Annual Railcar Gala

Our galas have become a major event in the annual DMU calendar, featuring a wide range of units over the years, to whet your appetite have a look at these photos from the past few years.

Class 122

55006 arrived at Llangollen a few days before the 2015 gala and is pictured undertaking a short test run on the back road between Pentrefelin TMD and the MPD at Llangollen. Photo By Karl Latham

Class 101

50160 & 50164 gained the name "Daisy" during mainline use, and was one of the last Class 101 units to be used in North Wales. It carried passengers for the first time in several years when it visited Llangollen for the 2014 gala .Photo By Mike Martin

Class 122

2013 was a unique year where we had two guest units for the event, the first of which was 55005 visting from the Battlefield line, the first time it had been away from there since preservation in 1992. It is pictured being delivered to Llangollen. Photo By Karl Latham

Class 121

The second visiting unit was ex Arriva Trains Wales Bubble 121032 shortly after being withdrawn from mainline service. The last bubble used to carry passengers on the mainline in Wales. It would carry its last passengers in Wales during its visit to Llangollen before eventually being preserved at the Wensleydale Railway. It is seen here being used to haul 55005 to Pentrefelin TMD. Photo By Karl Latham

Class 141

After spending time on loan to the Weardale railway our own Class 141 became the star attraction at our 2012 gala. It stopped off at Llangollen on its way back to our second base at the Midland Railway Butterly. Photo By Unknown


2011 saw experimental railbus RB004 visit Llangollen on its way from the Telford Steam Railway to the Midland Railway Butterley. Photo By Unknown

W&M Railbus 79964

W&M Railbus 79964 visited us in 2010 from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Photo By Alan Hart

Class 122

55001 visited in 2009 from the East Lancashire Railway. Photo By David Dawson


The famous Iris visited in 2008, and ran both on its own and in multiple with our own units. Photo By Unknown

Wickham Railbus 999507

Wickham railbus 999507 an ex departmental vehicle visited in 2007 from the Middleton Railway near Leeds. Photo By Unknown