Tornado will be attending the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Autumn Gala (1st - 3rd October) as a surprise guest following the re-scheduling of the "Merseyside Tornado" by HF Railtours, her first visit to the line since last year's Spring Gala. This action packed weekend will have a Somerset & Dorset Railway theme with two ‘genuine' former Somerset & Dorset based locos (S & D 7F 2-8-0 No. 53809, and 9F No 92214, which was shedded at Bath Green Park immediately after entering service), in traffic. Another visitor is expected to be 34070 Manston from the Swanage Railway. Manston is a Battle of Britain class locomotive and in this, the 70th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, the railway is keen to emphasise the link.
In complete contrast, the Gala will also feature North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group's recently overhauled J72 0-6-0T No. 69023 Joem, very much part of NYMR's heritage, but not seen on the line for some years.
Apart from 53809 and 92214, the home based fleet will include at least two LMS Class 5s including freshly overhauled No. 45428 Eric Treacy and No. 45212. Two other locos out of traffic for boiler repairs over the summer should also be working - S15 4-6-0 No 825 and the NRM's Super D 0-8-0. Completing the line up will be Standard Class 4 2-6-0 No. 76079, NER Q6 0-8-0 No. 63395 and possibly A4 4-6-2 No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley. Goods trains and/or shuttle trains will also be running at other times between Grosmont and Goathland during the weekend.