Steel, Steam & Stars III


The following departure times from Llangollen apply as shown below.

The full Gala Brochure includes the timetable and shows rostered locomotives. Available at £5 on the day at SSS3

Saturday 21st April, Friday 27th April and Saturday 28th April

Depart:- 09.00, 09.35, 10.15, 10.50, 11.30, 12.05, 12.45, 13.20, 14.00, 14.35, 15.15, 15.50, 16.40, 17.20, 18.05, 19.25, 20.20 and 21.50

Sunday 22nd April and Sunday 29th April

Depart:- 09.00, 09.35, 10.15, 10.50, 11.30, 12.05, 12.45, 13.20, 14.00, 14.35, 15.15, 15.50 and 16.50(does not run on 29th) Cavalcade runs at 17.20 on 29th only

Monday 23rd April, Tuesday 24th April, Wednesday 25th April and Thursday 26th April

Depart:- 10.00,(only runs Monday 23rd) 11.00, 12.10, 13.20, 14.30, 15.45, 16.55, 19.15, 21.45

Advance Ticket Sales going well

The advance ticket sales for SSS3 are progressing well and are substantially higher than figures for SSS2.

The souvenir brochure and timetable will be distributed to those who have ordered it later next week.

SSS3 Newsletter

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Tracklaying towards Bonwm

The Llangollen Railway volunteers are making good progress extending the line westwards towards Corwen. The expectation is to have trains running as far as Bonwm Halt in time for Steel, Steam & Stars III.

We expect to run the Autotrain down the extension starting from Glyndyfrdwy

SSS3 12 sided leaflet now available

The 12 sided leaflet carrying the full information for SSS3 has been printed for distribution across the country. The leaflet includes the booking form for ticket purchases. If anyone is able to distribute these to local railway societies or at preserved lines then please send a request through this website.

Individual copies can be obtained by sending an SAE to


David Huntbatch

22, Brisbane Quay


BN23 5PD

The leaflet is also available in pdf form. Should you wish to receive it in this format click here

SSS3 12 side v2



Seven Guest Locomotives amongst the ‘Stars’

As at 21st November 2011 the line up of locomotives for next April’s Steel, Steam & Stars III event looks like this;


Standard Gauge;

BR(ER) ‘A1’ class 4-6-2 No. 60163 Tornado

BR Standard ‘7MT’ class 4-6-2 No. 70000 Britannia

Ex-LNWR/LMS ‘G2a’ class 0-8-0 ‘Super D’ No. 49395

Ex-LNWR/LMS ‘2F’ class 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ No. 58926

Ex-GNR/LNER ‘N2’ class 0-6-2T ‘Suburban Tank’ No. 1744

Ex-CR/LMS ‘812’ class 0-6-0 ‘Caley Express Goods’ No. 828

Narrow Gauge;

TR 2′ 3″ gauge Fletcher Jennings No. 2 Dolgoch


Standard Gauge;

BR(WR) 78xx class 4-6-0 No. 7822 Foxcote Manor

Ex-LMS ‘5MT’ class 4-6-0 ‘Black 5’ No. 44806

Ex-GWR ‘2884’ class 2-8-0 ‘Heavy Freight’ No. 3802

Ex-GWR 64xx class 0-6-0PT No. 6430 (on auto trains)

BR ‘4MT’ class 2-6-4T ‘Passenger Tank’ No. 80072

Ex-GWR ‘5101 class 2-6-2T No. 5199 (in BR black for first time)

Ex-GWR ‘5101’ class 2-6-2T No. 4141 (subject to completion of overhaul)

Blue 828 joins Steel, Steam & Stars line up

Subject to final contractual arrangements, the 6880 Betton Grange Society are delighted to announce that they now have agreement for ex-Caledonian Railway McIntosh-designed 0-6-0 ‘express’ freight locomotive No. 828 to attend its Steel, Steam & Stars III mega-gala to be held at the Llangollen Rialway from 21st to 29th April 2012.

The 1899 veteran, normally to be found at the Strathspey Railway in Scotland, is wintering at the Severn valley Railway where some bottom end repair work is to be carried out, signalling the possibility of a number of gala appearances south of the border prior to returning home next spring for the main summer season.

Chairman Quentin McGuinness said that “this is really the icing on the cake, the sixth standard gauge guest locomotive in what really is a stellar line up. We had targeted 828 when we first started planning the gala, but the costs of bringing her down from Scotland were prohibitive. But with the engine staying in England following its appearance at the SVR’s Autumn gala, everything has changed and we are very grateful to the Strathspey people for making this all possible”.

No. 828 joins celebrity ‘Pacifics’ No. 70000 Britannia and No. 60163 Tornado, ‘Super D’ No. 49395, newly restored ‘Coal Tank’ No. 58926, ‘N2’ No. 1744 and Talyllyn Railway No. 2 Dolgoch as one of seven visiting locomotives, whilst ex-GWR large ‘Prairie’ No. 5199 will be appearing for the first time in BR black and sister engine No. 4141 could make its return following a full overhaul. ‘Black 5’ No. 44806 and fellow Llangollen residents Nos 6430, 7822 Foxcote Manor, 3802 and 80072 will also be putting in appearances over the nine day event.