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Heritage Steam Gala

A celebration of steam at Bressingham Steam Museum.

Sat 4 May 2019 to Mon 6 May 2019

2018 details below, to be updayed for 2019.

The highlight of Bressingham's events calendar where there will be over 20 engines in steam each day over this special Bank Holiday Weekend!

The 2018 Gala will officially welcome vertical boiler 2ft locomotive 'Fernilee' to Bressingham. This engine has joined the Bressingham Collection on loan and will be seen throughout the weekend performing a number of duties on the Fen Railway.


The museum will be joined by a number of visiting traction engines and steam rollers over weekend. We are expecting the following engines to be at Bressingham (provisional and more to be confirmed):

1. Marshall 7nhp traction engine built in 1928. Visiting from the Strumpshaw Collection. Reg No. VF4183

2. 'The Duchess' a Burrell 7nhp Traction engine built in 1912. Works No.3420 Reg. No. AH5607.

3. Fowell & Co. Traction engine built in cambridgeshire in 1922. Works No.108. This is the first time the engine will have been seen steaming in public for 41 years! It is reputedly one of only seven surviving Fowell & Co. traction engines.

4. 'Perserverance' Foden Type D Timber Tractor built in 1928. Works No.13068. Reg No. EU3764.

5. Garrett No.7 Single traction engine. Works No.32936. Reg No. ER603.

6. 'Bessie' Marshall Traction engine built in 1922. Works No. 75077. Reg No. BJ7640. 

7. 'Oliver' Ruston and Hornsby general purpose traction engine built in 1920. 

8. 1927 Wallis and Steevens 'Advance' 10 Ton Roller. Works No. 7909. Reg No. BF7925.

9. 'Queen Mary' Burrell Showman's Engine built in 1920. Works No. 1498, Reg No. BR1498. (Visting from the neighbouring Charles Burrell Museum in Thetford). Queen Mary will be generating for the lighting set on our Gallopers roundabout throughout the weekend. (Please note Queen Mary is due to be roading to Bressingham on the Saturday so will not arrive at the museum until Saturday afternoon).

10. Fowler Ploughing Engine 'Cissie' built in 1917. Works No. 15237. Reg No. CF 3412.

11. Aveling and Porter 10 Ton e-type Single cylinder piston valve roller built in  1921. Works No.10126, Reg No. FX8651. 

12. Marshall 7NHP Single Cylinder Agricultural Traction engine built in 1909. Makers No. 52483.

13. Wallis and Steevens General Purpose traction engine 'Wanda', built in 1924. Works No. 7801. Reg No. PU 3378. Visiting from the Strumpshaw Collection.

There will also be some miniature engines in steam too! 

Please note that we are no longer accepting entries to the Gala.

Bressingham Steam Museum will be running all of its steamable collection which includes the following:

Standard Gauge Railway: 

Southern Railway Terrier Tank locomotive 'Martello' built in 1875.

The Fen Railway (2ft gauge):

Quarry Hunselt 'Gwynedd' built in 1893.

Quarry Hunslet 'Sholto'  built in 1909.

'Bevan' a Bressingham Workshop built locomotive completed in 2011.

The Garden Railway (10 1/4" gauge):

'Alan Bloom' No.1 built by Bressingham Engineer Philip Gray in 1995.

The Waveney Railway (15" gauge)

‘St Christopher’ a 2-6-2T locomotive built in 2001 by Exmoor Steam Railway. 

 Non Railway engines: 

‘Bunty’ a Garrett Steam Tractor  No. 34641. Reg. mark CF 5913, built in 1924.

‘Buster’ a Burrell Steam Roller No. 3993.  Reg. mark CF 5646 also built in 1924. 

The Cochrane Boiler Powering the following engines:

Sir William Arroll & Co. Horizontal Pumping Engine 

Easton & Anderson Beam Pumping Engine

Marshall – Horizontal Engine


Norfolk Fire Museum will also be in attendance with a couple of their vintage fire engines!

Please keep checking website for further updates ..... 

n.b. In some earlier magazine adverts we stated that 2ft locomotive 'Kidbrooke' would be joining us for the Gala. Unfortuantley Kidbrooke is no longer able to attend due to logistical reasons. 

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