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Any excuse for a party!   William is back in steam after a lengthy overhaul and rebuild!!!

Join us for our Sentinel Gala on Sunday 26th March 2017

To celebrate Sentinel 9959 - William being back in service, on the rails, we are throwing him a party on our Sentinel Gala Day.   William, built in 1956, is named after Sir William Stanier, the Chief Engineer of the LMS railway and as part of our Gala celebrations our friends from Angel Lane will be reenacting William's naming ceremony by the great man himself.   William has had a major overhaul and has been restyled into LMS shape and livery with a distinctive LMS whistle too!

William will be joined in steam by stable-mate Gervase.   Gervase started life as a Manning Wardle locomotive in 1900 and was converted by Sentinel to a Vertical Boiler locomotive in 1928. 

William and Gervase have a Sentinel diesel friend too, Elizabeth.  Elizabeth began her life as a steam engine like William and was converted to a diesel at Thomas Hill's works in Rotherham in 1965.

William, Gervase and Elizabeth will all be working trains during the Gala.

Not wishing to be left out of the fun,  Sentinel number 9376, from 1947,  will be making a rare appearance from the depths of the railway yard too, but alas not in steam because she awaits her restoration fate.

Guests make the party!

Special guests will be joining us at our Sentinel Gala Party too.....

Sentinel Road Steam Waggon Model S4, owned by Mr Ian Vinton, will join us in steam.

Sentinel Road Steam Standard Waggon Number 1488 "The Denby Flyer", built 1917, from J.C. Ward & Sons, will be partying in steam too.

The road waggons with William and Gervase will be posing for a photoshoot, so steam enthusiasts and photographers this a rare opportunity to get an unusal Sentinel shot!

The Yorkshire Group of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers will be displaying their Dixon Green Light Railway with live steam Sentinel locomotives, and others, exhibited.

From Sheffield, The Sentinel Brewing Company, will be featuring their beers and food in our On-Train Bar, and station, and with their help we are launching a Sir William Ale to mark this great day.

You are invited to join the party too!

No its not bring a bottle, but we ask you to buy a wristband:

Adult - £8.00

Concession - £7.00 (EHR Member, HRA member, Over 64 years, wheelchair user)

Child - £2.50 (3 years to 16 years)

MUMS! - because it's Mother's Day too,  providing you have a paying child (of any age) with you, you can have a wristband for just £2.50!

Buy your wristband on the day at the gate beside Distillery Crossing. 

Wristbands give:

A programme

Access to the Elsecar Station Site, to get up close to the Sentinel railway locomotives and road waggons

Unlimited passenger train rides during the day

Acesss to the workshops and Dixon Green Light Railway 

Viewing of WIlliam's naming reenactment

Photoshoot opportunities with the railway and road Sentinels together

The Timetable:

The Elsecar Station Site will be open to wristband holders from 10:00 to 16:45.

Demonstration goods trains will run at 10:15 and 16:15. 

Passenger trains will run at 11:00, 11:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:45, 15:15 and 15:50.

William's Naming Ceremony will be at 12:00.

The Photoshoot with railway and road Sentinels will be at 14:00.

As well as the scheduled trains there will be demonstration movements of railway and road Sentinel vehicles throughout the day.

Things to consider:

There will be no on-site parking for visitors and volunteers at Elsecar Station.  There is public parking in the village but this will become full very quickly.  We recommend you use public transport if possible.  We are 10 minutes walk from the main line Elsecar Station which has direct trains from Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield and Leeds.  Bus routes pass through the village too.  Please consider car sharing.

Children are welcome to come and celebrate with us, but please consider their supervision carefully as trains and road vehicles will be moving throughout the site.  Stewards will be on hand to supervise safety.

Sentinel engines (rail and road) have vertical boilers with a chimney which goes straight up from the firebox.  These engines produce a lot of smoke, sparks and cinders.  Please do not wear your best white coat and please leave synthetic clothes (like down padded coats) at home as sparks and cinders may damage them.  Elsecar Heritage Railway Ltd, and our partners, can not be held responsible for damaged clothing.  You will get sooty!

Our station buffet and shop will be open for the sale of hot drinks, soft drinks, chocolate, snacks and gifts.  Sentinel Brewing  Company will be running bars with snack food.   We are next door to the Elsecar Heritage Centre which has two tea-rooms and there are pubs that serve food in the village too. 

Wheelchair users are  most welcome and most of the site is accessible to you.  On the train, we can only offer access to the parcel area of the Guard's Van, via a portable ramp.

Our line is one mile long (currently being extended to two miles, but not open yet).

Adjacent to our line is the 1795 Newcomen Engine built by Earl Fitzwilliam, now owned by Barnsley Council, as part of The Elsecar Heritage  Centre.  The engine house will be open on this day with demonstrations taking place at 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00.   The council welcome a £2 donation to witness the engine demonstrations from inside the engine house.   There is also an one hour guided tour of Elsecar starting at 15:15 from The Heritage Centre Visitor Centre.