Navigating through the plethora of other Diesel Galas, Peak Rail events and Chatsworth House venues, its lets say something of a minefield, but we have come up with two weekends that hopefully don't coincide with too much else going on, unless something else is advertised in the future or you know better?
Sadly PLEG (Preserved Loco Enthusiasts), are no more and the site has been closed down and their membership advised to join the Branchline Society a like minded group. We would therefore advise to have a look/see at their website for forthcoming events, hopefully they will advertise our Gala dates as well. After saying all of this please don't let this stop you widely advertising our Galas, to friends, fellow spotters and Bashers: anyone else who may be interested.
The income from these is a major part of the annual funds we need to keep us ticking over, so here we go!!
Sat/Sun May 23rd & 24th
Heritage Shunters Trust
The "Oh No! not Another Gala", Gala!
A varied assortment of Shunters from our Spectacular Collection will be working for your delight over the two days.Barring any unforeseen difficulties, at least eight shunters will be working each day of the Gala.
These will be selected from the following;
D2953, D2854, D2139, 03113, 03099, D2205, D2284, D2587, D2420, 07001, PWM654, D9525 and "Bigga" our industrial loco,with 08016 acting as the Thunderbird Loco. Nearer the weekend we will be announcing a definitive list of locos working.
Please note as far as possible all the locos chosen to work will work both days, in pairs or singly, topping and tailing on our brakevans. (We are unable to provide a comprehensive list of what order or what time they will work. This is due to the complexity of shunting manouvres, changing locos etc., in the limited amount of track/room we have to do this in). We can guarantee though, an enjoyable day /days hosted by like minded enthusiasts, and that all locos rostered will work on the day of your visit.
Sat/Sun August 22nd &23rd
Heritage Shunters Trust,
The "Return of the Shunter Hunter" Gala
Always popular with our faithful customers another
Shunter Hunter Gala, with a mixed bag of diverse traction.
We are hoping to debut either D2289 or D2229, depending on our ever present workload. There are also prospects of 09001 coming back into the pool of working locos. We will have to see how things develop. Please see details for our May gala, for the rostering conditions and the pool of locos we will be selecting from. We do plan to roster at least 8 locos on this event, but with some differences to our earlier Gala. More details to follow.
Ticket prices have been kept at £16 for a day rover, with an addition of £25 for a weekend rover. To keep our costs down, payment will be cash on the day, or you may pre- book your tickets, further details to follow, shortly.
New for 2020 is a reduction on each Gala day of £2 for all valid, current members of HST.
Please bring your membership card for proof of entitlement.
We will also be having a lunch break each event day, with budget priced hot drinks and snacks,(and the ever popular Hot Dogs!), available in our cabin. Alternatively you may use this time to visit the well appointed cafe on Rowsley station for snacks, drinks and hot meals.(Our running shed will be closed during this break).