Q6 for Autumn Steam Gala!
Second centenarian joins Autumn Steam Gala
If you've visited us this weekend, you may have
seen our surprise Autumn Steam Gala announcement!
We're excited to welcome Q6 No. 63395 to the
Railway from September 20th - 23rd, to star alongside fellow 100-year-old
locomotive No. 2857.
The Q6 was an unglamorous freight workhorse that
plied the tracks of the north east of England for 50 years. Remarkably, along
with the class J27s, it was one of the very few pre-Grouping steam locomotives
to survive right up to the end of steam on the Eastern Region of British Railways.
Capturing the imagination of countless enthusiasts
in the final days of steam operation in County Durham and Northumberland, one
of the last survivors, No. 63395, became the subject of a purchase appeal by
the Newcastle-based North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group, which had
successfully acquired a J27, No. 65894, in December 1967.
No. 63395 will star alongside alongside already-confirmed attendee express locomotive No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland.
Look out for more announcements soon...
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