Ivatt Gala

Ivatt Gala

Since the restoration of Ivatt class 2 tank loco 41313 was completed there has been considerable interest shown in the possibility of pairing it with fellow class member 41312 which is normally based on the Mid Hants Railway. The East Somerset Railway is therefore delighted to have arranged for 41312 to visit the ESR for a special Ivatt Gala on Saturday 16th September.

Running the two tank engines together is probably a unique occurrence in preservation, as there are only 4 preserved engines and especially as they are consecutively numbered. These two and many others were also used extensively in the south of the country, extensively on branch lines in BR days, so are very appropriate for the ESR.

Ivatt Gala Timetable:

10.30am Passenger service 41313 + 41312
11.30am Passenger service 41312
12.30am Passenger service 46447
2.00pm* Passenger service 46447 + 41312
3.30pm* Passenger service 41312 + 41313
*Please note there will be limited seating on these two services.

Fares for this event will be Adults £12, Concessions £11 (over 60s & the disabled), Children £7 & Families £28.

In addition, the ESR’s “Driver for a Tenner” driving experiences will be offered at the engine shed on loco 46447 or 41313 and footplate rides at £5.

Lineside photographic permits will be on sale from the ticket office on the day, price £10, subject to the following conditions.
Anyone wishing to purchase a lineside permit will need to produce a valid Personal Track Safety card or certificate from an ESR approved organisation and attend a briefing. Briefings will be given at Cranmore from 9.30 on the day.
Approved, clean, orange hi-vis clothing/vest and appropriate footwear must be worn. Hi-vis is not provided.
The permit is not a ticket to ride for which a separate fare is payable.

Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T No.41313

41313 arrived at the East Somerset Railway in February 2015 looking rather rusty and forlorn but our dedicated workers in the ESR Workshop used their time and skills to overhaul this amazing locomotive and bring it back to full running order.

41313 was launched back into traffic on the 24th June 2017 and it was lovely to see so many people celebrating this historic day with us.

The shining engine hauled passenger trains throughout the day, plus several double headers with Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0 No.46447, which is based at the ESR but also belongs to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, like 41313.

41313 will remain at the ESR until September and steam with us on selected dates, before returning to the Isle of Wight.

The ESR wishes to thank all of our amazing volunteers for their hard work and giving up their time, it is very much appreciated.