The engine shed

Work continued in earnest this morning at the engine sheds of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the small Yorkshire village of Grosmont. The work was to prepare the steam locomotives ‘Chiru‘ and ‘Eric Treacy‘ for a short ceremony to mark the construction of a second platform at Whitby train station. This second platform will now provide passengers with more options for travel to reach the popular Yorkshire seaside town.

Whitby is at the end of the line on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This hugely popular railway remains the only heritage railway in the UK that runs over both the Network Rail lines and the heritage line. The line runs for 18 miles between Pickering and Grosmont Stations, and then for a further 6 miles to Whitby. It was first opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railway and was planned in 1831 by George Stephenson as a way of opening up further trade routes from the sea port of Whitby.

The two locomotives arrived in Whitby station, under steam, before moving into position side by side – the first time this has happened at Whitby in half a century.

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Trains running today

For the last few months I’ve been spending time with the volunteers who maintain, repair and operate the miniature railway that runs through the Valley Gardens area of Saltburn in Cleveland. This group of dedicated volunteers spend 2 days a week, unpaid and unsupported by the local council, down in the work shed that houses the trains and the carriages making sure that they are fit to run when they open for the first day of the season – Easter bank holiday.

Their only funds are raised from the tickets that are sold to visitors to the railway and they take it in turns to operate the train during the season which runs from up in the Vally Gardens to the sea front. As a traditional part of life in Saltburn for many years the railway seems to be doing well but only due to the hard work and commitment of the volunteers and of course the members of the public who visit the town and pay to take a ride on the railway. So next time you pass them working on the trains stop and say hello and while you’re there why not buy a ticket, jump on and take ride.

It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face…whatever your age!

Below is a photofilm that I’ve edited from some of the footage that I produced when I spent time there and below that are a large selection of images made during that time. Feel free to take a look and I welcome any comments…

Cheers,

Ian

Saltburn miniature railway