.00.

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pdf Monday's Roster


Mangapps Farm Railway

Saturday 26th August until Monday 28th August 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway on this long weekend.

03081 03089 D2325 31430 47579 will be in use every day.

Teapot No. 8 "Fambridge" is also running on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th.

First train leaves Mangapps at 12.15 pm, then hourly until 4.15.

Day Rovers: Adults £9. Senior citizen £8. Child £4. Under 3 years free. Tickets entitle the holder to travel on any available train and to access the Stations, Museum buildings, footpath and all public areas.


Spa Valley Railway

Saturday 26th August until Monday 28th August 2017

A 20 year celebration of train running at the Spa Valley Railway will take place this weekend.

Diesels in use should be 2591 D3489 5518 33063 50026

Kettles should be 80078, RSH No.62 'Ugly', Hunslet No.1982 'Ring Haw'.

In addition Class 207 DEMU 1317 should be out along with 3-CIG 1497.

Further details and roster to follow.

Advance Tickets

On the Saturday evening there will be a Fish and Chip dining train Book Fish and Chip Supper


Cholsey and Wallingford Railway

Saturday 26th August until Monday 28th August 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway on this long weekend.

All Class 08s 08022 08060 08123 are expected to be in use every day according to the railway.

The timetable is 11.05 then five minutes past each hour with the last train at 16.05 from Wallingford Station. Trains from Cholsey are 11.35 then 35 minutes past each hour with the last train at 16.35 from Cholsey.

Returns cost: Adults £10.00, Seniors £8.00, Children ( 5-15 yrs) £5.00, Families (2 Adults plus 2 Children) £28.00, Under 5 yrs Free.

Singles cost: Adults £5.00, Seniors £4.00, Children ( 5-15 yrs) £2.50, Families (2 Adults plus 2 Children) £14.00, Under 5 yrs Free.


West Somerset Railway

Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 3rd September 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.

Diesels in use should be D6575 D1661 D1010

Teapots 6960 44422 53808 53809 will also be in use.

The Railway Museums at Bishops Lydeard, Washford and Blue Anchor will be open and there will a chance to visit the depot and heritage centre of the Diesel and Electric Preservation Group at Williton.

Day Rovers will cost: Adults £18.00, Seniors £16.20, Children £9.00, Family £44.10. Tickets can be bought in advance Advance Tickets

XLS Timetable


Heritage Shunters Trust/Peak Rail

Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 3rd September 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Great Central Railway

Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway.

First visitor confirmed as 26043 and the second as D7017

Home fleet should be D8098 D5185 D5830 D6535 37714

We are running two special trips from our main line on to the Mountsorrel Branch on both days of the diesel gala - the first time that the branch has been open to passengers during a gala event. The diesel railcar will depart from Loughborough at 11:30 and 13:45 and will call at Quorn and Woodhouse before joining the Mountsorrel Branch at Swithland Sidings and travelling to the end of the line at Mountsorrel before returning to the GCR main line. For this weekend only, branch travel is included in the price of runabout tickets on a first come first served basis as capacity is limited on the diesel railcar. Please note that there are no "branch only" fares at this event. Passengers must purchase an all-day runabout ticket for the event to enjoy the branch trains as a part of the their visit.

A real ale bar will be available in the General Waiting Room at Loughborough Central station from 11:00 am.

There will be a wide variety of food and drink available at this event. Our renowned griddle car will be in traffic offering a selection of hot and cold meals, from our famous all day breakfasts to our light bite sandwiches. This will operate throughout both days. A hot dog stall is due to be available at Loughborough Central station.

Our free Live Updates service will be available for mobile phone and tablets owners during the event. The service provides up-to-the-minute information on services, including any service alterations.

FARES: Adult: £18, Seniors: £16, Children: £10 (aged 5-16 inclusive), Family Ticket: £40 (2 adults & up to 3 children), Family Ticket: £25 (1 adult & up to 3 children), Under 5s: Free of charge. No short hop tickets available between stations. Platform tickets at Loughborough Central are available for £5 at this event. These are not valid on trains.

Advance Tickets


Chasewater Railway

Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Wensleydale Railway

Thursday 14th Sepember until Sunday 17th September 2017

The Wensleydale Railway has unfortunately had to cancel the Class 20 event planned for this weekend due to excessive costs in bringing the locomotives to the line which would have led to unviable customer ticket costs.


Dean Forest Railway

Friday 15th September until Sunday 17th September 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway.

Home fleet should include D3937 D9521 D9555

Visiting will be D8568 and 20188

Availability of the Hunslet shunters will be decided closer to the event when there is a better idea of driver availability.


Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Saturday 16th September 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway.

Further details to follow.


Llangollen Railway

Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Epping and Ongar Railway

Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway.

Visitors should be 20001 26043 33202 50026

These will be joined by the home fleet of 03170 31438 37029

It is hoped to obtain a winning Class 08 from the RSS stable.

Thumper 205205 and the Class 117 cart will also be in use.

45132 will be on display and although not operational the the loco will be available for cab and engine room visits.

As usual we will be running a three train intensive service throughout the weekend with late running Beerex on Saturday.

All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of Heritage buses which will be operating between Ongar, North Weald, Epping Underground and Shenfield BR stations.

Our on train bars will be serving a selection of local draught beers and ciders as well as a range of wines, lagers and soft drinks.

