The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has announced that GWR Saint No. 2999 Lady of Legend will join their annual Steam Gala celebrations.

Running from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 September, the event will see an intensive schedule in operation with all available steam locomotives.

2999 Lady of Legend joins previously announced visitors LNER A1 No. 60163 Tornado, courtesy of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, and LMS 8F No. 48305, courtesy of Great Central Railway.

These three locomotives join BR 9F 92134, SR Schools n ° 926 Repton, SR S15 n ° 925, LMS Black 5 n ° 5428 Eric Treacy, Cockerill Type IV n ° 8 Lucie, Lambton n ° 29 ‘Peggy’, NER J27 n ° . 65894, NER Q6 n ° 63395, BR Standard 4 n ° 80136 and BR Standard n ° 76079.

While timetables are being confirmed, tickets can already be booked through the North Yorkshire Moors Railway website.

2999 Lady of Legend tours courtesy of its owners, the Great Western Society and the Didcot Railway Center.

History of 2999 Lady of Legend

A prototype Saint was built in 1902 and was used for stopping and express passenger services on the Great Western. They formed the basis of the Hall class during the reconstruction of 2925 St Martin in 1924. They lasted until 1951 when the class was withdrawn. Fast forward to the 21st century – the Didcot Railway Center began new locomotive construction in 2009, and the completed 2999 entered passenger service in 2019.

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