Steam Railway events guide

 

Your handy, all-in-one events guide

Here are all the events, galas happening on preserved railways around the country in the next month*. Check back here in four weeks' time for more events.

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Caledonian Railway ‘439’ 0-4-4T No. 419 passes ‘A3’ No. 60103  Flying Scotsman  as it departs Corfe Castle during the Swanage Railway’s ‘Spring Steam Up’ on March 29. ANDREW P.M. WRIGHT

Caledonian Railway ‘439’ 0-4-4T No. 419 passes ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman as it departs Corfe Castle during the Swanage Railway’s ‘Spring Steam Up’ on March 29. ANDREW P.M. WRIGHT

Galas & Enthusiast Events

April

27 Appleby-Frodingham RPS – Brake Van Tour
27/28 Ribble Steam Railway – Spring Steam Gala
27 Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway – Sierra Leone Independence
28 Fife Heritage Railway – Open Day

May

4 Appleby-Frodingham RPS – Brake Van Tour
4 & 18 Appleby-Frodingham RPS – DMU Tours
4-6 Bressingham – Heritage Steam Gala
4-6 & 25-27 Bristol Harbour Railway – Running Days
4/5 Kirklees Light Railway – Katie & Sian Weekend
4-6 Leighton Buzzard Railway – 100th Anniversary Spring Gala
4-6 Midland Railway – Butterley – Victorian Train Weekend
4/5 Moors Valley Railway – Visiting Locos Weekend
4-6 Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway – Big Birthday Gala
5 Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway – Open Day
5 North Ings Farm Museum – Open Day
5 & 26 Scottish Industrial Railway Centre – Operating Days
5 & 19 Yeovil Railway Centre – Steam Days
6 & 27 East Kent Railway – Steam Engine Service
6 & 27 Gartell Light Railway – Open Days
6 Rocks by Rail – Cement Quarry Railway Day
11/12 Great Central Railway – Goods Galore Gala
11/12 Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – Spring Gala
11/12 Midland Railway – Butterley – 175 years of the Midland Railway Celebration
11/12 Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway – Steam & Diesel Gala
12 Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Island Heritage Train Day
17/18 Bluebell Railway – Trains After Dark
25-27 Bure Valley Railway – Everything Goes
25/26 Chasewater Railway – 60th Anniversary Gala
25-27 Fairbourne Railway – Annual Steam Gala
25-27 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway – Cotswold Festival of Steam
25-27 Isle of Wight Steam Railway – BR Black Weekend
25-27 South Downs Light Railway – Steam Gala Weekend
26 Corris Railway – Special Gala Day
26/27 Mid-Suffolk Light Railway – Bank Holiday Steam Up
26/27 Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway – Coal Train Weekend
26 Tanfield Railway – Small Locos Day
27 Rocks by Rail – Ironstone Quarry Railway Day
27 Tanfield Railway – NCB Locos Day
31 Wensleydale Railway – ‘Whirlwind Express’

Vintage & Transport Events

April

27 Abbey Pumping Station Museum – Steam with the Team
27/28 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway – Wartime in the Cotswolds
28 Amberley Museum – Bus Show
28 East Anglian Railway Museum – Drive-It Day
28 Great Central Railway (Nottingham) – April Road Transport Event

May

4-6 Foxfield Railway – Victorian Weekend
5 Abbey Pumping Station Museum – Emergency Services Day
5 Amberley Museum – Classic Motorcycle Show
5/6 Mid-Suffolk Light Railway – ‘Middy’ in the War Years
11 Amberley Museum – Mini Day
11/12 Beamish – Meccano Exhibition
11 Bluebell Railway – Toy & Rail Collectors Fair
11/12 Old Kiln Light Railway – A Village at War
11 Severn Valley Railway – Antiques Railshow
11/12 Spa Valley Railway – Transport Film Festival
11/12 Statfold Barn Railway – Giant Miniature Weekend
12 Bressingham – 1940s Day
12 Mid-Norfolk Railway – Vintage Coach & Bus Day
15 North Norfolk Railway – War on the Line
18/19 Amberley Museum – Home Front Weekend
18/19 Battlefield Line – Transport Event
18/19 Dean Forest – ’40s Weekend
18/19 Foxfield Railway – War Weekend
18/19 Hollycombe Steam in the Country – Steam in Miniature
18/19 Kent & East Sussex Railway – 1940s Weekend
18/19 Statfold Barn Railway – Antique & Collectors Fair
18/19 Tanfield Railway – Mining Heritage Weekend
19 Apedale Valley Light Railway – Potteries Bus Running Day
19 East Anglian Railway Museum – A Steamy Vintage Encounter
19 Head of Steam, Darlington – Vintage Vehicle Rally
19 Isle of Wight Steam Railway – IoW Festival of Transport
19/20 Old Kiln Light Railway – Double LL Club Rally
24-27 Churnet Valley Railway – Staffordshire at War 
25-27 Bala Lake Railway – Model Show
25-27 East Lancashire Railway – 1940s Weekend
25 Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway – Laurel & Hardy Day
26/27 Bala Lake Railway – Festival of Transport
26 Bressingham – Rover Car Rally
26 Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway – Steam & Classic Cars
26/27 East Anglian Railway Museum – Transport Extravaganza
26/27 Helston Railway – Return to the ’40s
26/27 North Norfolk Railway – Dad’s Army Live
26 Pecorama – Classic Vehicle Rally
27 Old Kiln Light Railway – Bus & Coach Rally
27 Rushden Historical Transport Museum – Motorbike Rally
31-June 2 Great Central Railway – 1940s Wartime Weekend
31/June 1 Talyllyn Railway – Vintage in the Valley

Real Ale Events

April

27 East Lancashire Railway – Guided Rail Ale Trail
26/27 Crewe Heritage Centre – Berries, Beans & Beer Festival
27 Epping Ongar Railway – Real Ale Train

May

3-6 Elsecar Heritage Railway – CAMRA Beer Festival
4-6 Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Real Ale Festival
16-18 Barrow Hill Roundhouse – Rail Ale
11 & 18 East Lancashire Railway – Guided Rail Ale Trails
17-19 Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways – Rail Ale
18 Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust – Real Ale Train
24-27 South Devon Railway – Spring Beer Festival
25 Caledonian Railway – Take the Sloe Train
25 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – Jazz & Real Ale on Rails
31/June 1 Avon Valley Railway – Beer Festival

Other Events

April

27/28 Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways – Volunteers Weekend

May

4-6 North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Behind the Scenes
25-27 Bluebell Railway – STEM Fair
25 Crewe Heritage Centre – Creative Crewe Locomotion Festival
25/26 Kirklees Light Railway – Volunteer Recruitment Weekend
25/26 Rother Valley Railway – Model Railway Exhibition

*Details correct at time of publication