Launch of railway’s summer timetable

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DAILY steam services return to the region this weekend as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway launches its summer timetable on Saturday with trains running daily between Pickering, Levisham, Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby.

This winter workers have been working around the clock to get the railway ready for the start of the summer timetable with the complete renewal of Bridge 7 at Pickering our big challenge.

Last weekend the project was completed on time to allow Pickering station to welcome the first steam train of the season thanks to the help of many volunteers and staff.

General manager Philip Benham said: “Last year was an interesting year for the Railway which saw income exceed budget during special events, and products such as our ever popular Pullman Dining train and footplate experiences doing extremely well.

“Although visitor numbers were slightly down by 2.2 per cent compared to 2010’s record breaking year, over almost 10,000 more people used our trains to Whitby, bringing the total number of Whitby passengers to over 100,000 for the first time.

“The railway can still boost being the world’s most popular heritage railway with 352,000 visitors travelling on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway over the year.”

Trains depart daily from Saturday March 31 to Sunday November 4 from all stations between Pickering and Whitby.