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News Release - Issued by The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Bittern, the UK’s fastest Steam engine in preservation.

25 – 27 April & 2 – 5 May

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is delighted to welcome Class A4 Pacific ‘Bittern’ to its Spring Steam Gala (25 - 27 April & 2 – 5 May) for two weekends of intense steam traction.

Having become the first UK steam engine to reach 90 mph in three high speed record runs on the East Coast Main Line over the winter period – No 4464 “Bittern” is set to return to the NYMR’s Spring Steam Gala after its recent tour with sister streamlined engines as part of the National Railway Museum’s ‘Mallard 75’ events at York and Shildon.

Philip Benham, NYMR general manager, said “We are delighted to welcome ‘Bittern’ back to the railway two years after its last visit. The engine is a firm favourite on ‘The Moors’ and we are excited that it will be joining our Spring Steam Gala line up after its winter exploits, and participation in the ‘Mallard 75’.”

The 7 day Spring Steam Gala over two weekends will include Roger Hibbert’s LMS Class 3F ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0 tank engine No. 47406 on loan from the Great Central Railway – a first visit for this class of locomotive to NYMR. Also making a re-appearance will be Ian Riley’s LMS Class 5 4-6-0 Black 5 44871 and No 45407 ‘Lancashire Fusilier’ and North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group’s K1 No 62005 during the first weekend.

As well as the larger engines the NYMR Spring Steam Gala will celebrate ‘Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Colliery’ 0-6-2T tank engine No. 29 110th birthday, the locomotive was built in 1904 for use on the Lambton Railway by Leeds based locomotive manufactures Kitson and Company. Philip comments “To mark this special occasion 29 has been restored to the engine’s authentic lined green colour scheme.”

The event will also be the first gala appearance for the NYMR’s newest edition to its home fleet LMS Class 5MT Locomotive 44806. No 44806 was recently purchased through the generous support of a longstanding benefactor to the NYMR and while currently it will only work between Pickering and Grosmont, in due course it will be equipped for operation working services to and from Whitby on Network Rail.

NYMR’s remaining home based fleet complete the cast with the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust’s No 61264, Standard Class 4 4-6-0 ‘Green Knight’ No. 75029, and LMS Class 5MT No 45428 ‘Eric Treacy’.

If all that wasn’t enough there will be trade stands at NYMR stations, Scarborough & District Railway Modellers will be displaying a model railway exhibition in the Learning Centre at Pickering Station on Platform 2 and steam runs along the Esk Valley line from Whitby and Grosmont to Battersby Station.

To book tickets visit or call 01751 472 508, follow us on Twitter @NYMR or Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway


For further media information, please contact:

Danielle Ramsey
Marketing Manager – NYMR
Tel: 01751 473799


The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is open weekends in March, before daily service restarts on the 5 April until 2 November.

Visiting engines will include:

Class A4 Pacific No. 4464 ‘Bittern’

LMS Class 3F ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0 No. 47406

LMS Class 5 4-6-0 No 44871 (25 – 27 April)

LMS Class 5 4-6-0 No 45407‘Lancashire Fusilier’(25 – 27 April)

NYMR home fleet:

LH&JC 0-6-2T No. 29

Standard Class 4 4-6-0 No. 75029 ‘Green Knight’

Thompson B1 4-6-0 No 61264

North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group’s K1 No 62005

LMS Class 5 No 44806.