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Steam Railway To Run Trains Between Grosmont and Whitby - 1405/3900
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 13th February 2007

Last month the North Yorkshire Moors Railway agreed a contract with Network Rail and was awarded a passenger licence by the Office of Rail Regulation , enabling regular steam services between Pickering and Whitby for the first time since the line was axed in the Beeching cuts (link below.)

NYMR brought 18 miles of track , between Pickering and Grosmont, back into use in 1973. Now , in what is thought to be a first for a heritage railway , trains will run on track owned by Network Rail when services use a stretch between Grosmont and Whitby , completing the route to the coast.

A sign of things to come?

[quote author=Writersblock link=topic=989.msg2845#msg2845 date=1168371687]As I said, give them over to enthusiasts with a minimum service requirement in their contracts and let them run steam in summer and keep it going with restored diesels or legacy DMUs all the rest of the time. I'll grant you it may be questionable whether enthusiasts would have the business wherewithal but you can bet they'd bust a gut trying. Also, enthusiasts from all over the country would be flocking down there to travel on them![/quote]

[quote author=Lee link=topic=989.msg2868#msg2868 date=1168432513]You may be interested in an e-mail that I received dated 01/03/2006 (final part removed to protect source) :

Dear Lee

Thanks for responding to my e-mail regarding the possible closure of branch lines in Cornwall.

As you know, there are no proposed closures at present.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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