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Events that are extraordinary or significant are posted here.

Regular events are in the Calendar section


The 2024 London - Brighton Run

May 12th 2024

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has published its timetables for 2024, including special events. 
Festival of Steam 27, 28 April, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 May

Join us for three weekends of big steam action, featuring star guest locomotives, our challenging gradients and a final farewell!
Over the three weekends the following locomotives will feature:
STAR GUEST LOCOMOTIVE, London Midland and Scottish Railway, Stanier Jubilee class locomotive 45690 LEANDER making its last steamings of its current boiler certificate, courtesy of the Beet family
Guest locomotive, recreated Great Western Railway Saint class locomotive 2999 LADY OF LEGEND, courtesy of the Great Western Society
Great Western Railway Hall class locomotive 4953 Pitchford Hall
Great Western Railway priarie locomotive, L150 (5521) in London Transport maroon livery
Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0 saddle tank, number 3437 "Isabel"
Some locomotives will only operate on certain days. See individual events for details.
All trains will be running in conjunction with our fleet of vintage London buses, which will provide connections with Epping Underground (Central Line, zone 6) and Shenfield National Rail stations.

Operating days of individual locomotives:

A Great Western weekend, sees recreated Saint class locomotive 2999 Lady of Legend and our own Hall class locomotive, 4953 Pitchford Hall, working our services. Expect to see both locomotives working trains on their own and double headed.

All 5 locomotives are expected to be in action with an intensive service operating, including trains into the evening on Saturday

This weekend will see LMS Jubilee 45690 Leander working its final services on its current boiler certificate. Join us for a farewell weekend. It is expected that Leander will be joined by another of our home fleet of locomotives.

Watercress Line

Spring Steam Gala

26 - 28 APRIL 2024

Bluebell Railway

Branch Line Gala Weekend!

May 10th and 12th 2024.

Get ready for the return of one of our most popular events of the year at The Bluebell Railway, welcoming back for 2024 our Branch Line Gala Weekend! This event is a must for all fans of branch line railways, providing a chance to see unique, smaller locomotives in live action between May 10th and 12th 2024.

Not just that, we’ll be hosting a range of distinctive visiting guest engines for the event, along with an assortment of special trains for your enjoyment. What’s more, you’ll appreciate an extensive timetable throughout the three-day gala, featuring exciting double header trains and freight trains that offer a glimpse into the transport history of the railways.

Swanage Railway


10TH May-12TH May 2024



18TH & 19TH MAY 2024

Step back in time for a weekend of steam powered demonstrations and vintage fairground fun! Traction engines, road rollers, steam wagons, showman’s engines, crane engines and more… bringing Horsted Keynes station to life with recreations of a bygone age.

See how road building, wood sawing, timber haulage and thrashing were carried out in the early 1900s. Watch as steam wagons and pantechnicons arrive with goods to be unloaded for onward rail transport and larger loads are craned into wagons. Experience vintage fairground rides, enjoy an ice cream and watch miniature steam displays in the paddock, with a fabulous view of the  passenger trains passing by.

Mid-Norfolk Railway

 Spring Diesel Gala 2024

25th, 26th & 27th May 2024

The Swanage Railway

Running from Friday 7 June to Sunday 9 June 2024.


34070 'Manston'

34028 'Eddystone'

34072 '257 Squadron'

34092 'City of Wells'

34081 '92 Squadron'

35006 'Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co.

Almost all the trains will also be running four miles beyond Norden station - via Furzebrook - to the River Frome which is within sight of Wareham and half a mile short of Worgret Junction where the Swanage Railway meets the Weymouth to London main line.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Diesel Gala

Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June

 Mid-Norfolk Railway

Summer Steam Event 2024
28th, 29th & 30th June 2024

Spa Valley Railway

Summer Steam Gala

12th, 13th and 14th July

Summer Steam Up returns over the weekend of 12th, 13th and 14th July, this event will feature Bulleid Pacific's 34072 '257 Squadron' and 34053 'Sir Keith Park', Caledonian Railway Class 812 No. 828 and hopefeully a visiting locomotive hauling trains between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge. This will be an intensive weekend of steam train action through the High Weald.

Watercress Line

Diesel Gala

12-14 JULY 2024
JULY 13-14, 2024

The first Woodcote Veteran Transport Rally was staged as a one-day event in 1964, donating the sum of £150 from the proceeds to the Village Hall Management Committee. As it was the intention to repeat the event in the future, a sub-committee of the Village Hall Management Committee was formed for this purpose, thereby avoiding any tax implications on the profit.

In 1971 the Woodcote Charitable Association was formed segregating the Rally from the Village Hall Management Committee. The Association was registered as a charitable organisation with the Charity Commission. The Charitable Association’s committee then appointed a committee to organise the Rally. As the years went by the size of the event grew with more exhibits and entertainments and from 1974 it became a two-day event.

The Sandtoft Gathering 2024
28 July 2024

Spa Valley Railway

Summer Diesel Gala
2nd, 3rd & 4th August 2024

Watercress Line

Autumn Steam Gala
4 - 6 OCTOBER 2024


Giants Of Steam

October 11th to 13th 2024
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