About the Railway Gala Day
Leicester lies about halfway between London and Liverpool. The city of about 330,000 people has been the home to many notable people including singer Engelbert Humperdinck whose real name is Arnold George Dorsey. It is also the birthplace of Joseph Merrick, best known as The Elephant Man due to his grotesque appearance caused by a yet to be determined malady. Leicester is also home to Leicester's Museum of Science and Technology with the Abbey Pumping Station and the site of the Railway Gala Day held every year in August.
This event is the opportunity to ride on the only public narrow-gauge railway in Leicester along with seeing the huge beam engines on display at the pumping station.
The narrow-gauge steam locomotive was built by W.G. Bagnall from Stafford, England in 1918. Four diesel locomotives, two Simplex, one Lister, and one Ruston are also available if needed. The engine house is the only one in the world where you can see four working examples of the same beam engine in one building. If you need a good conversation starter for dinner or a good reason for people to ask you to leave, you can relate that the beam engines were once capable of pumping 208,000 imperial gallons of sewage an hour.
Abbey Pumping Station
The original building dates to 1891 when it was built by a company called the Leicester Corporation on the north side of the town. Electric pumps and a modern treatment plant replaced the steam-powered beam pumps in 1964. The museum of science and technology that preserves the steam heritage was opened in 1972 and run by Leicestershire Museums, a charity organization.
Entry To The Event
The museum is free to enter and is open daily from 11.00 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. between February and October when there are no special events. For special events throughout the year, like the Railway Gala Day, there may be a small fee and the hours could vary. Please contact the Abbey Pumping Station before visiting.
Somewhere to Stay in Leicestershire
Campers and Caravaners will be comfortable at the highly rated Caravan Park on Bath Street, about a mile walk from the pumping station, and a 2-mile drive via car with several turns because the car must cross the River Soar. There are plentiful hotels and B&Bs in Leicester within 5 miles of the pumping station for overnight visitors.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Visitors to the Railway Gala Day will want to visit the National Space Centre that sits adjacent to the Museum. Together, the two attractions let you time travel about 200 years from the days of steam to today’s exploration of space. Another must-see in Leicester is the Guildhall, built around 1390 as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi, a small but powerful group of businessman and gentry. It became a museum in 1926.
A few more things to remember for the Railway Gala Day: Assistance dogs are welcome. There is no car parking within the museum grounds on special event days so disabled people can be dropped off at the museum entrance while drivers can park at the adjacent National Space Centre. Refreshments are available at the LMTA café but for now, they do not allow karaoke for people who think they sing as well as Arnold Dorsey.
When is the next Railway Gala Day?
The Railway Gala Day is planned to take place at Corporation Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5PX, Saturday 1st August, 2020. This is a Railway Event.
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