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Page Last Updated on 12 December 2018 at 20.00


Swanage Railway

Friday 28th December 2018

A mixed gala will take place today.

Diesel locomotives in use should be D6515 33111

Kettles 30120 and 34072 should also be in use.

The Swanage Birds Nest Buffet and Norden Kiosk will be serving hot and cold drinks, home made cakes, confectionery and snacks.

The souvenir shop at Swanage will be open and the Swanage Railway Musuem at Corfe Castle Station and Exhibition Coach will also be open.

Day rovers will cost: Adult £21.00, Child £13.00. Advance Day Rovers will cost Adult £20.00, Child £12.00. Book advance rovers

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Bo'ness Railway

Saturday 29th December 2018

A diesel gala will take place today.

Locomotives in use should be 27001 37703 47643

47643 will be used for train heat.

The Class 126 cart should also be out.

Main line locomotives have been requested and a DRS Class 66 should be attending.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 29th December and Sunday 30th December 2018

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

In use should be D8137 37215 D6948 45149 and kettles 7903 and 35006.

The 20 and 45 will be top and tailing (and occasionally double heading) with teapots.

The 37s will be top and tail on one set of stock (with a double head run also in the mixer).

Kettles should be Merchant Navy No. 35006 "Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co" and modified Hall No. 7903 "Foremark Hall".

Busy passenger service based on our Green timetable with opportunities for double-heading and top-and-tail working.

Trains running the full length of the line between Broadway and Cheltenham Race Course Station.

Approximately 28 mile round trip along the stunning Cotswolds countryside.

Buffet cars.

Shops at Toddington and Cheltenham Race Course Stations.

Flag and Whistle Cafe at Toddington Station.

Coffee Pot Tea Room at Winchcombe Station.

Day rovers will cost: Adults £18.00, Seniors £17.00, Children £8.00, Family (2 + 3) £48.00, Dogs £2.00. Advance Rovers

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Spa Valley Railway

Saturday 29th December and Sunday 30th December 2018

A 'Winter Steam Up, Mince Pie Specials and Kids for a Quid!' gala will take place this weekend.

31430 should be in use.

In a change to our previously advertised Green timetable, we're increasing our service and running a Special Event between Christmas and New Year so join us to blow away those post Xmas blues as we run TWO Steam Locomotives and a recently arrived Heritage Diesel!.

Joining us for Christmas is the 1901 build Great Western Railway Locomotive No. 813 visting us courtesy of the Severn Valley Railway and the GWR 813 Preservation Fund, this weekend will be the only chance to experience the engine operating on her own trains as the other remaining services for 2018 and into early 2019 will likely be a top and tailed arrangement with a heritage diesel.

Running alongside 813 will be another visiting Steam Locomotive No. 1982 'Ring Haw' courtesy of the North Norfolk Railway. This delightful little buy extremely powerful Hunslet last visited us during 2017 and makes a welcome return to the Spa Valley Railway where she will be based away from her Norfolk home for our 2019 season.

All trains that are hauled by a Steam Locomotive will (subject to there being no show stoppers!) have steam heating, all trains hauled by the Class 31 will be unheated however the Steam Locomotive will provide heating for as long as possible prior to 'Sister Dora' hauled trips.

At Tunbridge Wells West newly arrived Hunslet 'Newstead' will be on static display for you to see. This engine has arrived at the Spa Valley Railway for an overhaul estimated to last 2 to 3yrs, after which 'Newstead' will join our operating fleet of locomotives.

A unique opportunity to have a go at driving (yes driving!) a real life Steam or Diesel Locomotive is available at Eridge and/or Tunbridge Wells West between trains! You can take to the controls and under the instruction of one of our drivers for an opportunity not to be missed!

RSH No. 62 'Ugly' – Tunbridge Wells West in light steam/Driver for a Tenner subject to the completion of repairs.

Also in the Engine Shed you can see LBSCR Terrier No. 650 'Sutton' which is getting evercloser to a return to steam, the wheels were returned to underneath the locomotive in October and the boiler overhaul is due to commence very soon. Our stalwart Andrew Barclay No. 2315 'Lady Ingrid' is too not far off returning to steam, the boiler is returning very soon following overhaul and should return to steam in 2019.

Fares: • Adult - £12.00, • Child - £1.00 (Yes just £1!), • Senior - £11.00, • Family - £26.00.

Mince Pies: Available from Bar Car 'Kate' on Coach set A will be a Mince Pie for everyone travelling (subject to availability!) so don't delay making your way up to the bar carriage, once they're gone they're gone but there'll be plenty of other treats on offer for you!

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Great Central Railway, Ruddington

Sunday 30th December 2018

A mixed event will take place today.


Great Central Railway

Monday 31st December 2018

A 'Welcome in the new year' event will take place tonight.

D5830 will be at the Leicester end and an as yet unknown kettle will be at the Loughborough end.

Departures from Loughborough are 19:00, 20:25, 21:55 and 23:20. The last train will arrive at Leicester North at 23:50 to see in the new year in before returning to Loughborough. Arrival into Loughborough on the last trip is 00:43 on Tuesday 1st January 2019.

Our Griddle Car will be open for business throughout the evening with a fully stocked bar as well as a New Year’s Eve meal options. Menu - Steak pie, Chicken and mushroom pie, Cheese and vegetable pie (v). All priced at £5, and served with chips and mushy peas. Pre-booking of meals with your tickets online is strongly recommended to ensure that your choice is available.

Booking: Ordinary tickets purchased for 31st December 2018 are valid on this train.
Evening-only tickets for the Night Rider services are available at £14.
Tickets including pre-booked food (served at approximately 8pm) are available online for £19.
We are offering a "food only" option online for those who hold valid tickets (ideal for Working Members with a valid pass) £5 (The food only ticket must be accompanied by a valid ticket/pass in order to travel.

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East Lancs Railway

Saturday 16th February 2019

A diesel gala will take place today.

More details later.


Spa Valley Railway

Saturday 9th March and Sunday 10th March 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

Friday 5th April until Sunday 7th April 2019

D8568 31163 37227 should be working.

Depending on crewing levels 08825 or D3018 will be doing Brake Van rides from Princes Risborough Platform 4 to the end of Risborough South sidings (rare track).

Two or three visiting locomotives are expected and the first one should be 25262

First ever gala to use the new mainline interchange.

Cask ale will be available. Beer names will be announced nearer the time.

Fares: In advance, Adult £12.50, Senior/Railcard holders £11.50, Child TBA. On the day, Adult £18.00, Senior/Railcard holders £15.00, Child TBA.


Mid-Norfolk Railway

Friday 5th April until Sunday 7th April 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Weardale Railway

Friday 12th April until Sunday 14th April 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Great Central Railway

Saturday 13th April and Sunday 14th April 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

D9537 should be visiting along with a Class 66.

More details later.


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Friday 26th April until Sunday 28th April 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Epping and Ongar Railway

Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th April 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Friday 3rd May and Saturday 4th May 2019

A gala (hopefully diesel) will take place this weekend.

50031 50049 will be attending.

50049 should be bringing in more locomotives and a set of air braked stock.


Swanage Railway

Thursday 9th May until Sunday 12th May 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Swindon and Cricklade Railway

Saturday 11th May and Sunday 12th May 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 16th May until Saturday 18th May 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

55019 should be visiting.

More details later.


West Somerset Railway

Friday 7th June until Sunday 9th June 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.


North Norfolk Railway

Friday 14th June until Sunday 16th June 2019

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

More details later.