Beamish Steam Gala 2022

Join us for this special transport-themed weekend as we play host to around 20 road steam engines and rollers, along with around 25 internal combustion vehicles.

The Waggonway, Colliery Railway and narrow gauge lines will also be in operation throughout the weekend.

Talisman Fowler steam engine to visit Beamish

We’re excited to announce that Talisman, a Fowler B6, alongside a number of fellow Fowler road locomotives, will be taking part in road-haulage runs around the museum. Talisman has been built from scratch and is a recreation of a Fowler B6 Big Lion road locomotive, taking six years to build by Alex Sharphouse.

Highlights include:

  • Fowler B6 Talisman will be making its much anticipated Beamish debut and will be joined by a number of accompanying Fowler road locomotives hauling a heavy haulage load around the museum.
  • On the narrow gauge railway we will be welcoming back Kerr Stuart 0-4-0ST Peter Pan, celebrating its centenary year and recent overhaul.
  • Steam traction engine Providence will be hauling Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society locomotive Whillan Beck.
  • Chat to members of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society about the locomotives and Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in the Colliery Yard, where they will be displaying steam locomotive Katie on our Albion flatbed lorry.
  • Stone Crusher displays in The Colliery area, with the crusher driven by a portable engine.
  • See the home fleet of Beamish locomotives running, including Puffing Billy at The 1820s Waggonway and Coffee Pot, Peckett N°1370, Samson and Glyder on The Colliery railways.
  • The Friends of Beamish will be operating a selection of the museum’s extensive Edwardian cycle and motorcycle collection throughout the event.


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

From Wednesday, 30th March, no booking is required from 1pm onwards. Visitors will still need to pre-book for 10am, 11am and 12pm timeslots to help us manage the flow of visitors through our Entrance building during our busiest times, but from 30th March if you are visiting from 1pm onwards, you can just turn up and won’t need to pre-book (last admission is one hour before closing time).

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