North Yorkshire heritage line’s defiance of Beeching cuts – The Yorkshire Post says

THE North’s transport woes can – in many respects – be traced back to the sheer short-sightedness of the infamous Beeching cuts of the 1960s when the local rail network was dismantled.

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.

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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.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway prepares for re-opening sometime in 2021. Pictured is Chris Kelley, foreman/boiler smith, carrying out renovation work in a steam loco boiler. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Pictured is engineer Adrian Dennis at work in Grosmont Engine Shed as North Yorkshire Moors Railway prepares for its re-opening. Picture Bruce Rollinson