More Exhibits for ‘Railfest 2012’ Announced and Flying Scotsman’s Return to Steam Latest Update

Published on 28th February 2012

York - Railfest 2012

World Famous Flying Scotsman, the NRM’s flagship locomotive will arrive at ‘Railfest 2012’ by rail and more exhibits have been confirmed for the major rail event of 2012.

More ‘Railfest 2012’ Exhibits Announced

The National Railway Museum has announced a further set of exhibits for the June Red Spotted Hanky sponsored ‘Railfest 2012’ event. This broadly follows a fastest, largest, strongest, first, last and oldest ‘record breakers’ theme which is reflected by the list of exhibits.

Bluebell’s 1st Loco

The Bluebell Railway’s ‘A1X’ 0-6-0T No. 55 Stepney will be present by virtue of being one of the locomotives which worked the Bluebell Railway’s initial trains when in 1960 it became the first ex-BR passenger line to enter preservation. The Middleton Railway (the ex-industrial railway which was the first standard gauge line to carry passengers in preservation– also in 1960 and just prior to the Bluebell) is sending a private owner coal wagon which has also been used to carry passengers.

Further standard gauge additions are Railway Vehicle Preservation’s LNER ‘Beavertail’ observation saloon No. E1719E and the NRM’s Class 37 diesel D6700, which was the first of its class to be built.

Minimum Gauge Also to be Represented

Two 15in gauge (known as minimum gauge as opposed to narrow gauge) locomotives are also booked: The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway’s Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2 Synolda (an ex-Sand Hutton Railway loco which is 100 years old this year) and the Kirklees Light Railway’s 1997-built 0-4+4-0T Hawk, which is arguably the most powerful 15 inch gauge locomotive in the UK and possibly the world.

Tickets Now on Sale

The NRM is now selling tickets for ‘Railfest 2012’. While entry to the NRM’s York museum itself will be free, charges will apply for entry to the outdoor ‘Railfest 2012’ site, with discounts for advance bookings. Ticket prices start at £8 for children (2-15 years) and £13 for an adult with family tickets and group offers available – see for full price details. Tickets can be bought via the website or by calling 0870 870 4840, although the latter involves a £1.50 booking fee.

Event Noticeboard

Volunteers are also being sought to help with a wide range of tasks throughout the 9-day event, ranging from providing cab access to running external information stands. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Matthew Hick at

Trade stands at Railfest are also now on sale, interested organisations should contact Julie Spowart, Trade and Event Coordinator at

The National Railway Museum is best reached by rail to York and it is well signposted from the station footbridge.

The Official List of Confirmed Standard Gauge Locos so far Comprises:

A3 No. 4472 Flying Scotsman

A1 No. 60163 Tornado

GWR No. 3717 City of Truro

‘Princess Coronation’ No. 6229 Duchess of Hamilton

SR ‘Schools’ 4-4-0 No. 925 Cheltenham

RSH 0-4-0ST Castle Donington No. 1 (7817/1954)

A4 No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley

9F No. 92203 Black Prince

Peckett 0-4-0ST 2012/41 Teddy

Pannier No. 7752 - in London Transport maroon as No. L94

LNWR Webb 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ No. 1054

Maerdy colliery No. 1 Peckett 0-6-0ST Mardy Monster

A4 No. 4468 Mallard

LNWR Webb 2-4-0 No. 790 Hardwicke

Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Railway 0-4-2WT Gazelle

‘Jubilee’ No. 45596 Bahamas

LBSCR ‘Brighton Belle’ motor brake car No. 88 Victoria

Hunslet 0-4-0DM Courage (a.k.a. Sweet Pea) HE1786/1935

‘A1X’ 0-6-OT No. 55 Stepney

Standard Gauge Carriages

LNER ‘Beavertail’ observation saloon No. E1719E

Middleton Railway’s coal wagon/passenger carrying vehicle

Narrow Gauge (Working)

The Festiniog Railway’s nominally 2ft gauge 0-4-0STT Palmerston Ffestiniog carriage No. 15

FR’s replica of ‘Spooner’s Boat’

Minimum Gauge (15in)

Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2 Synolda

Kirklees Light Railway’s 1997-built 0-4+4-0T Hawk

The Troubled Overhaul of the National Railway Museum’s A3 No. 4472 Flying Scotsman

The A3 is expected to be re-wheeled in mid-March at Bury and appear at Barrow Hill Roundhouse’s April 13-15 ‘Fab Four’ gala. The NRM has given a ‘cast-iron’ guarantee Flying Scotsman will be at this event, although not in steam, to join A1 No. 60163 Tornado, A2 Pacific No. 60532 Blue Peter and A4 A4 No. 4468 Mallard. The latter pair will also be static exhibits.

Flying Scotsman Will Return to Bury for Completion and Running in Trials

Provisional arrangements are in place for it to run on the East Lancashire Railway during the last two weeks of May, then undertake a loaded main line test run from Bury to York on May 31. This will see it arrive in time to appear as billed during the June 2-10 ‘Railfest 2012’.

It looks as though Flying Scotsman will not only still be in its post-overhaul black livery for ‘Railfest 2012’ but retain this appearance for the rest of the year. It is believed there are no plans to apply green livery until Christmas 2012.

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