STEAM engine fans have the chance to enjoy a rare treat this weekend when the first Manor Class locomotive ever to visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway will be on show at its autumn steam gala.
The locomotive is the 7822 Foxcote Manor brought in to replace a previously advertised visit to the gala of the Dominion of New Zealand, not available now due to unforeseen technical difficulties.
NYMR General Manager Philip Benham said: “We’re thrilled to have this marvellous Great Western locomotive at NYMR. It will provide a rare chance to see this class of engine in this part of the country and eases the disappointment of losing Dominion of New Zealand to technical difficulties.”
It will only be the iconic locomotive’s second visit to the North East, the first being the 150th anniversary cavalcade celebrations of the Stockton & Darlington railway at Shildon in 1975.
In addition to Foxcote Manor, the NER snowplough no 18,recently restored by the NYMR York Area group, will be running at Grosmont station throughout the weekend.
Other locomotives expected to feature are: 825 Southern Railway Class S15, 44767 George Stephenson, LMS Class 545428 Eric Treacy, LMS Class 5, 49395 LNWR Class G2, 63395 LNER Class Q6, 75029 Standard Class 4freshly overhauled, 92214 Standard Class 9F.
Other attractions include at Levisham where artist in residence Chris Ware will have an open studio all weekend with jazz music from Ron Burnett from 12noon to 4pm on Saturday and The Hunmamby Silver Band from 1pm-3pm on Sunday.
The gala starts today Friday 30 September and runs until Sunday 2 September.