Railway cycle rally held

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PEDAL power arrived on the North York Moors Railway recently as the first ever velocipede rally took place on 9 November.

A velocipede is a hand or foot-powered machine that travels along a railway line, and seven of the machines arrived at Newbridge Yard in Pickering for the inaugural trip to Levisham and Grosmont.

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Velocipede rally at Grosmont''w124502a

The machines were first built to propel workers along new track and ranged from ultra-modern recumbent vehicles to an original wooden hand and foot-powered Bouda machine that was over 100 years old.

Caroline Robson, who was involved with the organisation of the event, said: “The velocipedians were shown the token which ensured that no locomotives would be allowed on the track and they set off on the gentle climb to Levisham.

“The unusual convey went its way across the moors horns and klaxons honking at every Crossing. Several pit stops were required but finally all seven machines made it the four and bit miles to Levisham where a crowd had gathered to cheer the velocipedes into the station.”

After a break and some essential repairs the convoy headed back to Pickering.

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Velocipede rally at Grosmont''w124502c

They then also took a trip, by road, to Grosmont, where they were once again shown to curious onlookers.