Call to support local heritage railways on Yorkshire Day

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Three of our local heritage rail organizations are using Yorkshire Day (August 1) to ask the public for their support after a series of financial challenges.

As well as the current wave of strikes affecting the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) which uses part of the national rail network, the prolonged dry weather has caused an outbreak of lineside fires, severely disrupting rail timetables.

The NYMR (North Yorkshire Moors Railway), Yorkshire Wolds Railway and National Railway Museum in York have joined forces with over 75 other heritage railway organizations across the UK for the second annual “Love Your Railroad” national campaign.

It highlights heritage rail organizations and encourages visitors to buy tickets to support them this summer.

The campaign covers six weekly themes which aim to raise awareness of the importance of heritage railways as tourist destinations, educate and tell the story of Britain’s railways whilst providing local jobs and volunteer community engagement.

The campaign also aims to highlight how NYMR benefited from the £10 million Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey (YMJ) project, supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and was designed to transform the railway and secure its future.

Chris Price, Managing Director of NYMR, said: “Our message for Yorkshire Day is ‘support your local heritage railway’; After surviving the COVID pandemic, we are now facing new challenges that strongly impact our schedules, the number of visitors and therefore our income.

“Summer holidays are our busiest time of year, so it’s been a real challenge to keep our service levels high in the face of strikes and fires – but our team have been fantastic and kept us going. on the right track.”

NYMR and its other heritage railways across the UK carry over 13 million passengers each year, over 560 miles of rail line and contribute £400 million in economic impact.

22,000 volunteers and over 4,000 paid staff keep UK’s heritage railways on track, highlighting the important role the railways played during the Industrial Revolution.

At the time of writing, the following railways participating in #LoveYourRailway 2022 include an up-to-date list available at www.loveyourrailway.co.uk

1066 Country (Hastings Borough Council)

Amberley Museum and Heritage Center

Avon Valley Railway

Bahamas Locomotive Company

Lake Bala Railway

Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway

Buckinghamshire Railway Center

Bure Valley Railway

Cambrian Heritage Railways

Scarborough Central Tramway

Colne Valley Railway

Crich tram village

Dean Forest Railway

East Anglian Railway Museum

East Kent Railway

East Lancashire Railway

East Somerset Railway

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

Foxfield Railway

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Laxey Great Mine Railway

Head of Steam

Headhunters Railway Museum

Heaton Park Tramway

HOP

Hornby

Heritage Railway Association

Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railroad Museum

Isle of Man Steam Railway

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

South Devon Newsletter

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Keith and Dufftown Railway

Kent and East Sussex Railway

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Leighton Buzzard Railway

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Llangollen Railway

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

Middleton Railway

Norfolk Middle Railway

Central Suffolk Light Railway

Mumbles Development Trust

Scottish Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

Nene Valley Railway

Northampton and Lamport Railway

North Dorset Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Peak Rail

Plym Valley Railway

Rail passengers

Railway Preservation Society of Ireland

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Scottish Railway Preservation Society

Severn Valley Railway

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway

Mount Snowdon Railway

Joint Somerset & Dorset Railway

South Devon Railway

St Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust

Stainmore Railway Company

Stephenson Railroad Museum

Straffan Steam Museum

Swanage Railway

Tanfield Railway

Telford Steam Railway

The Auckland Project

The Postal Museum

Threlkeld Quarry Railway

Rheidol Valley Railway

Watercress line

Weardale Railway

West Somerset Railway

Whitwell & Reepham Railway

Yeovil Railway Center

Yorkshire Wolds Railway

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