By Roger Melton
THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s September 28-30 annual autumn steam gala celebrated the centenary of the line’s NER Q6 No. 63395 along with the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
The 0-8-0 was newly returned to service, having had its overhaul completed just in time for it to run at the Severn Valley Railway’s autumn gala a week earlier.
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With a combination of the home fleet and guest locomotives, there were 10 engines on show. This included a quartet from the ‘Big Four,’ in the form of LNER B1 4-6-0 No. 1264 masquerading as classmate No. 1251 Oliver Bury for the occasion; LMS ‘Black Five’ No. 5428 Eric Treacy; SR Schools 4-4-0 No. 926 Repton in prewar livery, and without its smoke deflectors on the Friday and Saturday; and Battle of Britain Light Pacific No. 34081 92 Squadron from the Nene Valley Railway in postwar SR/BR transitional malachite green.
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