Sunday, 8 March 2015

Railway Anniversary and Mildest Day of the Year

Saturday produced our warmest day of the year when the temperature reached at 17.8°C (64.0°F).

We set out for the North Yorkshire Moors.
It was on 08 March 1965 that British Railway closed the line between Grosmont and Malton under the infamous Beeching Axe. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway were running some special trains this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the line’s closure by British Railways. Amazingly two of the steam locomotives that hauled the last train along the line back in 1965 were saved from the scrap yard and were in action over the weekend hauling trains between Grosmont and Pickering. 
This is the scene at Goathland station at lunchtime on Saturday as on the right of the photo 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley waits to depart for Pickering with the 12:30 Pullman Dining service from Grosmont. 
The other train in the station is the 12:00 train service from Pickering heading to Whitby and hauled by locomotives 61994 The Great Marquess and 62005 the two locomotives that operated that special train 50 years ago when the line was closed. The two trains cross at Goathland station.
Goathland (famed as Aidensfield in the TV series Heartbeat) has free range sheep and extra care is needed driving through the village as the sheep can decide to cross the road at a moment’s notice. They assume rightly or wrongly that any passing cars will stop.

We had lunch at the station tearoom. It was a hot Yorkshire pasty, I don’t think it had lamb in it, but it was very tasty nevertheless. The weather up on the moors was windy but the railway runs in the river valley and was sheltered from the worst of the wind. The weather wasn't too bad so after lunch we decided on a walk from Goathland towards Darnholme to get some shots from one of the more scenic spots on the railway.
We headed back to the station tearoom for some coffee and a cake before heading back to the car park.

Copyright: Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary author M Garrett


  1. That looks like an amazing day out, your photos are fantastic. The scenery is spectacular, it's such a beautiful part of the world.

    1. If only I could take credit for the photos but I can't as they're all Sue's work.


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