Railfest 2012

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Britain's Biggest Rail Festival

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Railfest 2012 promises 30 locomotives including Flying Scotsman, City of Truro, and Tornado to name but a few. Visitors will also be able to climb inside drivers' cabs and ride on trains.

Back in December we announced the first Loco list for Railfest, which you can take a look at here.

TV Star to Name East Coast Train at Railfest Opening

The East Coast Electric Class 91 locomotive No. 91110, which set the UK speed record, will be named ‘Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’ by TV’s Carol Vorderman to open the Railfest event.

The locomotive, number 91110, achieved a UK national speed record for electric trains at Stoke Bank, north of Peterborough, on 17 September 1989 – a record which stands to this day.

Carol said: “It would be a privilege to be asked to name any train. But to be asked to unveil this particular East Coast locomotive, named ‘Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’, is a deeply moving honour.

Railfest 2012 Locomotives List

The latest locomotives have been announced with many more due to be added to this list in the lead up to the event. Please note, this list may be subject to change.

o A4 No. 4468 Mallard

o A3 No.4472 Flying Scotsman

o LNWR Webb No.790 Hardwicke

o GWR No.3717 City of Truro

o No.6229 Duchess of Hamilton with matching coach

o Shropshire & Montgomeryshire 0-4-2WT Gazelle

o Schools No.925 Cheltenham

o RSH No.1 Castle Donington

o A4 No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley

o Peckett No.2150 Mardy Monster

o Peckett No.2012 Teddy

o Tysley 0-6-0PT No.L94

o Webb No.1054 Coal Tank

o A1 No. 60163 Tornado

o No. 55002 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry


o LMS Jubilee Class No.5596 Bahamas

o SR Brighton Belle brake car No.88

o Hunslet No.1786 Courage / Sweet Pea

o Spooner’s Boat

o Furness Railway No. 20

o George England Palmerston with FR carriage No. 15 and curly roof van

o Weston Park Railway, Peggy

o B&W Engineering observation coach, Sylvia

o LBSCR ‘A1X’ 0-6-OT No.55, Stepney

o Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2, Synolda (15 inch gauge)

o Taylor 0-4+4-OT, Hawk (15 inch guage)

o LNER ‘Beavertail’ observation saloon No. E1719E

o Middleton Wagon

o Class 37 D6700

o 4-6-2 Britannia No. 70013, Oliver Cromwell

o LNWR Railway Directors’ Saloon No. 5318

o GWR Prarie 2-6-2T No.5521

o LMSR 4-6-2 8P No. 6201, Princess Elizabeth

o GWR 4900 Hall Class 4-6-0 No 5972, Olton Hall

o Class 91 91110

o Class 395 Javelin

o Prototype HST passenger car

o Class 43 HST 43159 power car

o Class 57 Pendennis Castle

Latest Confirmed Vehicles

A number of modern vehicles are added to the already impressive line up of attendees for the event taking place 2 - 10 June. East Coast 91110, which achieved a national speed record for a British locomotive of 162mph in 1989 and is the fastest ever UK locomotive, has now been confirmed and will take part in a spectacular naming ceremony on the first day of the event. The vehicle will be named ‘Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’ to coincide with the fly-pasts by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster bomber PA474, flanked by Hurricane and Spitfire fighters.

Other modern exhibits confirmed include the Class 43 High Speed Train 43159 power car which set the record in 1987 as the world’s fastest diesel travelling at 148.5mph – a record which it still holds today. The previous world record holder for diesel engines, Class 252 Prototype High Speed Train power car 41001, will also be attending the event and will be coupled with a matching passenger car from the original test trains for the first time since 1972.

Also confirmed is Class 395 Javelin which has earned its place in the record breaking line up as Britain’s fastest scheduled train travelling at 140mph. The train, built by Hitachi in Japan, runs from London St Pancras to the south east and has never been north of London.

The event will see an enormous space the size of 11 football pitches bustling with an awe-inspiring line up of more than 50 locomotives. Over 30 of the attending vehicles are record-breakers, having made their mark on rail history for being the fastest, strongest, first, last and oldest. These latest confirmed exhibits will join a number of speed record breakers which include the fastest steam locomotive at 126mph, Mallard, the first locomotive recorded to reach 100mph, Flying Scotsman, and the fastest post-war speed record holder, Sir Nigel Gresley.

Great Western 57604 Pendennis Castle, which usually hauls England’s only sleeper train, has also joined the list of confirmed vehicles for the event with an alternative engine expected to be drafted in to operate the service in its absence.

Bob Gwynne Said:

Bob Gwynne, Assistant Curator of Rail Vehicles at the National Railway Museum, said:

“With these recent additions to the vehicle line up, Railfest 2012 is now expected to welcome the largest gathering of railway speed record breakers ever brought together. Heritage steam stars like Flying Scotsman and Mallard have a huge fan base and are famous the world over, but these modern day vehicles are equally impressive and will allow us to tell the railway story from start to present day. As we get closer to the big event in June, we look forward to confirming more vehicles for Britain’s biggest rail celebration”.


People keen to get hands on during the event are being invited to sign up as volunteers to help with a wide range of tasks throughout the 9 days, ranging from providing cab access to running external information stands. People interested in volunteering their time should contact Matthew Hick at matthew.hick@nrm.org.uk


With key support from the leading rail magazine titles; RAIL, Steam Railway and Model Rail, the festival is expected to draw railway fans from far and wide.

Tickets are currently on sale for the nine day celebration of Britain’s railways which will take place from 2-10 June 2012. Tickets can be bought by visiting nrm.org.uk/railfest2012 or by calling 0870 870 4840.*

Ticket prices start at £8 for children aged 2-15 years and £13 for an adult. Family tickets and group offers are available. For all the latest updates and announcements, visit nrm.org.uk/railfest2012 or sign-up to receive the museum’s email newsletter.

* When booking over the phone, a £1.50 booking fee will be added to your total order. Phone sales end at 6pm on 22 May 2012.

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