Autumn Transport Gala

9th & 10th September 2023

From bikes to buses, traction engines to tractors, steam engines to Sentinels, there’ll be lots of amazing vehicles on show at Beamish’s Autumn Transport Gala, Saturday, 9th & Sunday, 10th September 2023!

Transport of all types and sizes will be in action around the museum site as well as on display in several locations around the museum.

Visiting us will be ex-Durham County Water Board narrow gauge steam engine Ogwen, which once worked the extensive Burnhope Dam construction in the 1930s. It was named Durham during its time there, and worked alongside resident Beamish locomotive, Glyder. This will be the first time Ogwen (Durham) and Glyder (named Grey during its time at Burnhope) have worked together in Durham since the mid-1930s! Special thanks to Martyn Ashworth for the loan of Ogwen.

Also visiting our narrow gauge railway will be No. 1238 Ashanti, courtesy of the Moseley Railway Trust. No. 1238 previously visited us back in 2016, but is now in the final stages of its current boiler ticket and making a number of guest appearances at railways around the country. We look forward to welcoming 1238 back again!

Additional highlights include:

  • Selection of visiting vintage vehicles including cars, motorcycles, bikes, lorries and buses.
  • See the home fleet of Beamish locomotives running, including Puffing Billy at The 1820s Waggonway and Coffee Pot, Samson and Glyder on The Colliery railways.
  • The Friends of Beamish will be operating a selection of the museum’s extensive vehicle collection throughout the event.
  • The museum’s tram and bus fleet will be in service.

As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to enjoy this special event.

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Beamish reserves the right to alter or change this programme at any point.