North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Posted on 14th September 2018 at 16:13
It’s all aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this Autumn.
With a number of events taking place, you can indulge in your love of steam trains, step onto the footplate and get 'on track' with the story of this heritage railway!
Did you know the railway is one of the earliest in the north of England and was built (in part) when Whitby’s traditional trades of whaling, alum working and shipbuilding were all in decline.
In 1831, the railway entrepreneur George Stephenson advised a railway line to the market town of Pickering would provide business opportunities for those who had the impetus to invest in the enterprise.
The first section of the line from Whitby to Grosmont was opened in June 1835, and the carriages were pulled by horse-power. The following year, the opening of the complete railway took place in May and Whitby turned out in force to mark the occasion. The church bells rang out and a huge crowd assembled around the Angel Inn, accompanied by the town’s brass band.
Services then started to carry passengers along the picturesque route.
Rattle along the tracks to 1862 and the opening of the Eskdale to Castleton linked the town to the existing railways to Middlesbrough and the north east of England.
Tourism boomed in the Edwardian period, but as the motorcar became popular, the railway became quieter.
Following the Second World War, the infamous Beeching Plan began, which advocated closure of all railway routes to Whitby and in May 1965 the last trains proudly made their along the tracks.
However, it wasn’t long before railway enthusiasts converged on the North York Moors National Park and the first steam train for almost four years puffed along the gleaming tracks. In 1973, the first public services made their way along the route. Today, the locomotives run regularly from Whitby railway station.
Events this Autumn on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway include:
The North York Moors Railway is one of our key at’track’ions here in Whitby and we would recommend you have a day trip on it while you can!
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