Published 2nd April 2012
CHESTERFIELD - It was confirmed at the end of March that the recently overhauled LNER 2-6-0 No. 61994 The Great Marquess will be on display at the Railway Magazine-sponsored ‘Fab Four’ gala at Barrow Hill.
The event has been billed as a must-visit event and takes place in the locomotive roundhouse at Barrow Hill, near Chesterfield station, between April 13 and 15 inclusive.
The ‘K1’ brings the total number of LNER locomotives at the event to 13 which is the greatest number brought together since steam ended in 1968.
The first locomotives are already on site being led by the Ivatt ‘C1’ Atlantic No. 251 which dos not normally leave the National Railway Museum’s site.
To many, the main attraction amongst the 18 booked to appear (subject to availability), will obviously be the world speed record-holder, A4 No. 4468 Mallard which is another NRM owned engine rarely appearing away from York or Shildon.
Mallard will be joined by classmate No. 4464 Bittern, new build A1 No. 60163 Tornado, A2 No. 60532 Blue Peter, V2 No. 60800 Green Arrow, K4 2-6-0 No. 61994 The Great Marquess, Atlantic C1 4-4-2 No. 251, GCR 4-4-0 No. 506 Butler-Henderson.
Smaller locomotives on display will be the N2 0-6-2T No. 1744, J17 0-6-0 No. 8217, J72 0-6-0T No. 69023 Joem, NER ‘H’ class 0-4-0T No. 1310, J94 0-6-0ST No. 68030, ‘Yankee’ 0-6-0T No. 30075, LMS ‘Black Five’ No. 45110, Midland Railway ‘half-cab’ 0-6-0T No. 41708 and Peckett 0-6-0ST No. 2000 and Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST Henry.
Well over 4,000 tickets have been sold as of the end of March and they can be purchased from:
The Ticket Factory on 0844 581 4939 or on their website.
Reduced rate tickets are priced at £17 bought in advance plus a £1 booking fee but if bought on the day, admission will cost £19 adult (Friday and Sunday) or £21 (Saturday), child £8, senior £16 (Friday/Sunday) or £18 (Saturday), family (2+2) £45 (Friday/Sunday) or £49 (Saturday).
Four ‘OO’ gauge models - one each of an A1, A2, A3 and A4 are up for grabs at the event by visiting the The Railway Magazine stand.
The Director’s Saloon which featured in The Railway Children, will also be at the event along with many diesel locomotives which are based at Barrow Hill.
UK Railtours is running a High Speed Train direct to the event on April 12, the preview day, from St. Pancras which calls at Luton Parkway and Bedford. This is the only train to run direct to the exhibition platform.
There will be many trade stands at the event – which are usually a draw in themselves. They will be selling many different types of railway souvenirs and a large refreshment area will also be open for the event.