Things To Do At Whitby – Railway in Wartime – 10th – 12th October 2014
Railway In Wartime Photographs
It is now 70 years since the Normandy beach landings, but for three days, the clocks will be turned back to the 1940s as part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s annual ‘Railway in Wartime’ weekend, running from 10 to 12 October 2014.
During the Railway in Wartime weekend, anyone travelling along the historic railway will be greeted by 1940s characters at every station, whilst the car park at Pickering Station will become a hub of entertainment and activity, from vintage stalls to live bands. The weekend launches at 11.15am on Friday 10 October, when a flag is raised to mark the railway being officially handed over to the re-enactors.
“We have made a few changes this year so that we can cope with the tens of thousands of visitors that this event attracts every year,” comments marketing manager, Danielle Ramsey. “Due to the sheer number of passengers and re-enactors involved, access to the platforms at Pickering will be restricted to those who have valid tickets to travel and re-enactors, and we have moved more of our activities into the Pickering Station car park. We’re also hosting a marquee for the Sidings Theatre Club, and for just £1 admission, visitors can watch live music, singers, dancing displays and even a wartime cinema showing newsreel films to really get people in the 1940s mood!”
Further up the line, Levisham station will be transformed into the German-occupied French village of Le Visham, with its own Café Alles du Bois providing sustenance for visitors and members of the French Resistance! Goathland Station will provide a home for Pontefract Home Guard, with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s junior volunteers taking part in drills, whilst other civilians make the best of the wartime rationing with ‘make-do-and-mend’ displays throughout the weekend.
Although it may be better known as a railway station, Grosmont will become the base of operations for the RAF over the Railway in Wartime Weekend, with a replica Spitfire in the car park and an authentic RAF Dispersal Hut, which would have been used by fighter pilots as they awaited the call to take to the air. If low cloud or bad weather doesn’t scupper their strategic plans, the ground-based displays will be supplemented by a Tiger Moth fly-by at 1.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
As usual, a full list of all the events, activities and articles, and a full timetable of trains along the heritage railway, will be included in the annual North Riding Chronicle – the official newspaper of the Railway in Wartime Weekend – is available from Pickering Station priced at just £1.
Visitors wanting to travel aboard the railway are strongly recommended to pre-book tickets ahead of the event, as the carriages often reach capacity during the Railway in Wartime event. Tickets can be booked online at www.nymr.co.uk, in person from any of the stations along the line, or by calling 01751 472508.
The 1940s action is not just confined to the railway, with a host of supporting events planned around the towns, too, including two parades through the centre of the Pickering town. On Saturday morning (starting around 10.50am), the Foot Parade of costumed re-enactors will march through the town centre from Middleton Road, down Potter Hill to pause at the Memorial Hall, and then onto Market Place and Smiddy Hill. The foot soldiers will be joined a few minutes later by a cavalcade of 1940s civilian vehicles, with the best viewing areas along Market Place and Smiddy Hill. On Sunday, a host of military vehicles will follow a slightly different route around the town, starting and finishing at Pickering Station.
Whats On At The North York Moors War Weekend – Station Guide
The details below are a summary of what’s on at each station, for full details buy our wartime paper The North Ridings Chronicle, costing £1 this paper not only has all the details of what’s on and the train timetable but also some interesting and informative articles and details of what’s on elsewhere around Pickering. It can be purchased in our shops, or online:
Pickering Station Car Park
Entry to the car park is free, there will be traders, and displays including Scarborough Amateur Radio Society who will be broadcasting live from the event, The Aden Veterans, Cockleshell Heroes, Help for Heroes, and others. Also new this year will be our entertainment marquee which will be housing the Sidings Theatre Club (£1 entrance to include song book) will offer a mixture of entertainment, a real ale bar, theatrical revues, and a wartime cinema. Or why not try the All American coffee shop, serving favourites such as Hot dogs, doughnuts, cookies, Coke and potato chips as well as coffee and hot chocolate. Opening times : Friday 10th October lunchtime til early evening, Saturday 11th October 10am to 6pm and Sunday 12th October 10am to 4pm.
The opening of the event at 11.15 am the flag raising ceremony takes place on Platform 1.
There will be movements of evacuees from various schools up and down the line and entertainment.
From 10.30am entertainment will be on the cobbled area outside the station and in the car park, please note there is no entertainment on the station platforms due to overcrowding in previous years. Only those with a valid ticket or 2014 travel pass will be allowed on platform 1. Re-enactors in period dress will still be able to access platform 2.
Entertainment as above, plus at approximately 4.10pm we will be holding a short remembrance service at the memorial on Platform 1. We close the gates 5 minutes before the ceremony. The event then ends at around 4.30pm with the closing ceremony.
There is no parking at Levisham station from the evening of Thursday 9th October to the morning of Monday 13th October. The closest parking is on the moors above the station, National Park Rangers will be on hand to direct traffic.
Once again Levisham becomes Le Visham, a German occupied French village. Please be aware that re-enactors will be in German uniforms, please do not alight here if you may find this offensive.
Cafe Alle Du Bois will be open serving beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, as well as french onion soup, baguettes, croissants and pastries and other tasty treats. Also Levisham Weighbridge tea hut will be open serving hot drinks and tasty treats.
Goathland is our home front station, Pontefract Home Guard will be there doing their air raid scenario and watching out for enemy aircraft. You can also see a Bevin Boy, various displays of agricultural implements, washday scenarios. Dickie Lines will be there providing the entertainment.
Grosmont will once again be transformed into an RAF base. There will be a Battle of Britain MK9 replica Spitfire alongside which is a Dispersal Hut. Thee will be a Military Radio working display in the ticket office, soup and rolls available at the top of the passenger ramp from the car park. Cake and tart stalls with vintage lemonade will also be in situ. Company B Theatre group will be playing wartime themed variety shows during the day in the marquee on Platform 2 during the day, and Jive Mood will be on platform 3 from 12pm Saturday and 11am Sunday.
Ryedale folk museum will be in the ladies waiting room with a rag rug demonstration.
Weather permitting an RAF 1940 Tiger Moth will perform a flyby over Grosmont station at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Bishop Auckland Pipe Band will perform on Platform 3 on Sunday with the first performance starting at 10am.
Relive the amazing spirit and camaraderie of World War II and enjoy the various re-enactments, entertainment, street parades and vehicle displays along the line at Pickering, Le Visham, Goathland and Grosmont Stations.
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