Swanage Railway Steam Gala – The Works Outing

Ted chilling with the mugs at the Swanage Railway Steam Gala - The Works Outing

Swanage Railway Steam Gala – The Works Outing

The first steam gala of 2018 for the Swanage Railway was held over the 22/23/24 March and called ‘The Works Outing’.

This year’s event was a smaller affair than last years mega ‘Bulleid fest’.  That event saw 5 Bulleid locos in operation celebrating the 50th anniversary of the last steam trains on the Southern Region.

Steam Locos

The Works Outing steam gala was a purely home fleet gala featuring

  • 31806 – SR Mogul U Class
  • 30120 – LSWR T9
  • 80104 – BR Class 4MT
  • 34053 Sir Keith Park – SR Battle of Britain Class
  • 33012/D6515 – Class 33 working trains from Norden to the River Frome boundary

Train Running

Fridays Timetable seemed to run well without any major operating issues. Saturdays running was reasonably good but the Sunday suffered some delays. Enthusiast numbers seemed down to last year but is not surprising considering the huge Bulleid event was one of the best steam shows of 2017.

Galas and events featuring a ‘home only’ fleet always struggle to pull big crowds when comparing with bigger events that pull locos in from all over the country. That doesn’t mean the event is any less enjoyable. Any event with an intensive service is generally a good crowd pleaser. The costs associated with moving locos around the network means not every event can be massive.

The attendees seemed to have a great day so I would consider the gala a success.

New Products and Pictures

We had some more new products and pictures which were well received. The new enamel mugs and travel mugs were very popular.

Our latest Stuart Black designs were also well received. We now have a nice range of Stuart’s popular side profile drawings featuring many popular steam locos and a range of exclusively numbered diesel locos. These pictures are exclusively available on our products as we are the sole authorised supplier of these pictures on gift products.

Even though this was a steam event, Doris was happy to model a 50021 Rodney Polo Shirt and Indomitable crest Beanie Hat. Fair play to the steam punters who put their hands in their pockets to help support these two great Class 50s!

Au Revoir Swanage

Below is Bulleid Battle of Britian Class 34053 Sir Keith Park leaving Swanage with a flurry on the last nortbound service of the event.

All that was left after a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, was to pack the van and enjoy a quick portion of fish and chips on the seafront before the long drive home!

Battle of Britain Class 34053 Sir Keith Park Leaving Swanage

Every hard working bear deserves a treat!!

Thanks and Back Again Soon – You Can Be Too If You Win Our Competition!

A big thanks to all the volunteers and staff who made this a thoroughly enjoyable railway gala!

We will be back to the Swanage Railway for the May Diesel Gala.

You can join us too by entering our competition to win a one day rover ticket – competition entry details will be announced later this week!

All the best

Gary and Dawn

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