Footplate Experience Programme Announced

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A4 Pacific 60007 speeds north near Retford with 'The White Rose' tour to York in 2010.
Footplate Experience Courses

Details have been announced this week of a range of Footplate Experience Courses open to the General Public allowing the participants to get a taste of what driving and firing a steam or diesel engine is really like. They range from ‘Tin’ (a footplate ride on a Diesel at £175) through ‘Bronze’ and ‘Silver’ to ‘Gold’ (a 5-day course on driving a steam engine at £1495) Only the dates for the ‘Bronze’ courses (a round trip footplate ride from Grosmont to Pickering on a steam engine) have been released so far. Full details can be found by clicking HERE

Volunteer Recruitment Day 13th April

A very successful Volunteer Recruitment day was held in 2013 with around 60 new members signed up, the majority of them going on to become successful volunteers.

The Railway is repeating the event on the 13th April next in the Learning Centre on Platform 2 at Pickering Station from 10.30hrs onwards. Representatives of all departments will be there to explain the work that is available.

Whitby Platform 2

The construction work at Whitby carries on apace and today Sunday 23rd will be seeing the installation of the turnout which will give access from the main line to platform 2. It had been hoped to retain access to Bog Hall sidings whilst the work is carried out. However in order to speed up the work the connection has been taken out and NYMR trains to Whitby from the beginning of the new season will have to be ‘top and tailed’. Work is still expected to be completed in late June. See what's happening by clicking HERE

Dame Vera Lynn 3672

At the head of last weeks post was a photograph of WD Austerity 2-8-0 3672 ‘Dame Vera Lynn. This week we have learned that the group of volunteers who are running an appeal to restore the locomotive to working order have obtained a poly tunnel enclosure in which the engine can be stored to prevent further deterioration whilst the funding for the overhaul is raised.

LNER A4 Pacific 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley

Starts her foray onto the main line next Saturday, 29th March, when she is booked to haul the ‘Cathedrals Express’ from Kings Cross to York and return for operator Steam Dreams. The image at the head of this post shows 60007 on a similar working in 2010 seen at speed near Retford.

LNER B1 Class 4-6-0 61264

Worked, yesterday Saturday 22nd March, with LNER K4 61994 ‘The Great Marquess’ on The Railway Touring Companys’ The Esk Valley railtour. The train originated at Carnforth diesel hauled with 61994 taking over at York. 61264 was booked to operate from North Road in ‘top and tail’ formation to Whitby and then back as far as Battersby.

61264 will also be going 'main line' again next weekend when she will be assisting NELPGS's K1 62005 in the operation of 'The Wansbeck' a fully booked Railway Touring Company tour from Newcastle and out along the coast to Crag Hall and return.

LHJC No 29

was booked as the steam engine for yesterdays (22nd March) service. Unfortunately she was failed during the light engine move at Levisham and had to be replaced by a non-steam heat diesel. Part of the steam diagram is hauling the ‘Moorlander’ Pullman Diner. I suspect there will have been much dissatisfaction amongst our premium customers when they learnt they would have to eat in cold carriages.

Open Forum at Pickering

The first of the General Managers Open Fora was held yesterday (Saturday) at Pickering Station (the next one is at Grosmont Tea Rooms next Friday evening). During the meeting we learnt that the Plc Board has appointed Andrew Mead as its Chairman Designate. Andrew will take over after the AGM in June when current Chairman, Neale Clarke stands down.

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