This weekend, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is set to reveal what goes on behind the scenes at one of the most popular heritage lines in the UK.
During the first Bank Holiday weekend of May (5, 6 and 7 May) the railway will once again throw open its doors and invite the public to learn about the inner workings of a heritage railway, including demonstrations and a sneak peek behind usually closed doors.
At Pickering visitors will be able to see what goes on inside the Carriage and Wagon workshop, headed up by Manager Kieran who recently starred in the Channel 5 documentary ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’. The Archive and Education departments will also be producing a display on the historic bridges along the line, with original pen and ink plans displayed in a Draughtsman’s drawing office.
Levisham Station visitors will be treated to signalbox tours and at Goathland there will be a talk on the history of the Station including the Pelton Wheel. There will also be information about the vital repair works needed to the bridges located on the approach to the station, as well as plans to install an exciting new education carriage.
Meanwhile in Grosmont, the operating hub of the railway, there will be the chance to walk through the repair shop and running shed to get a first-hand insight into the work being carried out on locomotives and rolling stock. North East Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) and the NYMR’s Junior Volunteers will also be on hand to provide further details about the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey appeal, as well offering a yummy selection of cakes and hot beverages for sale.
Paul Middleton, Head of Traction and Rolling Stock at the NYMR and also features in ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’, says “Being at the railway for over 20 years, it’s great to open up the engine sheds for people to get up close and personal with the lifeblood of rail history. I am particularly proud this year, as my own steam locomotive (Lucie – the Belgian steam tram) will be on display.”
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