Real treat for railway enthusiasts on September 10-11

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RAILWAY enthusiasts are in for a treat with the latest Steam Gala to take place at Nene Valley Railway.

The two-day gala kicks off tomorrow when visitors can enjoy an exciting event which aims to evoke the steam age.

There will be regular steam hauled trains passing through the event, including the 71000 Duke of Gloucester, GWR Hall No 4936 Kinlet Hall and Austerity No.22,

The home fleet engines appearing are the City of Peterborough – 73050 and Hudswell Clarke engine 0-6-0T – 1800.

Throughout the event there will be a host of other attractions. The 71000 and 73050 will meet and double head for the first time since the locomotives were seen together at the International Railway Congress in Willesden, London, in May 1954. There will be freight trains, a Mark 1 carriage set and a travelling post office in operation, A steam crane will be in action at Wansford and a vintage bus service will run around local villages.

Visitors can also browse the trade stalls, tour the wagon sheds and see the restoration of the 34081 92 Squadron.

The steam gala runs on Saturday September 10 and Sunday 11. Admission is £11 per day for children and £22 for adults or £17 and £34 for a two-day pass. Family tickets are available.

To find out more call Nene Valley Railway 01780 784444 or visit www.nvr.org.uk