Worker killed and trains halted on North York Moors steam railway
A RAIL worker has died after becoming trapped between two trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
The man died in an incident at Grosmont Station on the heritage steam line, at about 12.30pm, British Transport Police said.
A spokesman said: “Officers were called to Grosmont rail station on Monday May 21 following a report of an incident involving a member of staff working on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
“BTP and North Yorkshire Police officers attended the incident which was reported to BTP at 12.30pm, and is believed to be non-suspicious.
“Paramedics also attended but the man, who is believed to be in his sixties, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“An investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the man’s death. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.”
Grosmont, six miles from Whitby, is the northern terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
It is a popular and well-known tourist attraction which runs steam trains through spectacular moorland scenery on an 18-mile route from Grosmont to Pickering.
There is an intersection at Grosmont between the NYMR heritage line and regular train services between Middlesbrough and Whitby.
Around the station there are workshops and other sidings used by the NYMR. The NYMR website carried an announcement this afternoon which said: “All services are currently suspended due to a serious incident at Grosmont. “The North Yorkshire Moors Railway apologises for any inconvenience caused.”
The railway confirmed that train services had been suspended for the rest of today, although it is hoped that they will resume from tomorrow morning.
Research has shown that the line is the world’s most popular heritage steam railway, bringing in more than £30m a year to the local economy.
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