Join the NVR as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the final operation of steam hauled services on British Railways Southern Region with Battle of Britain Class No 34081 92 Squadron and 34053 Sir Keith Park
25th & 26th February 2017
Join the NVR as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the final operation of steam hauled services on British Railways Southern Region
The summer of 1967 is remembered for many things. We could watch colour television for the first time as well use the UK's first cashpoint. On the music front Sandie Shaw won the Eurovision Song Contest with Puppet On A String, while The Kinks released their classic hit ‘Waterloo Sunset’. Railway enthusiasts however will remember 1967 for a Waterloo Sunset of a different type. The curtain was falling on steam out of Waterloo and the last steam worked express passenger services in the UK on the line to Bournemouth and Weymouth. Bulleid Pacifics were still in charge of the prestige Pullman service, the Bournemouth Bellle, as well as other crack express trains. Steam mania gripped the south of England as steam went out in a blaze of glory with many 100+ mph runs being recorded. Then on Sunday 9th July 1967 it all came to an end, the steam sheds at Nine Elms, Salisbury, Bournemouth and Weymouth (amongst other) fell silent and steam on the Southern became just a memory.
Bulleid 50 will see two Bulleid Class locomotives come together for the first time.
Battle of Britain Class No 34081 92 Squadron and 34053 Sir Keith Park
Be the first to travel behind 34081 as she returns to service after overhaul
Travel behind 34053 Sir Keith Park
34081 will not be carrying nameplates prototypical for many Bulleid Light Pacifics - 34081 ran unnamed from entering traffic in 1948 until April 1950.
Brake Van Rides
Main Train service,with Mk1 coaches
Licensed Buffet Cars on all our trains.
Turntable Café serving hot/cold food and refreshments from 8:30
Wansford Gift Shop and Second-Hand Bookshop open all weekend
Bulleid Brake Van Rides
Ride behind a Bulleid on our Brake Vans hauled by either 34081 or 34053 to Yarwell and return, take the opportunity to travel on this unique section of the Nene Valley Railway
Tickets are £5.00 if in possession of a Rover ticket or £10 if not in a possession of a Rover ticket, Minimum age to travel in 16 and no wheelchair access in available. Tickets must be purchased from Wansford Station only. Brake van rides will operate at 10:45, 12:00, 13:35, 14:50.
Bulleids, Boat Trains and The Night Ferry
Stop off at Ferry Meadows and view our new exhibition. Some of the heaviest trains on Southern metals were the legendary boat trains, often hauled by OVS Bulleid's finest engines. From the glamorous Golden Arrow to the famous Cunarder and the mysterious Night Ferry, this new free exhibition will give a brief glimpse into the former splendour of these trains. Particular focus is given to The Night Ferry, Britain's only Continental through train. The display will be in our Wagons-Lits dining car and former Alberg-Orient Express and Nord Express sleeping car, which is fitting bearing in mind Wagons-Lits initiated and operated the Night Ferry. (The Wagons-Lits vehicles are subject to their relocation to Ferry Meadows before the weekend. If this does not occur the exhibition will be in other accommodation at Ferry Meadows.)
Take to the regulator, drive and fire 34053 Sir Keith Park
This exciting package includes theory and practical driving of 34053 in which you will receive an hour's tuition and an hour on the footplate of 34053 without rolling stock. During the hour on the footplate, two of you will take it in turns to drive and fire the locomotive for a total distance of approximately 15 miles. You'll enjoy drinks, a meal, membership to the Nene Valley Railway and souvenirs of your unforgettable day. Click here for more details
The Jolly Fisherman 24th February
SORRY SOLD OUT
Fish, Chips and Steam! Enjoy a nostalgic evening of steam on board our train hauled by a steam locomotive with a good old-fashioned fish and chip supper, complemented by evening views of the picturesque Nene Valley.
34053 locomotive is provided with thanks to Southern Locomotives Limited and Severn Valley Railway.
Old Station Building
To raise the funds to renovate the Grade 2 Listed station building, including fees, making secure and safe and returning to it's original condition.
The NVR is always striving to improve its facilities and collections.