Spring Steam Gala – Sunday 5th March 2017

5th Mar 2017 - 10.00

Spring Steam Gala – Sunday 5th March 2017

Along Birkenhead Lines Gala – Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th March 2017

Celebrating the end of the Paddington to Woodside Expresses 50 Years On!

The Llangollen Railway’s ‘Along Birkenhead Lines’ Gala will be taking place over three days from Friday 3rd March to Sunday 5th March 2017.
Featuring an intensive timetable of both passenger and mixed traffic trains, a great collection of historic steam locomotives and special attractions taking place along the line, our Spring Gala has something for all railway enthusiasts and families alike.
The weekend marks the 50th anniversary of two significant events: the last steam-hauled ‘Cambrian Coast Express’ and 50 years since the last through working from London Paddington to Birkenhead (Woodside). Work is in hand to make this Gala one of the most historically accurate and authentic steam events yet achieved at Llangollen. Expect to see cameos, displays, recreations and all the appropriate paper ephemera!
The gala will feature a number of special visiting steam locomotives :
  • LMS 8F No.48624 (c/o The 48624 Locomotive Group & GCR PLC)
  • GWR No.6960 “Raveningham Hall” (c/o West Somerset Railway)
  • LMS ‘Flying Pig’ No.43106 (c/o The Ivatt Class 4 Group & Severn Valley Railway)
In addition, the Llangollen Railway’s ‘home fleet’ pool of locos for this event will be:
  • LMS ‘Black 5’ No.45337 (making her return after overhaul)
  • BR Standard Four tank No. 80072
  • GWR ‘5101’ Large Prairie No.5199
  • BR Manor No. 7822 “Foxcote Manor”
  • Class 03 Diesel No.03162 (a former Birkenhead shunter)

Did You Know? Our visiting Ivatt Class 4MT 43106 was the last BR steam locomotive to travel between Chester and Shrewsbury, on 1st August 1968.

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All attractions and locomotives are subject to availability. LR reserves the right to cancel or amend any attraction or service.


One Day Rover – Advance – Adults – £23, Senior – £20, Child – £12, Family (2 adults & 2 children)– £50

One Day Rover – On the day – Adults – £25, Senior – £22, Child – £16, Family (2 adults & 2 children)– £60

Standard Return (not available to pre book)  – Adult – £18, Senior – £16, Child – £10, Family – £48.