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Page Last Updated on 18 January 2018 at 19.00


Dartmoor Railway

Saturday 20th January and Sunday 21st January 2018

A Class 31 event will take place this weekend.

Home fleet 31452 and 08937 should be in use.

Each day will comprise 3 round trips between Okehampton and Coleford Junction with 31452 on the Crediton end and 1 trip per day from Okehampton with 08937 attached on the Meldon end to siding 12 at Meldon Quarry and back to Okehampton.

We will be using the buffet coach from the TtCT rake (Mk2 RFB 1213)for drinks/food etc. Rocket (Mk1 generator DB 977335) will be part of the consist, but not accessible to the public.

Day Rovers: Adult £15.00, Senior £12.00, Child £8.00, Family £30.00. Weekend Rovers: Adult £26.00, Senior £20.00, Child £12.00, Family £50.00. One full return trip: Adult £10.00, Senior £8.00, Child £5.00, Family £20.00.

Passengers are not permitted to alight at Coleford Junction or Meldon Quarry Road 12.

As this is a special event, DRSA members free passes and HRA Interrail cards are not valid.

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East Lancs Railway

Saturday 17th February and Sunday 18th February 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Home fleet locomotives in use should be D9531 D9537 D7629 33109 37109 40106 40135 40145 D832 45108 D1501 50015 56006


Spa Valley Railway

Saturday 10th March and Sunday 11th March 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

Locomotives from the home working should be 2591 D3489 33063 33201 73140

In addition carts Class 207 DEMU 1317 and Class 421 3CIG 1497 should be out.

Buffet Car 'Emily' will be serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. Buffet Car 'Kate' will serve light refreshments with real ale/cider available.

Station shop stocking a large variety of diesel traction products, shop will close at approximately 16:30 - 17:30, please make your purchases early in the day!/

Driver for a fiver at Tunbridge Wells West Station with Drewry No. 2591 'Southerham' on Saturday 10th March. .

There will be a barbecue on Groombridge Station.

At Eridge mainline connections with Southern services to Central London, East Croydon, Oxted and Uckfield.

Under-restoration Class 207 DEMU centre car on display.

See the work being undertaken on Class 33 33065 and other projects in the Engine Shed.

Do you have a sales stand you’d like to bring to the gala? If so get in touch with our General Manager on 01892 537715 there is no charge for a pitch, we just ask for a donation.

Saturday Evening Dining Train: The first of our popular Fish & Chip Supper trains will be operating on Saturday 10th with top and tail diesel action to Eridge and return for three trips, a delightful menu of Cod & Chips, Sausage & Chips or Spring Roll & Chips are available followed by an Ice Cream dessert. Bookings can be made online now by clicking here Nosebag bookings

Sunday Mother's Day Cream Tea: Why not treat mum this Mother's Day as part of our Spring Diesel Gala, enjoy a wonderful Cream Tea consisting of two scones, jam, clotted cream and a pot of tea on board our 15:00 service from Tunbridge Wells West. Bookings can be made online now by clicking Cream tea nosebag bookings

Day Rovers will cost £20 for Adults and £10 for children. A two-day rover is only available online at the moment.

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Mid-Norfolk Railway

Friday 16th March until Sunday 18th March 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

As well as other home fleet locomotives D2334 should be making its debut at the MNR working some interesting trains!

26043 should be visiting from the GWR.


Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

Saturday 17th March and Sunday 18th March 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

Diesels in use should be D8568 D8059 D8188 31163 37227

A WCRC locomotive will be visiting - will either be a 33, 37 or 47. Another main line locomotive is also expected.

Railcart W55023 will also be trundling up and down the line.

Cask Ale will be available and will be from the Loose Cannon Brewery.

There will be a bus link in the form of a vintage Routemaster from Princes Risborough to Chinnor on both days that will be subject to the usual caveats. Bus will be free of charge.

Timetable downloadable below. Roster, fares and bus timetable to follow soon.

