It’s full steam ahead for one of the UK’s top tourist attractions, as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) announces its highly anticipated 2021 season.
NYMR will open the heritage line and stations from Saturday May 15, after which the railway will operate two trains to Whitby each day, as well as an intermediate service between Pickering and Grosmont.
The railway plans to operate with Covid-19 mitigation measures until the summer break, with end-to-end services pre-booked with a set departure and return time.
The intermediate railway service between Pickering and Grosmont will allow passengers to hop on and off and explore Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont stations.
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Chris Price, Managing Director, said: “It was a huge relief when the government announced its roadmap, which now allows the railroad to plan and prepare for its reopening.
“It will be great to see the staff and volunteers getting the engines, stations, shops and tea rooms ready to welcome passengers again. “
Tickets for daily services will go on sale from Monday April 26 – anyone who has already pre-booked for 2020 will be able to rebook from Monday April 19. Passengers will be able to enjoy the first Pullman train of the 2021 season from Thursday, May 20, with a new Moorlander spring lunch menu.
Railway rental units in Grosmont, Goathland and Levisham will also reopen from May 15 and can be booked from April 19.
Although coronavirus restrictions have forced the railroad to cancel several of its special events scheduled for 2021, it still plans to host the annual Steam Gala, September 22-26, and its Christmas specials on selected dates. in December, Grosmont and Pickering stations.
As the pandemic unfolded, NYMR did not stand still, however.
One of the most popular heritage railway figures responsible for traction and rolling stock Paul Middleton aka Piglet celebrated the 2021 Heritage Railway Association’s Steam Railway Magazine Award for the restoration of a 131-year-old Belgian steam tram which he bought with his brother bought four years ago.
The East Brussels Tram No.8, better known as the Lucie, was built in 1890 in the eastern province of Liège, Belgium.
After a professional life that saw her operate everywhere from zinc mines to sugar factories, Lucie was finally retired in 2000 and remained in storage at Middleton Railway awaiting overhaul until 2017 when Piglet stepped in.
“At first I didn’t know anything about its history, but I was blown away by this unique looking locomotive and thought I would like to restore this locomotive because it would look amazing to ride along the line. of the NYMR, ”he said.
Now that the restoration is complete, Porcinet has been invited by the Brussels Tram Museum to take Lucie back for the museum’s 40th anniversary in 2022, bringing her back to her “birthplace” for the first time since 1897.
NYMR visitors will be able to see the Lucie Steam Tram in the Grosmont hangar.
The railway has also been busy with a £ 1million plan to install controlled emission toilets (CET) in its coach fleet, due for completion in May.
After working on designs with Network Rail, which is fully funding the project, NYMR integrated the units into the cars without losing any of the heritage charm. The equipment will put an end to the centuries-old practice of flush toilets directly on the track.
NYMR is an award-winning charitable foundation that carries 300,000 passengers each year.