North Yorkshire Moors Railway 40th Anniversary Gala

I had a very rewarding time at the NYMR today. Weather conditions were perfect as I headed across the Moors. First stop was Darnholme, which is about a mile from Goathland. First loco to come by was D7628 with the return working to Grosmont. I headed around to the hillside to get the vantage point of locos coming under the road bridge.

K1 62005 was first to pass us by. The K1 is a firm favourite of mine and looked stunning in the warm spring sunshine followed by 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ passing by running tender first back to Grosmont.

There should have been a freight due headed by the S15 825, but this had apparently failed so never materialised. Next to round the bend was one of the locos I had particular wanted to see. B1 61264, which had especially had an identity change for the Gala to sister loco 61002 ‘IMPALA’ with nameplates added. I was rather chuffed at this as she was a York loco at one point in her life.

The sun was beginning to come around so I moved on to just south of Goathland at Moorgates where I captured Black 44871 running loco first (must have been turned on the table at Pickering. 5 minutes later a high pitch LNER whistle signalled the approach of the other guest loco B1 61306 ‘Mayflower’. The apple green paint work looked stunning as she accelerated over the bridge and onwards towards Pickering.

A very enjoyable day, and well worth a visit as the Gala continues next weekend.

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