The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) are celebrating a huge milestone this bank holiday weekend.
On Monday 1 May the popular heritage railway will be marking its 50th anniversary – with a recreation of its first ever passenger service.
The service will use the same two locomotives it did in 1973, as well as three of its original service volunteers.
Chris Cubitt and Terry Newman will be back as footplate crew, whilst John Bruce will be operating the signal box on the 1:30pm departure from Grosmont Station – replicating their roles on the same day, 50 years later with the same locomotives.
Chris Price, CEO, said, “Celebrating 50 years of the railway is an incredible achievement. We are so grateful to each and every member of staff and volunteers who continue to spread the joy and knowledge of steam trains to all of our visitors.
“The preservation of the railway means future generations can enjoy it for years and years to come.”
Other events taking place on the day is a book signing from another long standing volunteer, John Hunt – who will be signing copies of his latest book ‘North Yorkshire Moors Railway Golden Jubilee’.
The book takes the reader on a journey along the entire original route from Whitby through to Pickering.
Renowned historian and expert on the NYMR, Ron Pickering, will also be giving a talk on ‘Celebrating 50 Years’ of the railway line – the talk is free but pre-booking of tickets is required.
For more information about the NYMR, visit their website here.