The Scarborough News

Steam railway seeks memories of the past

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People with a recollecti­on of two of Yorkshire’s oldest railway lines are being sought to take part in a project to capture their reminiscen­ces.

Mark Sissons, archivist with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NMYR), is on the lookout for anyone who may have worked on or had an associatio­n with the Malton to Whitby line, or the Whitby to Scarboroug­h line before the lines were closed in 1965. Only one of those has survived in part as a railway line.

The Pickering to Grosmont section of the Malton to Whitby line is now run by NYMR as a preserved line. It was reopened in 1973 and has steadily grown to become the most popular heritage steam railway in Britain, attracting more than 300,000 visitors per year.

More recently, NYMR has been able to run services beyond Grosmont to Whitby on the main line, thanks to permission­s having been obtained from Network Rail. A second platform was built and opened last year in Whitby to accommodat­e the growth in both train services and passengers.

Mark said: “It is 50 years since these lines were removed from Britain’s national network and to commemorat­e this milestone I’m keen to hear from anyone with memories of these lines, either because they worked on them or they had a family member involved.”

His aim is to compile as many recordings as possible of people who remember in order to create an oral history for future generation­s.

Anyone who can provide informatio­n should email Mark at or contact Mark Sissons on 01751 475784 or 07801 657910.

 ?? SUBMITTED PHOTO ?? Goathland Station staff pictured around 1900.
SUBMITTED PHOTO Goathland Station staff pictured around 1900.

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