The Autumn steam gala season carries on over the middle weekend on October in Buckinghamshire, Wales and the north.
Six locomotives are expected to be in steam at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre’s October 16 Enthusiasts’ Day. Passenger trains in the Up yard should be worked by Beattie 2-4-0WT No. 30585, Dennis Howells’ Pannier No. 9466 (back at Quainton Road after its summer visit to the Mid-Norfolk Railway) and Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0ST 1742/46 Millom.
On the other side of the main line which bisects the Quainton Road site (but crossed by two footbridges!) the Down yard will see passenger operations and demonstration freights being handled by Sentinel 4wVBGT Isebrook (6515/1926), Peckett 0-4-0ST Rokeby (2105/48) and Peckett 0-4-0ST Gibraltar (2087/48). This line will also periodically feature a Pump Trolley in action!
Surprising as it may seem for the line which pioneered the preservation movement 60 years ago, the Talyllyn Railway has never entertained a visiting steam locomotive. This will change over October 15-16 when the Corris Railway’s 0-4-2ST No. 7, a new-build loco completed in 2005 based on a Kerr Stuart ‘Tattoo’, visits the TR.
The reason for this apparent anomaly is simply the rare gauge of 2ft 3ins employed by the Talyllyn – and its more recently revived Corris Railway neighbour.
Corris No. 7 is virtually a replica of the original Corris Railway No. 4 (KS4047/1921) which became Talyllyn Railway No. 4 (and given the name Edward Thomas) when purchased after the Corris line closed in 1948. The TR also purchased Corris No. 3, a Hughes 0-4-2ST now named Sir Haydn.
The weekend will form a ‘Corris Railway Gala’ with CR No. 7 to work a train comprising the restored ex-Corris coach and brake van preserved on the TR. This train will be illuminated for photography at Wharf station on the Saturday evening.
The CR loco will also appear double-heading with one of the Talyllyn’s ex-Corris locos. Timetabled service trains will be operated by the former Corris locos, No. 3 and No. 4.
The TR’s Wharf station is just a few minutes walk from Tywyn main line station on the Cambrian Coast line.
The nominal 2ft gauge Ffestiniog Railway’s Vintage Weekend over October 15-16 will include among its many attractions the operation of slate trains over Britannia Bridge to run on Welsh Highland metals in Porthmadog.
The weekend will also feature operation of the longest gravity train since the 1930s following restoration of LNWR and GWR-type slate wagons to join the existing fleet.
The Ffestiniog Railway can be reached easily from the national network, Porthmadog station is not too far from the FR’s Harbour station (involving a walk up the main street of the town) while there are direct links at Minffordd and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Following postponement of Barrow Hill Roundhouse’s October 14-16 LNER ‘Fab Four’ gala due to doubts (fully justified as it transpired) that Flying Scotsman would be ready in time for the event, the Roundhouse has added a smaller scale event on October 2 to its calendar. LNER B1 No. 1306 Mayflower and Peckett 0-6-0ST No. 2000 will be in steam with A1 Tornado expected to be present on display in the Roundhouse.