For those who would like to see the line from the unique vantage point of a loco cab then we will be offering our unique and popular cab rides. These can't be pre booked so just approach the driver on the train you wish to travel on.

Tickets are now on sale and if tickets are purchased in advance a discount is available online. We have tried to keep our prices reasonable and a Day Rover booked online is only £16 and only £3 more than our normal fare. Its your amazing support at our previous Galas thats allowed us to be as keen as possible with our ticket price. Advance Tickets

Bus times and other information will follow as I get it and we look forward to welcoming you in September.

If anyone wishes to attend with a sales stand please email Marco


Didcot Railway Centre

Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September 2017

An 'Anything goes' event will take place at this railway.


East Lancs Railway

Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway.

Visiting and home fleet locomotives taking part should be D9531 D9555 D7629 33109 D7076 37109 40106 40135 40145 D1501 50015 56006

Rovers will cost: One Day Rovers £22.00 Adult, £22.00 Concession, £15.00 Child, £63.00 Family, Two Day Rovers £41.00 Adult, £39.00 Concession, £27.00 Child.

pdf Timetable


Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Sunday 24th September 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Friday 29th September until Sunday 1st October 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway.

33202 has been secured and will be only the fourth BR diesel to visit the island. It will only be there for the duration of the gala.

33202 will be restricted to the Smallbrook Junction to Havenstreet section as it is too long for the headshunt at Wooton. Latest news from the IOWSR however says that a way has been found for 33202 to work one train a day from Smallbrook to Wootton throughout. It will not work the return, that will be D2059 . 33202 will follow and work the train onward to Smallbrook. This will mean a gap in the timetable, but I hope we have pleased some of our visitors. This will happen on each of the 3 days.

The Wootton section will be worked by D2059 and the 4 wheel coaches.

D2554 is expected to be on brake van passenger duty and will run right round past the new building to the headshunt buffer stops..

The owner of 33202 and the railway are working on permitting cab rides on it on October 2nd and 3rd. This will comprise of one round trip over the line in the cab (not driving as we not ready for that yet!) There will be two booked people in the cab for each run. The price is yet to be established, but a steam experience is £80 so doubt if it will be any more than that. Booking will be essential. First come gets the best time slot. We hope to start the experiences at 08.45 and then every 45 minutes or so. If anybody is interested in this then please contact the railway to book a place. Contact the railway

The Train Story Discovery Centre will be open as will the catering and shop outlets.

If 03197 is still on site we would like to move it into Train Story Discovery Centre with the ballast hoppers so our visitors can see it, it is not currently in a public area.

There will be a display of recently re-discovered photographs of the diesels on the Island during BR and NSE days.

There will be a real ale bar and food will be available.

Entry and Diesel Train Tickets: Online price: Adult £11.50, Child £6.00, Infant FREE, Family (2 + 2) £29.00. Gate price: Adult £13.00, Child £6.50, Infant FREE, Family (2 + 2) £32.50. Advance Tickets

Hopefully a roster to follow in due course.


Ribble Steam Railway

Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Bluebell Railway

Friday 6th October until Sunday 8th October 2017

This event will feature 4 working Deltics, D9002 D9009 55019 55022

There will be an intensive timetable throughout the weekend with a 12 car set due to run on the last train of the day on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

On Friday there will be a photoshoot with four loco line up, one in each platform at the north end of Horsted Keynes at around 14.00.

Day Rovers will cost: Adults £25.00, Two-day Adult £40.00, Three-day Adult £50.00, Child £12.50, Two-day Child £20.00, Three-day Child £25.00. Multi-day Rovers are also now available. Advance Tickets

Brake van rides available on the first train of the day from Sheffield Park Station to Horsted Keynes using D4106 . Cost is £15.00 which includes a bacon butty but must be booked in advance through the Customer Service Team on 01825 720800. Please note this covers only the journey in the brake van-additional tickets are required to travel through the day. Brake van rides also at Horsted Keynes presumably using D4106

On Saturday 7th October there will be a Beerex, timings to be confirmed. A special brew from the local brewers Harveys of Lewes will be available on board. Pie and Mash will be available in the Bessemer Arms.

Intensive three set train service, locos rotating in turn.

Driver for a fiver on Saturday and Sunday (awaiting confirmation).


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 7th October and Sunday 8th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Chasewater Railway

Saturday 7th October and Sunday 8th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Nene Valley Railway

Friday 13th October until Sunday 15th October 2017

A Class 31 60 years celebration event will take place at this railway.

31101 31108 31162 31271 31285 31452 31466 are expected to be in use over all three days.

More Class 31s will be added to the list.


Royal Deeside Railway

Saturday 14th October and Sunday 15th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Sunday 15th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Spa Valley Railway

Friday 20th October until Sunday 22nd October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Mid-Hants Railway

Friday 20th October until Sunday 22nd October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Battlefield Railway

Saturday 21st October and Sunday 22nd October 2017

An 'Anything goes' event will take place at this railway.


Great Central Railway (Ruddington)

Saturday 28th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Mid-Norfolk Railway

Friday 28th October until Sunday 30th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.

50017 50050 are expected to be visiting.


South Devon Railway

Friday 3rd November until Sunday 5th November 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Mid-Norfolk Railway

Saturday 30th December and Sunday 31st December 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.