A FOUR-day celebration of steam locomotives is promising to be bigger and better than ever when it takes place later this month.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is hosting its annual steam gala from September 26 to 29, to celebrate the invention of the locomotive train.

During the event, visitors can enjoy a host of railway-themed activities.

For the first time in the steam gala’s history, North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) will be taking over the event on Thursday, September 26, with a celebration of its locomotives, drivers and cleaners.

Chris Price, the NYMR’s general manager, said: “NELPG was formed in 1966 to preserve examples of the last two remaining classes of North Eastern Railway freight locomotives, which were then still operating in the North East of England.

“This was successfully achieved, and the locomotives were restored by the charity’s volunteers before they went to the NYMR where they continue to operate.

“Like NYMR, NELPG is a registered charity and both organisations charitable aims are to preserve the golden age of steam for all to enjoy.

“This is a great extension to the annual steam gala and showcases the stunning engines that have been carefully restored and cared for by the group.”

With more than 15 locomotives, including guest engines Union of South Africa and 6990 Witherslack Hall, the event is set to be bigger and better than ever before.

Levisham and Goathland Stations will host the annual Steam Gala Beer Festival and families can enjoy Peter’s Railway - Young Engineer’s Centre in Pickering, an interactive science and engineering exhibition.

Chris added: “This is an event not to be missed.”

Tickets for the NELPG Steam Gala on Thursday, September 26, start from £12.50 for children, £25 for adults and family of four tickets start from £52.

For information and to book tickets, visit nymr.co.uk