Railway in Wartime weekend gets underway

144132a'Wartime weekend 'Alan Longthorn of the Home Guard prepares to defend Pickering Station'Picture by Neil Silk'10/10/14
144132a'Wartime weekend 'Alan Longthorn of the Home Guard prepares to defend Pickering Station'Picture by Neil Silk'10/10/14

The festivities are underway at North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s annual extravaganza - the Railway in Wartime weekend.

Thousands of people are expected to visit Pickering and stations along the heritage railway line over the next two days as the railway turns the clocks back to 1943.

Philip Benham, the railway’s general manager, completed the “hand over” of the railway to members of the Allied Forces Movement Control - Northern Command World War II re-enactment group at a ceremony at Pickering Station this morning (Friday, October 10).

He paid tribute to two railwaymen, from the Ryedale and Whitby areas, who had lost their lives in World War I and World War II before asking the assembled audience to remember the sacrifices made by railway personnel during both wars.

“Despite the entertainment, music, fashion and camaraderie you will see over the next two days, that there is a serious side to the reflection.

“We hope you will go back thinking about what the railways did during World War II.”

Saturday, perhaps the busiest day of the weekend, will see thousands of people line the streets of Pickering for the traditional Foot and Civilian Vehicle Parade at a little after 11.30am.

This will be followed on Sunday by the Military Vehicle Parade at around the same time.

Elsewhere, Goathland, Grosmont and Levisham stations will all feature entertainment, displays and other attractions by the different World War II re-enactment groups