RAILWAY locomotive Repton is making a return on the heritage North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the summer run.

The SR No. 926 Repton has undergone an extensive overhaul. She has been running in her British Railways colours and numbering as 30926 but will return to traffic in Southern Railways olive green livery under her old number 926.

Designed by Richard Maunsell for Southern Railway in 1930, the V Class, better known as the Schools Class as all locomotives were named after English public schools. These engines were intended to meet a need for an intermediate passenger locomotive for routes which needed power, but couldn't handle large express engines.

Laura Strangeway, head of marketing said, “The school holidays are a fantastic time for all the family to come and experience the age of steam. The railway is a great place for children to journey behind these powerful engines and learn how they work with Peters Railway Young Engineers Centre at Pickering and the engine sheds at Grosmont.”

The railway's annual Steam Gala will be from September 29 until October 1 and Railway In Wartime October 13-15.