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Saturday 17th March and Sunday 18th March 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Bluebell Railway

Friday 23rd March until Sunday 25th March 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Locomotives working should be D4106 31271 D182 45041

There will be an intensive service from Friday to Sunday with 3 sets of 6 coaches and in addition on Friday and Saturday the 5.30 departure from Sheffield Park will be a 12 car set.

On Saturday evening there will also be an evening beerex with food available (details to follow).

D4106 will operate a full line brake van trip in the morning. This is pre-bookable only due to limited numbers and the fare will include a bacon roll and tea/coffee. Thereafter it will operate brake van trips at within station limits at Horsted Keynes.

2 and 3 day tickets will be available on the day and on line in advance.

More to follow.


Colne Valley Railway

Saturday 24th March 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Chasewater Railway

Saturday 24th March and Sunday 25th March 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Nene Valley Railway

Friday 6th April until Sunday 8th April 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.

Further details later.


East Lancs Railway

Friday 13th April until Sunday 15th April 2018

A Class 40 60th Anniversary event will take place this weekend.

40012 40013 40106 40135 40145 should be in use.

The cab of 40088 will also be moved across from Crewe to Bury to be part of the celebrations.

Further details later.


Ribble Steam Railway

Saturday 14th April and Sunday 15th April 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Great Central Railway

Saturday 14th April and Sunday 15th April 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Avon Valley Railway

Saturday 14th April and Sunday 15th April 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Epping and Ongar Railway

Saturday 28th April and Sunday 29th April 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Swanage Railway

Thursday 10th May until Sunday 13th May 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Heritage Shunters Trust

Saturday 12th May and Sunday 13th May 2018 (subject to confirmation)

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Featuring on one or both of our two day galas this year 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 collectio of locomotives.


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 17th May until Sunday 20th May 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Swindon and Cricklade Railway

Saturday 19th May and Sunday 20th May 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


South Devon Railway

Friday 25th May until Monday 28th May 2018

A beer festival with diesel running will take place this weekend.


Mid-Hants Railway

Friday 1st June until Sunday 3rd June 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


BLS/PLEG Eastleigh Bash

Saturday 2nd June 2018

BLS/PLEG have organised a bash around Eastleigh Works using various shunters and the red BLS van 'Molly' as stock.

There will be four trips over the course of the afternoon and each trip will cost £45.

Please note 08567 is not currently serviceable. Eastleigh are endeavouring to have it back in service by the time of this event but that is by no means guaranteed. Therefore you are advised not to book yet if 08567 is your sole interest in this event, though of course all trips may sell out in the meantime, so there is a risk. We will send out an update regarding the availibility of 08567 nearer the event.

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


West Somerset Railway

Friday 8th June until Sunday 10th June 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Great Central Railway, Ruddington

Sunday 10th June 2018

An English Electric event will take place this weekend.


North Norfolk Railway

Friday 15th June until Sunday 17th June 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Sunday 24th June until Sunday 1st July 2018

A mixed event will take place this weekend.


Great Central Railway, Ruddington

Sunday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


East Lancs Railway

Friday 6th July until Sunday 8th July 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


BLS/PLEG Dawsons Bash Railway

Saturday 21st July 2018

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.

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.


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 09026 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.

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


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Saturday 11th August and Sunday 12th August 2018

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


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.


Heritage Shunters Trust

Saturday 1st September and Sunday 2nd September 2018 (subject to confirmation)

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.

Featuring on one or both of our two day galas this year 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 collectio of locomotives.


West Somerset Railway

Saturday 1st September and Sunday 2nd September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Dean Forest Railway

Friday 7th September until Sunday 9th September 2018

A diesel 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.


Epping and Ongar Railway

Saturday 15th September and Sunday 16th 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.


Severn Valley Railway

Saturday 29th September and Sunday 30th September 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


Llangollen Railway

Saturday 29th September and Sunday 30th September 2018

A diesel gala will take place this weekend.


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 4th October until Saturday 6th October 2018

A diesel event will take place this weekend.


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.


Nene Valley Railway

Friday 12th October until Sunday 14th 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.


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 30th December 2017

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


Llangollen Railway

Saturday 30th December and Sunday 31st December 2017

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