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The Three Peak Challenge Diesel Gala

Take the Three Peaks Challenge at our October Diesel Gala

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The Three Peaks Challenge Diesel Gala 9th & 10th October

Friday 8th Oct - D4 Great Gable Driver Experience interlinked with Rover Ticket Travel

Friday 8th Timetable

The Nene Valley Railway is pleased to welcome three Peak diesel electric locomotives to this event.

D4 ‘Great Gable’. One of ten original locomotives introduced in 1959 later designated class 44. This original batch were built with 2300 hp Sulzer engines and were all named after mountains, hence the name class name ‘peak’. D4 was renumbered 44004 and was withdrawn from BR service in 1980.

45041 Royal Tank Regiment. This is a class 45 locomotive which were development of the of the earlier class 44 and were introduced from 1960. With more powerful 2500 up engines 127 locomotives were produced. 45041 was originally numbered D53 and remained in service until 1988. The nickname ‘peak’ was also applied to these locos and the subsequent class 46s although non were named after mountains. 

D182. A class 46 locomotive introduced in 1961, the final peak variant. 56 locomotives were produced and had the same engine as the class 45 but with different electrical equipment. This locomotive was renumbered 46045 by British Rail and remained in service until the end of 1984. 

Join the NVR and take the Three Peak Challenge

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th Timetable

Tickets now available

Three Peak to travel behind in one or more days
Star Attraction D4 Great Gable
45041 Royal Tank Regiment


Double Heading services
Intensive Timetables
Ale on Rail from our Buffet Car
Travel the Fletton Branch by Peak
Services supported by Class 14 9529, Pacer 143602 and ride the TASC
Driver for a fiver of Sentinel DL83 in Wansford Yard
Wansford Café
Book Shop
Miniature Railway with Class 14 and 08

Trade Stands
Wansford Miniature Railway
B&E Models

Take the chance to drive D4 Great Gable with our Driver Experience course on Friday 8th October - Tickets Now On Sale

Jolly Fisherman Fish and Chips service “Great Gable” hauled by D4, (Saturday evening 9th October)


More details coming soon, Can you complete the Challenge ????

All attractions subject to availability


Adults/Snrs Rover - £25 per person

Child Rover - £15 per child

Carer with full paying Passenger - £5 per person

Under 3 - Travels Free

Dog - £2