Modern Railways plans GBRF gala at the Nene Valley Railway

Join us for a a special gala weekend based around Peterborough and the Nene Valley Railway on September 7/8 2024. This brand-new one-off event for 2024 is being organised by Modern Railways with support from sister publication Hornby Magazine. Find our more and book your advance tickets here.

GBRf Class 66s will be operating at the GB Railfreight Gala Weekend at the Nene Valley Railway.

Above: Modern Railways is partnering with GB Railfreight, the Nene Valley Railway, CrossCountry and Hornby Magazine to create a special GB Railfreight Gala Weekend at the Nene Valley Railway on September 7/8 2024. The event will include the chance to ride behind GBRf freight locomotives and much more!

The gala follows on from Modern Railways’ involvement in charity railtours with CrossCountry over the last two years. GB Railfreight will be supporting the event and will be providing a range of visiting locomotives to haul trains at the Nene Valley Railway on both days of the gala, giving the opportunity to sample a range of traction types from its fleet. Details of the locomotives to be supplied will be confirmed in due course, but are expected to included examples of Class 47, 60, 66 and 69.

The freight operator will also be offering the opportunity to look behind the scenes at its Peterborough headquarters in a series of pre-booked tours (numbers will be limited). On Friday 6 September, GBRf is also looking to make a locomotive available to offer driver experience opportunities on the NVR. Numbers will be limited to just ten places and these can be pre-booked online through Key Publishing.

GBRf Class 69 69009 Western Consort.

Above: An example of the popular Class 69 will be part of the line up for the GB Railfreight event at the Nene Valley Railway on September 7/8 2024. The exact locomotives are to be confirmed nearer the time of the event.

Other activities planned over the weekend include rail ale trains, live music and a selection of modern image model railway layouts at Wansford station from the Hornby Magazine/Key Model World stable - look out for more information soon.

Plans are in development for a passenger shuttle service to operate between Peterborough main line station and the NVR on Saturday 7 September, with details to be confirmed.

Funds raised from the gala will support the work of the MS Society, which provides support to those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis. GB Railfreight will donate funds raised from its site tours to its charity partner Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Modern Railways is grateful for the support of our event partners at GB Railfreight and the Nene Valley Railway for making this one-off event possible.

Find out more about this brand-new one-off event for 2024 here.