THE presence of three Western Region tank engines helped the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) attract record-breaking passenger numbers to its three-day Autumn Steam Gala, from September 29 to October 1.
In excess of 4,000 visitors turned out to experience the nine steam locomotives that were in action, together with a supporting cast of traction engines, and the railway’s annual beer festival.
As a consequence revenue was significantly up compared to the same event in 2016, seeing a total increase of 14%.
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Three of the four guest locomotives had a Great Western heritage, being distinctly ‘off patch’ on the former North Eastern Railway line.
‘5101’ class 2-6-2T No. 5199 had travelled to North Yorkshire from the Llangollen Railway, while panniers Nos. 7714 and 1501 were visiting from the Severn Valley Railway.
It was the first time the NYMR had played host to a brace of 0-6-0PTs, and the duo spent much of the event working in tandem, or with No. 5199.
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