Spring Steam Gala Locomotives Announced

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WD Austerity 3672 'Dame Vera Lynn on display at the NRM Railfest in York in 2004. This loco is the subject of an appeal to return it to working order.
Spring Steam Gala Line Up

The line-up for the NYMR Spring Steam Gale was announced this week. The Gala, which takes place over two weekends 25th to 27th April and 2nd to 5th May, will be welcoming guest locomotives No 4464 'Bittern' an iconic LNER A4 Pacific, an LMS Class 3F "Jinty' 0-6-0T 47406, a type not seen on the NYMR before but no stranger to Scarborough shed where 47403 was based for a while in the late 50's. Also attending will be Ian Rileys Black Fives, 44871 and 45407 and NELPGs K1 62005. It is understood that these three are only available for the first weekend due to commitments with the Great Britain VII Railtour.

From the 'home' fleet will be Black Fives 44806 and 45428; B1 61264; Standard 4 75029 and LHJC No 29 now in lined out green livery and celebrating its 110th Birthday this year. It has been suggested that the two small engines, 47406 and 29 mostly working shuttles between Grosmont and Goathland and between Levisham and Pickering, will also do a full line trip at some time during each day - watch out for the working timetable. There will also be steam trains running between Whitby and Battersby.

In addition there will be trade stands at NYMR stations and a model railway in the Learning Centre on Platform 2 at Pickering.

Whitby Platform 2 construction

Great excitement towards the end of the week when one of our members spotted some of the new point work being laid out in the Council car park next to the station on Thursday. I understand that this will be the turnout from the existing line to the new work and is to be installed either today or next Sunday before the Northern Sunday service recommences on 30th March. Also taking place this week was the excavation for the platform footings. Some nice photographs from Nigel Trotter can be seen by clicking HERE

Winter Relaying Programme

The small length north of New Bridge up to the Hunters Bridge EA Works has now been relayed, ballasted, tamped and lined. About half of the Levisham job has been regulated after the ballast drop and the remainder is still to do. The Levisham Station Group have made a splendid job of cleaning out the lineside ditches alongside the relaid track. Pictures and narrative can be seen by clicking HERE

LMS Black Five liveries

There has been some discussion this week after the announcement that new arrival 44806, which arrived in plain black early BR livery, had now been lined out and looks exactly the same as 45428 "Eric Treacy'. The suggestion is that this latter locomotive should be turned out in pre-war LMS livery to recognise that railways didn't start in 1948. Given the number of BR Black locomotives that we have on the NYMR at the moment they could have a point.

Weekend Running Commences

The winter timetable recommenced yesterday 15th March with 4 round trips between Pickering and Goathland handled by B1 61264 and Class 24 Diesel D5061. The 12.30 departure from Pickering and the 14.20 return is the Moorlander Pullman Dining Train.

These weekend services continue until the end of March when daily running commences on Monday 31st.

Pickering Station Development Group

The PSDG met again this week to determine a strategic approach to the development of commercial facilities at Pickering Station. The big news is that a nearby restaurant will become available to the Railway in the near future to allow some increase in the catering facilities on offer. Watch this space for more news as this develops. Also discussed were innovative ways of persuading customers to part with their cash whilst on the station. Ideas discussed included a permanent model railway exhibition, guided tours of the C & W and LNERCA workshops, a charity shop in Pickering to sell some of the goods that are donated to the station shop for sale, converting the beck siding on the upside into a bay platform to use for part of the pullman set. In the longer term discussions took place on ways of increasing car park capacity/park and ride facility, the carriage storage shed and making some progress with restoring Pullman Parlour Car 'Garnet' which has been languishing in the 'long' siding for 20 years or more.

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