Re-visiting the 1940s at Wartime event

In costume at Goathland for the Railway in Wartime event
In costume at Goathland for the Railway in Wartime event

The organisers of the annual Railway in Wartime weekend have described this year’s event as a “great success”.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway turned back the clocks to World War Two in Goathland and Grosmont, with re-enactors, visitors, volunteers and staff involved in an action-packed weekend.

The three-day event saw daily ticket sales on the heritage railway increase by five per cent.

NYMR’s Danielle Ramsey said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with more people travelling from Whitby into the Moors, the steam trains running to time, and the fantastic weather which was the icing on the cake.”

Goathland Station hosted Pontefract Home Guard and a number of ‘make-do-and-mend’ displays while Grosmont became a base for RAF operations and enjoyed a fly-by from a Tiger Moth plane.

A remembrance service was also held to commemorate the service railwaymen and women who lost their lives during World War Two.

After the success of this year’s event, NYMR plan to increase train services out of Whitby for 2015’s Railway in Wartime weekend, which will take place between October 16 and 18.

NYMR have said that after two years without events in the town, they are keen for Whitby to host festivities again in the future, providing that local volunteers can be found to help co-ordinate proceedings.