Join us and celebrate our 40th Anniversary from 2nd to the 4th June 2017
Star attraction "Royal Scot No 46100" and Deltic '55 022 'Royal Scots Grey', currently running as 55 018 'Ballymoss
One day                 Two Day
Adult £25.00         Adult £38
Senior £20            Senior £38 
Child £12              Child £18
Family £ £62        Family £ 94    



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Date: Friday, June 2, 2017

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Join us and celebrate our 40th Anniversary from 2nd to the 4th June 2017 

It all started in 1977...

In the late 1960s and early 70s steam locomotives, once a familiar sight, vanished from Britain’s railways and locally the Peterborough East station vanished as did the Spital and New England loco sheds.   Naturally Peterborough people became fascinated with the concept of ‘their own’ steam railway, brought about by Richard Paten who brought a British Railways standard class 5 locomotive No. 73050 that was the catalyst for a group of steam buffs to form together, eventually to become Nene Valley Railway.   On the 1st June 1977 the very first passenger train, hauled by a French Nord, and Swedish tank locomotive No. 1178 pulling a rake of ex-BR electrical multiple unit coaches.   The seed was sown for the next 40 years and beyond

On 1st June 2017 the Railway celebrates 40 years since the opening of the NVR and to celebrate this anniversary year, popular locomotive,  LMS No 46100 “Royal Scot” and Deltic '55 022 'Royal Scots Grey', currently running as 55 018 'Ballymoss will pay a visit and haul passenger services on the line. 

“Royal Scot” was built in 1927 and was the first in a new breed of steam locomotives, built by the LMS for their fastest passenger services from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.  In 1950 she was rebuilt by British Railways and went on to serve another 12 years in traffic on the West Coast Main Line. The “Royal Scot” was eventually retired in October 1962. After a major overhaul, “Royal Scot” returned to steam in September 2015, making a successful main line debut on December 22nd and 23rd with test runs from Crewe to Carnforth and return. She hauled her first main line passenger train for over fifty years on February 6th 2016 from Crewe to Holyhead. “Royal Scot” will be at the Nene Valley Railway from 2nd to 4th June and a ‘Royal Scot Jolly Fisherman’ Fish and Chips service will operate on 2nd June, with early booking for this service being strongly recommended.  See below for more details.

Deltic Driving Courses
Drive Deltic '55 022 'Royal Scots Grey', currently running as 55 018 'Ballymoss, Booking is required
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3rd & 4th June

Anniversary Gala Weekend

Join us as we open our doors and celebrate 40 years of the Nene Valley Railway

Visiting Locomotives

Royal Scot No 46100
Deltic No '55 022 'Royal Scots Grey', currently running as 55 018 'Ballymoss'

Home Fleet Locomotives

  • 34081 92 Squadron
  • Hudswell Clarke No 1800 Thomas
  • Class 31 No 31271
  • Class 14 


  •  Double Headed services
  •  Two Train service, Main train and Local stopper
  •  Licensed Buffet Cars on all our trains with Real Ale
  •  Turntable Café serving hot/cold food and refreshments from 8:30
  •  Wansford Gift Shop and Second-Hand Bookshop open all weekend
  •  Visit our Workshop viewing gallery and see the restoration of our flagship locomotive Standard Class 5 No 73050 City of Peterborough
  •  Ale on Rail

Classic Bus Services Sunday 4th Only

Classic Bus services will operate an hourly service from Wansford from 11:30 to 15:30 with a London Transport Routemaster and a London Country single deck Guy special.


Brake Van Rides

Ride the Fletton Branch on our Brake vans behind Class 31 No 31217 celebrating 60 years in service around the Peterborough area since 1957, take the opportunity to travel on this unique section of the Nene Valley Railway
Tickets are £5.00 if in possession of a gala ticket or £10 if not in a possession of a gala ticket, Minimum age to travel in 16 and no wheelchair access in available. Tickets must be purchased from Orton Mere Station only.

Trade Stands

BBLS 34081 "92 Squadron"
Sir Nigel Gresley
Airframed (Sunday only)
B 17 Trust
B&E Models
Patriot Project (Saturday only)
'Deltic 22 - Royal Scots Grey
Holden F5 Steam Locomotive Trust
GDMK Images
Norski Noo's Gallery




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.



General Funding

The NVR is always striving to improve its facilities and collections.