Eight galas to attend between Christmas & New Year


If you fancy some extra steam and diesel rail interest after Christmas, why not attend one of the eight events we’ve found for you?

See our separate list of regular services running this week here.

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1 December 26, 27: Mid-Hants Railway: Christmas Leave

Join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a World War Two Christmas on the railway.

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2. December 28: Swanage Railway: Winter Warm Up

An intensive steam and diesel timetable with the resident fleet. The Swanage Birds Nest Buffet and Norden Kiosk will be serving hot and cold drinks, home-made cakes, confectionery and snacks. The Swanage Railway Musuem at Corfe Castle Station and Exhibition Coach will be open.

3. December 29, 30: West Somerset Railway: Winter Steam Festival

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Performers are set to include: ‘Modified Hall’ No. 6960 Raveningham Hall, 7F No. 53808 and No. 7822 Foxcote Manor.

4. December 29, 30: Spa Valley Railway: Winter Steam Up & Mince Pie Specials

Featuring visiting GWR 813 and Hunslet 0-6-0ST Ring Haw – plus recently arrived Class 31 Sister Dora.

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5. December 29-30: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway: Christmas Cracker

An intensive mixed-traction timetable, with what the GWSR calls ‘a proportion’ of its fleet in service. Normal fares apply.

6. December 29: Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway: Winter Diesel Gala

Resident fleet in operation, inc. Nos. 27001, 37703 and 47643 – plus the Class 126 DMU. Free bus operating to and from Linlithgow to help those coming by public transport.

7. December 30: Bodmin & Wenford Railway: Winter Steam Up 2018.

Ride in the steam-heated coaches and also in the heated brake vans on the goods train will be available, with an intensive timetable.

8. December 31: Great Central Night Rider – New Year’s Eve

Steam and diesel haulage to see in 2019. Departing Loughborough Central at 7pm, the train will be top and tailed. While the steam allocation had yet to be confirmed at the time of writing, the booked diesel is Class 31 D5830. The final trip of the evening will arrive at Leicester North at 1150pm, where the arrival of 2019 will be celebrated, before the train returns to Loughborough at 0.15am.

# All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing. Readers are advised to check with the railway concerned beforehand.

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