The iconic line from Pickering to Whitby is a case point. Deemed surplus to requirements, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is now one of the country’s pre-eminent heritage lines.
Saved for the nation by the goodwill of volunteers who saw a future for the route, its future as a first class tourism attraction will be even more assured once a £9.8m fundraising initiative, dubbed Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey, is finally completed to upgrade facilities.
Yet, while £300,000 is needed, the idyllic line, one of the most beautiful in Britain, is due to reopen to the public in April and offers passengers a relaxing journey back in time on a line that should never have closed in the first place. And that is the greatest irony of all as the NYMR continues to steam ahead.