Pickering (Great Western)!

By Robin Jones

MANY mighty steam locomotives have graced the rails of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway over the past half century. However, this year’s September 29-October 1 annual steam gala saw three modest Great Western tank engines steal the show for a record-breaking event.

BR Standard 4MT 2-6-0 No. 76079 heads past Water Ark with a goods train on September 30. ROBERT FALCONER

More than 4000 visitors enjoyed nine different locomotives in steam, saw traction engines as well as attended the annual beer festival along the heritage line.

NYMR general manager, Chris Price, said: “This year’s steam gala has been a huge success with revenue up 14% on last year’s event. The income will support the charitable trust and enable vital work to take place over the winter months.”

The visiting locomotives were GWR 2-6-2T No. 5199 from the Llangollen Railway, and panniers Nos. 1501 and 7714 from the Severn Valley Railway.

It was also the first time that the railway had two visiting pannier tanks double-heading through the North York Moors National Park.

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