North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Annual Steam Gala 2022: All the best photos of Sir Nigel Gresley’s arrival and guest locomotives


There will be 13 steam locomotives over the weekend, including three guest engines, the most famous of whom is Sir Nigel Gresley.

The locomotive, fresh from a major overhaul, is part of the A4 Pacific class built in Doncaster and the 100th designed by Great Northern Railway chief engineer Gresley. However, she will be in a semi-matte black livery rather than her traditional blue paint job due to a delay in further work.

The engine is owned by a preservation trust and was based on NYMR in the late 1990s, but major flaws were discovered in 2009 and a decade-long overhaul began. Work began at the National Railway Museum and was completed at a depot in Crewe. Sir Nigel Gresley’s boiler ticket expired in 2015 and she was decommissioned.

Also visit one of the last British Railways Standard Class 5, also built in Doncaster in the 1950s. No. 73156 was on loan from the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, is just one of five surviving Standard Class 5 locomotives of the 172 originally built. She came back on track in 2017.

The third visitor is a Taff Vale railway class locomotive which worked on the Welsh Valley lines. She was purchased and restored by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and has been based there since 1970.

The event marks a long-awaited return to steam at NYMR, which in July and August had to replace many services with diesel due to drought conditions, which sparked several lineside fires.

All images by Charlotte Graham.


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