Thursday 21st May – the National Railway Museum
You arrive in York to meet the Group for light refreshments at the National Railway Museum at the EXHIBITION HALL CAFE at 1500. We will then take a tour of the fascinating COLLECTION STORE in the North Shed. It’s an area so often missed, outshone by the huge, shining locomotives, but really worthy of a visit. Explore the Museum until it closes at 18.00. From 1900, for those who have reserved, there will be Group “A la Carte Menu” served at the Black Swan, 23, Peaseholme Green, YO1 7PR. Please confirm this option on the booking form. We will be within truly historic and rustic surroundings. Alternatively, make your own choice and meet tomorrow morning at York Railway Station.
The wonderful NRM, with Mallard and Rocket, the first and the fast! There’s always something ‘new’ to see
We all meet at York Station at 0915 to begin the great Yorkshire circular day tour by rail. We take the train to Hull at 0947, arriving at 1100. Kingston upon Hull is an interesting and historic maritime location, with plenty to see and do. We begin with William Wilberforce’s house as part of a walking tour. Wilberforce was strong in the fight against slavery and in the area there are also a number of historic pubs. We return to Hull Paragon Station for refreshment in the beautiful lounge of the old railway hotel. For those who would prefer a two-hour tour to the famous Burton Constable Hall (an Elizabethan House with grounds by Capability Brown), there is a cost of £50 per person for the taxi from Hull (Paragon) Station to the Hall and back and including admission charge. You then rejoin Group at 13.15. Please confirm this option on the booking form. We then take the 1330 train over the quiet line from Hull to Scarborough, via Beverley and Bridlington, arriving at Scarborough at 1454. We take a pleasant walk of just over a mile or seek the 3A bus (from Stop “P”, York Place) to the North Bay Railway at Burniston Road, Peasholme Park. We take a run on this wonderful 20″ gauge holiday line. Then, feel free to stroll back along the promenade, to enjoy Scarborough and to join the train back to York, meeting at the station at 1715. With this train you arrive back in York by 1835, or choose to stay until later. Trains leave Scarborough for York at approx. 40 mins past the hour. In York you may choose from another of this City’s famous atmospheric venues to have dinner, but sleep well as we have a busy day tomorrow.
The famous North Bay Railway in Scarborough – not to be missed before indulging in proper-made, Yorkshire, seaside, fish and chips.
Saturday 23rd May – Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors
Meet at York Station at 0815 sharp for the 08.38 to Middlesbrough (arrive 0939), where you may dash for a look at the famous transporter bridge. At 1020 we take the Esk Valley Line branch train to Whitby, arriving at 1151. Enjoy two hours to explore and have lunch before joining the North Yorkshire Moors steam train from Whitby (dep 1400) to Grosmont (arr 1430), for a conducted tour of the locomotive depot. Option of riding on to Goathland and visit the village (Aidensfield in Heartbeat and Hogsmeade in Harry Potter) OR walk the scenic old rail route (mainly downhill) back from Goathland to Grosmont before catching the 1650 NYMR train from Goathland to Pickering with everyone else. We shall take shared taxis at £6.00 each to Malton to join the 18.07 train back to York.
Hull is famous for museums, some of them are nationally significant. They are worth a visit.
Sunday 24th May – Saltaire, Shipley Tram, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Meet at York at 0925 to take the 0941 for Leeds, and change onto the 1016 to Saltaire. We are going to visit the famous location, where Titus Salt built a mill and model village on the River Aire. This is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You have time to visit the village, with its shops, art display and spectacular architecture. After, we walk up to the little known but fascinating 1895 Shipley Tram, only open on Sundays, a little over half-a-mile away. After returning from the top, you can indulge in one of the many excellent pubs nearby, like the Boathouse, or the Old Glen House, before return to Saltaire Station for a train to Keighley.
The 1359 train from Saltaire arrives at Keighley at 1409, and the next train on the famous Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, from the Worth Valley platform at 1545*. You have time for a local refreshment, or visit the Transport Festival due on that date – as you choose. The steam train will leave for the climb up the valley to the end of the line at Oxenhope. Here you can have a quick peep into the fascinating workshop full of items being restored, before rejoining the last Worth Valley train leaving Oxenhope (1630) and arriving at Keighley at 1655. This connects with the train to York, changing at Leeds, and there the tour ends, but if you choose to tarry at Keighley the service to York, via Leeds is half-hourly. You are free to choose your train back home as appropriate – on Sunday evenings there are plenty of trains on the main routes.
Scarborough a distinctive, very British seaside resort, both very grand and also quite familiar. Stroll, enjoy the traditional sights and sounds: sample the fresh sea air and sandy beach.
Whitby, busy, vibrating and well worth a visit – especially by comfortable steam train. The station’s right on the quay and you have enough time to look round.
Big steam at Goathland as S15 825 waits to leave for Pickering and the LNER set runs in.
Saltaire in all its industrial revolution glory. It is really a place of significance as well as being an interesting place to be – lots to see.
The smallest standard gauge station in England, Damems, is on the Worth Valley Railway. All stations are cute on this superbly preserved line.
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You can join the Friends of the HRCT if you want to support the Heritage Rail Industry, as people who are interested in all railways, tramways and museums, as well as other transport related subjects gain a lot of pleasure from meeting others with like minds. The Friends principally organise meetings, get togethers, visits and tours to interesting place. From the very close association with the Heritage Railway Association of course the Friends enjoy privileged access, but apart from that, the pleasant social exchange of people with similar interests meeting each other is very pleasurable. The Friends are also a mixing pot for all ages and all people, with programmes designed to help the less-privileged, the young and family members to see interesting things, and take part in fascinating activities that they could not organise on their own. The accent for the Friends is not just generating fun and joy for the participants, there is serious educational and cultural purpose in many of the activities – and that is why the Friends are run by the Heritage Rail Charitable Trust. So you are invited to be a member, and to join in with the fun. Of course, the fun has been a little curtailed recently as the paragraph below explains.
The new Heritage Rail Charitable Trust ran the first of the Friends 2019 trips as a Winchester cultural city tour, with visits to various transport attractions in the area. Winchester’s welcome was rather damp, but the rain couldn’t suppress the happy throng on a Friday night visit to various watering houses in the City. The threatening weekend weather forecast was unfulfilled, as our comfortable tour bus took a chattering crowd of twenty-five to visit the steam gala at the Moors Valley Railway near to Ringwood. On the extensive 7¼” gauge, fully signalled railway, every locomotive that could be steamed was out and about, hauling an intensive service of trains along the line. Such a carefully arranged stream of trains, freight and passenger offered an unrivalled spectacle, with a constant movement of little locomotives round the compact layout, so that everyone got at least one ride, including our own special train. We were torn away from the busy scene, boarding our coach, dodging hordes of superbly modelled traction engines to leave in bright sunshine, now bound for the Isle of Purbeck.
Our job is to raise money to support the Heritage Rail Movement, and our fundraising method began with adopting the excellent tours formerly run by the late Bill Askew. We ran one to Hampshire and Sussex in 2019; it was full and profitable. The 2020 tour to York, Hull, Scarborough and other popular spots, filled almost immediately and promised to be a good earner for the charity. Alas Covid 19 has shut it down, with a whole year’s delay, and even then there is no certainty of resumption. The plan is interesting but can’t be done currently from major timetable changes. Thus we have to wait until next spring to replan our fun.