First and Last Chance Weekend
This Gala weekend will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021, and will provide:
- a first chance to see the newly-overhauled HL 3860 "No. 6", in service for the first time in 45+ years; and
- a last chance to see NER 1310 before it retires from service.
The event will feature a variety of operating patterns, with both passenger trains and goods trains, some of which will carry passengers in the brake van. All the locomotives will be drawn from our own fleet, and as well as "No. 6" and 1310 they will include:
- HC D1373 "MD&HB No. 45" (which is replacing HC D577 "Mary", since unfortunately this has developed a problem with its brakes); and
- HC D631 "Carroll".
The event will also feature a large O gauge model railway, based on the Slough Estates railway system, which will be operating on our mezzanine floor, thanks to Jaye Isherwood and colleagues. This layout will feature a model of Slough Estates No. 3, for comparison with the real thing.
NER 1310, waiting in the Moor Road loop at a previous gala.
Picture © Tony Cowling 2016.
Saturday and Sunday Services
On both days a special timetable will be operated, providing a fairly intensive service (since this will be our first gala for two years we will be trying not to make it too hectic!). Trains will run over both our main passenger line and the little-used Balm Road branch. As described above, two train sets will be in operation: one a passenger train and the other a goods train, where for some journeys passengers will be able to travel in the guard's brake van.
There will be a variety of patterns of operation, including some trains that will have a locomotive at each end, and some that will be double-headed. The first train will depart at about 10:30 am and the last one will arrive at about 4:30 pm.
The precise timetable is still being finalised, but the key feature will be two passenger-carrying goods trains at the beginning and the end of each day (departing from Moor Road at roughly 10:40 and 16:00 respectively).
The timetable will be available, including the scheduled locomotives for each train, as a pdf file, which will open in a new browser tab or window (ready to be downloaded): click here to access this.
Special fares will apply for each day, namely £10.00p for an adult and £1.00p for a child: there will be no family tickets for this event. Also, most of the various travel concessions that are offered for our normal train services will not apply for this event: the only exception is that the normal concessions for registered carers will still apply.
Our usual range of refreshments will be available on each day, including hot and cold drinks and sweets and a range of sandwiches.
HL 3860 No. 6, pictured during a steam test.
Picture © Tony Cowling 2021.
Whilst every effort will be made to provide the advertised services, The Middleton Railway Trust Ltd. reserves the right to amend or cancel any service without prior notice and accepts no liability whatsoever for any inconvenience, loss or disappointment caused, including travel expenses.
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