Railfest 2012 celebration in York

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The National Railway Museum in York is planning a nine day celebration of Britain’s railways next year.

The festival will bring together over 30 record-breaking locomotives that have made their mark on rail history.

Railfest 2012 will be staged in York between the 2nd and 10th June.

Both the Mallard and the Flying Scotsman are attending along with a fleet of railway carriages and vehicles.

Unusual railway equipment including snow ploughs and leaf blowers will be on display.

Visitors will be able to take a ride behind working engines and meet railway staff. In addition to the giant engines, there will also be a wide variety of miniature locos and layouts staged by some of the biggest names in model railways.

Hundreds of stalls, refreshment areas and live music will also add to festival.

Says Steve Davies, Director of the National Railway Museum, ‘Our previous Railfest in 2004 celebrated the bicentenary of Britain’s railways and proved to be a huge success by attracting over 60,000 visitors.

‘Next year we hope to top this by providing an even bigger and better event.

‘We’re certain that rail fans young and old will be well catered for and we look forward to making 2012 a year to remember at the National Railway Museum.’

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