A sad loss
I was very sad to learn of the death on Christmas Day of Tom Salmon, regarded by many as the ‘Father of the NYMR’. Although I only met him once many years ago there can be no doubt that without his vision and drive the North York Moors Railway probably wouldn’t exist today. It was in June 1967 that Tom arranged a meeting in his house at Ruswarp, near Whitby, with a group of like-minded people who did not want to let the Whitby and Pickering Railway disappear into oblivion after closure by BR in 1965. From this meeting came the preservation society that eventually became the NYM Historical Railway Trust and grew into the major preserved railway and tourist attraction that we have today.
Tom’s passing was even more poignant for his family as his wife sadly passed away the day before on Christmas Eve. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the family after this very sad double bereavement.
Preparation continues for Levisham Straight, the major relaying project of the winter. By Friday 20th December all of the 2,250 F27 concrete sleepers had been transshipped from road to rail vehicles at New Bridge Depot, transported to site and offloaded. Work is due to start on Monday 6th January and be completed in time for the February school half-term running. Also starting on the same day will be the retaining wall adjacent to the railway at Hunting Bridge north of Pickering. This work is being undertaken on behalf of the Environment Agency as part of the ‘Stemming the Flow Project’ which will provide flood protection to Pickering in times of heavy rainfall.
Regular daily services between Pickering and Grosmont restarted on Friday last 27th December and will continue until Sunday 5th January 2014.
B1 61264 is provisionally scheduled to leave the Railway for Carnforth on Thursday 9th January to undertake a loaded main line test run to enable more widespread running on the national network.
LMS Black 5, 44806 is due to arrive by road from the Llangollen Railway after taking part in their ‘Winter Warmer’ Gala on 4th/5th January.
Finally, thank you for reading this far and may I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.