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A lifetime ambition achieved at the LNER Weekend

4th – 6th October

This Friday 4th October Friday 4th October sees one of the NYMR newest Driver Steve Clark complete a life time ambition. He is set to Drive A1 Tornado on the evening dinning train a very special evening for him as he is lucky to be able to claim that he will have now Fired and Driven all the Classes of LNER Pacific's in Preservation. A1 Tornado, A2 Blue Peter, A3 Flying Scotsman and A4's Sir Nigel Gresley, Union of South Africa and Bittern.

Steve started his preserved footplate life first as the Nene Valley Railway from 1991 and has been a regular Footplate man on the NYMR for over 20 years. He passed his driving test in May on Sir Nigel Gresley.

Steve explains “I have been involved with NYMR for over 20 years and have gained a wealth of experience passing my Driving test saw me enter a new chapter in my footplate career. As much as I like driving you really cannot beat firing an engine one of the most rewarding jobs there is. When I was a child I dreamed of one day driving all these LNER Pacific’s and now I this Friday I get my chance. I encourage all our junior volunteers and members to not just dream but make it happen, and one day you could be as lucky as me.”

Autumn sees the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) carry on its 40th Anniversary celebrations with a weekend of intense steam traction to look forward to and the unique appearance of 2 LNER Pacific’s in ‘BR blue’, A1 Pacific No 60163 ‘Tornado’ and A4 Pacific No 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ at its LNER Weekend (4-6 October) along with B1 No 61264.

This B1 will be making one of its last appearances as one time York based classmate No 61002 ‘Impala’, believed to be the last B1 to travel over the NYMR route prior to closure by British railways in 1965. Former North Eastern Railway Q6 No 63395 is also scheduled to appear, but this depends on completion of firebox repairs at Crewe in time.

Philip Benham, General Manager explains, “We are delighted to be able to bring together locos celebrating the works of four generations of Chief Locomotive Engineer for the North East – Sir Vincent Raven, Sir Nigel Gresley, Edward Thompson and Arthur Peppercorn”.

The home based fleet at the event will be headed up by the 112mph record holding streamlined Pacific ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ 60007, the fastest steam locomotive since World War 11 while at the other end of the scale the 1904 built Lambton, Hetton & South Joicey Colliery 0-6-2t No 29 reflects the 40th anniversary year of the loco’s participation on the opening of NYMR in 1973.

No 6046, will also be making an appearance at the event, Phil Crawshaw Traction &Rolling Stock Engineer explains that “6046 is privately owned by Grieg Wilson who has recently restored the loco to working order. It is an example of the so-called Liberty Engines built at the behest of the US Department of Defence, for use in the UK and Europe during and immediately after the Second World War.

“Approximately 800 came to the UK in the build-up to D-Day, many working on the LNER before moving to Europe after ‘D Day’. While No 6046 never actually came to the UK, being shipped direct from the US to a then recently liberated France, it is typical of the class. Ironically the tender chassis now attached to 6046 did come to the UK and ended up working on the Great Western Railway. 6046 worked all over France, into Italy and eventually was absorbed into MAV (Hungarian Railway) Stock with the number 411.144.”

Both the Autumn Steam Gala and LNER Weekend will feature the Great Western Saloon coupled up to LHSJC 0-6-2t No 29 (at a special supplement). Demonstration freight trains will run on various days. It is hoped to include runs along the Esk Valley Line to Battersby. There will be a chance to travel in style through the heart of the North York Moors including historic pre-war teak carriages, or passengers can upgrade to First Class Travel in recently refurbished compartment seats.

Scarborough & District Railway Modellers will be displaying a model railway exhibition featuring OO, O & N Gage layouts in the Learning Centre on Platform 2 throughout the weekend and Mike Pannett will also be signing copies of his latest book ‘Mike Pannett’s Yorkshire’ at Grosmont Station on 6th Oct between 12pm-2pm.

Adult day rover tickets start from £23. Book your LNER weekend tickets online now The North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs a daily service from Whitby to Pickering until 3rd November. For more information please call 01751 472508, book online or follow us on Twitter @NYMR and Facebook North Yorkshire Moors Railway.


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Notes to Editors:

LNER Weekend locomotive line up: A1 (new build) Pacific No 60163 ‘Tornado’ A4 Pacific No 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ * B1 4-6-0 No 61264 LHSJC 0-6-2t no 29 S160 ‘USA’ 2-8-0 No 6197 6046 Q6 0-8-0 No 63395 (subject to completion of firebox repairs)