Petrol heads are in for a treat when the North Yorkshire Moors Railway hosts its 30th annual Heritage Diesel Gala this weekend.
From Friday to Sunday, a wide selection of diesel trains will make the journey along the heritage railway line including Class 31 31128 ‘Charybdis’, Class 42 Warship D821 ‘Greyhound’, and Class 55 D9009 ‘Alycidon’ which was named after the 1949 Ascot Gold cup winner and was based at the Pickering-based railway from 1982 – 1998.
And for Class 52 Western D1062 ‘Western Courier’ it will be an even more special occasion as this weekend marks the first time it has visited the railway and marks the engine’s 50th birthday.
Tom Sawyer, chairman of the Diesel Traction Group commented “The Diesel Traction Group are proud to be celebrating the NYMR’s 40th anniversary of the line’s reopening in preservation and D821 GREYHOUND’s 40th anniversary of entering preservation, with D821 returning to the railway where the loco first ran in preservation by attending the Heritage Diesel Gala.”
Throughout the weekend, the Learning Centre at Pickering Station will also host Model Railway OO, O & N Gauge layouts on display from Scarborough Model Railway Society.
Tickets are available online and from the railway’s ticket office.