This month the North Yorkshire Moors Railway will be hosting one of the biggest 1940s re-enactment events of the year – “Railway at “war” – which runs from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October 2009.
The highlight of the weekend is the Saturday parade through Pickering, with marching bands, military and civilian vehicles, which attracts bumper crowds.
Hundreds of re-enactors will take part in displays and demonstrations along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, between Pickering, Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont. The event has become so big, that accommodation providers within a 50 miles radius tend to get booked up months in advance.
Heritage steam trains will be running hourly to take the thousands of visitors along the line, including the 1937 engine, “Sir Nigel Gresley” – which is one of only six A4 Pacific class engines remaining in the world. Trains will run between Pickering and Grosmont on the Friday, and between Pickering and Whitby on both Saturday and Sunday.
The event, now in its 17th year, is a re-creation of the Home Front in 1943 and commemorates the part played by Britain’s railways during the 1939-45 war. It has grown to such an extent that visitors are now expected from as far afield as Norway, Denmark and Holland.
Phil Bustard, Marketing Manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said “There is no doubt that this is one of the most popular events of the year for the both the Railway and the wider community. A lot of work goes into the event and we have every reason to expect a bumper crowd this year, given the increased volume of visitors through 2009, and the level of enquiries we have received.”
To help alleviate car parking difficulties, the Railway will be providing its own Park and Ride facility along Haygate Lane in Pickering. The site, which can accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles, is accessible from the A169 Malton Road, just to the south of the town. Parking will cost £3 per vehicle, with frequent mini-buses taking visitors into town. The Railway has teamed up with a local landowner to provide the facility, and has acquired permission from the local authorities to operate the Park and Ride as a temporary arrangement for the duration of the event. A one-way traffic system will operate from the A169, and temporary signs will be erected to help the flow of vehicles. Minibuses will operate over the whole of the event, and will connect with the first and last train services each day of the event.
For more information about the event:
Tel: 01751 472508