Bank Holiday Steam Gala

27, 28, 29 August 2022

Featuring Great Western Railway heavy freight locomotive No 4270 visiting from her base at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

  • Unlimited travel with Gala Day Rover Tickets

  • Selected double heading

  • Non-stop expresses and stopping trains

  • Demonstration goods workings

  • Six or more engines in steam

  • Rarely used coaching stock including unique “Quad Art” set dating from the 1920s

With six locomotives in steam operating a varied and intensive timetable using some of our rarely seen rolling stock, the Steam Gala delivers hours of on track entertainment each day – perfect for photographers, enthusiasts, families and day trippers alike.

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Bank Holiday Steam Gala – 27, 28 & 29 August

Mammoth GWR 2-8-0T, No 4270 is set to guest at our Bank Holiday Steam Gala on Saturday 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August. The 103 year old Great Western heavy freight locomotive will be one of up to seven engines in steam for the three day event which will feature a varied schedule of passenger services including double-heading, non-stop expresses and local workings. The special intensive timetable will also include demonstration goods trips.

4270 Was built at the GWR’s Swindon Works in 1919 to handle the heavy goods trains in the coalfields of South Wales. The 82-ton 2-8-0 performed these duties until withdrawal in 1962 and then languished for over two decades at the famous Woodham Brothers’ scrapyard at Barry. After rescue in the mid-eighties, restoration was a protracted affair with 4270 finally returning to service in 2014. The locomotive is owned by Locomotive Services Limited and is based at the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway.

The visiting tank engine will be joined by our five working tender locomotives including fellow 2-8-0, 7F No. 53809 which was built for the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway in 1925; the line’s pair of 2-10-0s locomotives, BR Standard 9F No. 92203 “Black Prince” and War Department No. 90775 “The Royal Norfolk Regiment”; 1957-built BR Standard 4MT No. 76084 plus the line’s oldest working locomotive, centenarian GER Class Y14 No. 564 which was built in 1912 and has spent almost her entire life in East Anglia.

Visitors can also see and ride aboard a varied collection of rolling stock at the gala with the line’s train of unique 4- and 6- wheeled carriages dating from Victorian times running along with the unique “Quad-Art” set. The LNER teak-bodied, articulated carriages have been out of service for the first half of this season receiving periodic maintenance including revarnishing and have now been returned to their 1920s glory.  The characterful 4-car suburban set will also be amongst the carriages in use along with two sets in 1950s and 60s livery.

Refreshments

Refreshments will be available at each station and onboard certain trains which include either the art-deco Gresley bar car or a Mk I buffet.

Timetable

A frequent train service will operate between Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt between approximately 9.00am and 6.00pm on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 and from 9.00am – to 5.00pm on Monday 29 August.  Full details available in early August

Tickets

Hop on – Hop off day rovers allow unlimited travel all day.

Single tickets, returns to intermediate stations and platform tickets are not available at this special event. Admission and travel requires the purchase of an all day rover ticket.

Adult  Gala Day Rover £22.50

Child Gala Day Rover £15.00

Family of Four Gala Rover (2Ad + 2Ch or 1 Ad + 3Ch) £55.00

Family of Five Gala Rover (2Ad + 3Ch or 1 Ad + 4Ch) £65.00

Dog £2.50

Bicycle £2.50

Adult  Gala Two-Day Rover £40.00

Child Gala Two-Day Rover £27.00

Adult  Gala Three-Day Rover £55.00

Child Gala Three-Day Rover £35.00

Families wishing to travel on more than one day are advised that best value fares are obtained by booking family tickets for each day.

Subject to availability tickets can also be purchased from the ticket offices at Holt, Sheringham or Weybourne on the day of travel

Adult  Gala Day Rover £25.00

Child Gala Day Rover £16.50

Family of Four Gala Rover (2Ad + 2Ch or 1 Ad + 3Ch) £60.00

Family of Five Gala Rover (2Ad + 3Ch or 1 Ad + 4Ch) £70.00

Dog £3.00

Bicycle £3.00

Adult  Gala Two-Day Rover £45.00

Child Gala Two-Day Rover £30.00

Adult  Gala Three-Day Rover £60.00

Child Gala Three-Day Rover £37.50

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EXPLORE 

In addition to the trains and special timetable, all the usual visitor amenities will be open at each station and there’s also plenty to see in the surrounding area . . .

HOLT

Holt is the western terminus of the railway and is around a mile from the town centre. The station is easy to reach by road,  just off the A148 at High Kelling, and has ample parking (for which we request a small donation) so is an ideal staring point for passengers wishing to travel to Sheringham and visit the town and seaside.

The town’s original station closed in 1964 and was demolished and part of the trackbed used for the A148 Holt Bypass – discover more about the original station here. The current station is a faithful recreation of an Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway country station, using buildings recovered from various locations in East Anglia. The station decor and artefacts are presented to give a flavour of the period shortly after  1936 when the London & North Eastern Railway took over full ownership of the M&GN.

The station boasts a small buffet and gift shop and a painstakingly created model railway. The William Marriott Museum, which tells the story of the M&GN, and the Railway Cottage – a small home made shortly after World War I by reusing a redundant railway carriage – are open on many days (subject to volunteer availabilty).

The town of Holt is well worth a visit. Energetic passengers can stroll into the town centre – the walk will take around 25 minutes – while many will prefer to hop on one of the buses that stop on the road opposite the station entrance for a short five minute trip into town.  The town features many Georgian buildings and a wide Market Place.

Weybourne’s atmospheric station is a a real gem. There is very limited parking, so the best way to arrive is by train! Hop off and soak up the period atmosphere or take a walk to Weybourne village a mile or so away or to the nearby Sheringham Park. For those not wanting to venture too far, the footbridge affords panoramic views back towards Sheringham and down to the sea and is a good spot to watch trains approaching.

Originally built to capitalise on the “Poppyland” holiday boom, the station served a nearby hotel that was demolished in World War II . It oozes Edwardian charm and has been restored to close to it’s original condition sporting the tan and cream colour scheme used by the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway at the time. Discover more of about the history of Weybourne station and village.

The former parcels office has been converted into a small period style souvenir shop and buffet. The three picnic areas provide ample space to relax and watch the trains arrive and depart. Historic goods vehicles in the bay platform add to the atmosphere and one, a Southern Railway parcels van, houses a model railway.

Most trains will pass another here, so you make the most of your rover ticket by changing from one to another.

Sheringham’s imposing station houses the booking office, waiting room and buffet. The Old Luggage Office buffet is in an area once used to store the many suitcases and trunks that the Victorian tourists travelling to Sheringham required. Today, it offers the chance to relax over a drink or light lunch and watch the trains come and go.

The station has been restored to close to its 1955 appearance, when British Railways was responsible for the line. The distinctive deep blue station totems and matching enamel signs are evocative of that period. The footbridge provides an excellent vantage point from which to watch trains arrive, or the engine “run round” to the other end of its train ready for the next trip to Holt.

Passengers starting their journey here can arrive by Great Anglia trains from Cromer and Norwich (the mainline station is just across Station Road), by bus (they stop right outside) or by car (there is a large pay and display car park adjacent to the station).

For those arriving on one of our historic trains, there’s a chance to visit the town’s many independent shops, stroll to beach and promenade or venture slightly further to join the Norfolk Coastal Path and enjoy a cliff top walk or climb Beeston Bump (a distinctively-shaped local hillock). The town museum includes a Windfarm Visitor Centre where you can discover more about the arrays that have been built offshore.

Find out more about Sheringham station and town.

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