The Railway held its second Enthusiast Gala on the 15th & 16th September 2006. This years event saw the added attraction of five visiting locomotives. These included SR&RL Number 24, Mountaineer and Effie from the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway along with Smokey Joe and a small Lister from the Sherwood Forest Railway.
Trains were hauled by the visiting locomotives and our home fleet of Fox, Badger, Hawk, Owl and Jay. An added attraction was the first appearance in public use of our new design of carriage which was passed by the railway inspectorate the previous weekend.
The gala also saw the release of the Railway Souvenir Guide produced by the Friends.
The gala featured an intensive working timetable that saw two rakes of 5 coaches operate every half an hour between Clayton West and Shelley. In addition to this the Shatterers Shuttle once again operated between Clayton West and Skelmanthorpe and 2007 saw the introduction of an additional shuttle service between Shelley Station and Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel.
On Saturday evening our "Night Hawk" service ran behind Number 24 at 18:00 and the remaining services at 19:00 and 20:00 were operated by Hawk.
On Sunday the last normal service train ran at 16:00, the 17:15 departure named "Shelley or Bust" ran with six coaches hauled by all six steam locomotives Mountaineer, Number 24, Fox, Badger, Hawk and Owl and featured some quite tuneful whistle blowing in Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel.
In addition to the trains, miniature train rides were provided around the pond at Clayton West on both Saturday and Sunday. Also outside the station there was a display of vintage vehicles including motor bikes, an Allis Charmers tractor and on Sunday several mini's.
Also on display with the kind permission of the National Coal Mining Museum was Deborah a 2'6" gauge Hudswell Clarke mine locomotive which formerly worked at Park Mill Colliery at Clayton West..
Inside the warehouse on both days were displays of miniature locomotives, some provided by the volunteers but many being brought by the Barnsley Model Engineers. There a number of model railways and on Sunday the East Lancashire Railway based class 15 group displayed their 5" gauge model of a class 15.
The Friends would like to thank all those people who were involved and also anyone who attended and made the event such a success.
Keep watching this space for further news on the 2008 event....................