Keighley Ivatt to Appear at North Norfolk Gala

Ivatt 2-6-2T No 41241 is set to make a rare appearance away from Keighley & Worth Valley Railway metals as guest locomotive at the North Norfolk Railway’s Spring Steam Gala on 1, 2 & 3 April.

41241 is a preservation pioneer, having moved to Keighley under her own steam in 1967 after barely 18 years’ service with British Railways.

She hauled the re-opening special on the line in June 1968 having acquired her eye-catching red livery as, at the time, preserved locomotives could not carry BR colour schemes.

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The 1949-built locomotive will be in action on all three days of the event which will feature an intensive service of passenger and good trains, selected double-heading, non-stop expresses and other unusual workings.

Five engines will be in steam each day with four of the line’s home fleet joining 41241 to give a different combination each day.

Resident motive power will be drawn from centenarian GER Class Y14 No. 564;  Somerset & Dorset 7F No. 53809 dating from 1925; 1957-built BR Standard 4MT No. 76084; plus powerful 2-10-0 locomotives, BR Standard 9F No. 92203 “Black Prince” and War Department No. 90775 “The Royal Norfolk Regiment”.

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The North Norfolk’s recently-repainted 4-car suburban set will be amongst the rolling stock in use while the line’s magnificently restored vintage train of four- and six- wheeled carriages, some dating from Victorian times, will also make an appearance.

Additionally, a mixed train of passenger stock and goods wagons is scheduled to operate each day recapturing an almost-forgotten feature of rural railways.

One, two and three day rover tickets are available for the special event which sees trains running from approximately 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and until 5:00 pm on Sunday. 

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One day tickets are £22.50 when booked in advance while two days unlimited travel is £40.00 and the full three days will cost just £55.00.

Commercial Manager, Graham Hukins, commented “The Steam Gala delivers over 9 hours of on track entertainment each day so is perfect for photographers, enthusiasts, families and day-trippers alike.

We are looking forward to welcoming 41241 as she will be a first time visitor to the line and we expect her distinctive red livery to prove popular with visitors.” 

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The gala heralds the start of the North Norfolk Railway’s daily running season which will see steam trains operating every day until 30 October. Full details can be found at

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