175th anniversary of Whitby and Pickering Railway

Pic courtesy of Yorkshire Post'A native of North Yorkshire, the Duchess of Kent, opened the Grosmont to Pickering section of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on May 1, 1973. '' ''Just a part of the 175 years history of the Whitby-Pickering line.

Pic courtesy of Yorkshire Post'A native of North Yorkshire, the Duchess of Kent, opened the Grosmont to Pickering section of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on May 1, 1973. '' ''Just a part of the 175 years history of the Whitby-Pickering line.

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This Thursday, 26 May, is 175 years to the day since the opening of the Whitby to Pickering Railway.

It was the sixth passenger railway to be built in England, and it was built by the father of the railways, George Stephenson.

To mark that fact a special anniversary Pullman service will run from Whitby on Thursday 26 May, departing at 6pm.

Guests who have paid for their Pullman dining experience will be joined by trustees of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR).

The trustees, along with the general manager, Philip Benham, will be in 1830’s costume to add to the spectacle of the occasion.

Tornado, Britain’s newest steam locomotive, will be waiting at Grosmont in order to haul the anniversary Pullman to Pickering and back although the first leg of the journey from Whitby to Grosmont will be hauled by another steam engine

Thursday 26 May will also mark the first day of operation of Tornado on the NYMR.

The engine will be running as a guest along the railway line until 5 June and it will be the first opportunity for steam fans to ride behind it in its new BR Green livery.

It was first unveiled to the public in 2009 and is the first new steam engine to have been built in over 50 years, at a cost of £3 million. The engine is known as a Peppercorn A1 class.

All of the original locomotives were scrapped in the late 1960s, meaning that Tornado had to be built from scratch, following the original plans at the National Railway Museum.

The A1s were the final development of the LNER (London North Eastern Railway) Pacific design, started by Nigel Gresley.

He was the Chief Mechanical Engineer at the LNER and later became Sir Nigel Gresley.