Heritage Steam Gala
A celebration of steam at Bressingham Steam Museum.
Full Steam Weekend - Guest 2ft Locomotives - Traction Engine Gathering
Official launch of 2 restored locomotives - Standard Gauge Railway Rides
Full Steam-Up Weekend:
Bressingham Steam Museum will be hosting its annual Heritage Steam Gala over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend celebrating the return to steam of 2 historic engines.
Standard gauge loco 'Martello' (Left) Quarry Hunslet 2ft loco 'Gwynedd' (Right)
Bressingham is proud to be able to launch two of the oldest locomotives in England back into steam service for 2017. We are excited to present Port class quarry Hunslet 316 “Gwynedd” of 1883 in original later Penrhyn Railway livery for the first time in preservation. We are equally pleased to present A1X class standard gauge locomotive number B662 “Martello” built in 1875 in Southern Railways livery for the first time since 1948.
This special weekend will see guest 2ft narrow gauge locomotives visiting Bressingham. Quarry Hunslet ‘Hugh Napier’ (built in 1904) will be visiting Bressingham for the whole weekend. Hugh Napier is based at the Ffestiniog Railway but is part of the National Trust Collection. Also visiting Bressingham for the weekend is Quarry Hunslet ‘Maid Maid’ (built in 1903) from the Bala Lake Railway in Wales. Interestingly Maid Marion has been at Bressingham before as she was one of the early fleet of 2ft engines at the museum running from 1967 – 1971.
Quarry Hunslet 2ft loco 'Hugh Napier' (Left) (Photo courtesy of ffestipedia.org.uk) Quarry Hunslet 2ft loco 'Maid Marian' (Right) (Photo courtesy of maidmarianlocomotivefund.org.uk)
The visiting 2ft locomotives will be joining the home fleet of engines for an intensive service which will include demonstration freight trains and some double heading. Large Quarry Hunslet locomotive “George Sholto”, Port class Quarry Hunslet ‘Gwynedd’ and Bressingham built locomotive ‘Bevan’ will be in steam all weekend.
The Heritage Steam Gala also features a small Traction Engine Rally. Bressingham's Garrett Steam Tractor 'Bunty', Burrell Steam Roller 'Buster' and Burrell Portable engine will be in operation all weekend and will be joined by a variety of guest Traction engines.
Confirmed attending visiting engines:
Aveling & Porter E-Type 10 Ton Roller built in 1921.
Wallis & Stevens 10 Ton 'Advance' Roller built in 1927.
Ransome & Jefferies traction engine 'Gariock Queen. SA4253. No. 31298.
Foden D Type Timber Tractor 'Perseverence' built in 1928.
Ransome & Jefferies argicultural traction engine 'Cheiftain' built in 1903.
Wallis & Stevens traction engine 'Wanda' built in 1924 (Part of the Strumpshaw collection).
Burrell Steam Roller built in 1927 (Part of Thetford's Charles Burrell Museum collection).
Burrell Showmans engine 'Queen Mary' built in 1920 (Part of Thetford's Charles Burrell Museum collection).
A recently restored Clayton and Shuttleworth logburning portable engine based in Malaysia. Restored by Wheeler Steam. (Probably its only public steaming before returning to Malaysia)!
Garrett Traction engine 'Felsted Belle': No7 single, works No. 32936, built in 1916.
Aveling & Porter steam tractor 'Margaret' built in 1913 No 7898 (Attending Saturday and Sunday only).
Last update 24.4.2017
There will also be some vintage fire engines from Norfolk Fire Museum in attendance throughout the weekend.