With less than a week to go until the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is pleased to announce that they plan to run two engines during the time the Torch is carried on the railway.
Philip Benham, General Manager explains that “We hope to use the streamlined A4 Pacific locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley – itself a world record holder as the fastest steam engine since the Second World War, at a speed of 112mph in 1959 and the locomotive Green Knight, 75029 as the torch works its way through the heart of the national park on its journey from Whitby to Pickering”
It departs Whitby Station at 10:09 and is due to arrive at 11:34 in Pickering Station. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is extremely privileged to be given the opportunity not only to carry the Olympic Torch from Whitby to Pickering; it is the only Heritage Railway that is lucky enough to be carrying the torch on the footplate. “The community is very much at the heart of the event and we have invited 220 school children from along the line on-board the “Torchbearer” to help us celebrate this fantastic day” said Phillip Benham.
Amongst the invited party will be Rooney Masara a former 1972 British Olympian and his Wife who run Beech Farm Cottages just outside Pickering. Rooney Masara explains “My father took me to the 1948 Olympics when I was 5 years old, I was lucky enough to be in the British Team for the Munich Olympics in 1972 and so as you can imagine I am excited about London 2012 and having the Torch Relay on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.”
The “Torchbearer” train and Whitby Station are not open to the public, and there is limited access to the platform at Pickering Station. Danielle Bradley, Marketing Manager for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway explains “there is no better place to see the Torch in Whitby or Pickering. In Whitby the route runs through the town before entering the station and once it arrives in Pickering it leaves the railway and onto Park Street before passing The Ropery and onto the A170 towards Scarborough where it is in torchbearer mode until the 40mph sign. Anywhere along both routes would be an ideal place to see this monumental event.”
The NYMR will be running to a special timetable on Monday 18th June 2012 between Pickering and Whitby. The 10.09 service from Whitby and the 12.00 service from Pickering will not be available to the public. Other services are still in operation throughout the day, please check www.nymr.co.uk before you set off on your journey.
Fares are £22.50 for adults, £19.50 for seniors and £11.30 for children for a day rover ticket allowing unlimited travel between Pickering and Whitby. A family ticket (two adults and up to four children) is available for just £45.00. Children under five ride free.
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18th June Timetable
Trains run daily until Sunday 4th November 2012
Information regarding parking in Pickering
- A park and ride service will be operating from Pickering Showground on the A169, to Eastgate Square Car Park. There will be a small charge for this service.
- The North Yorkshire Moors Railway pay and display car park (£4 all day) is open to the public but with restricted use, please arrive early.
- On street parking along the route or in parking bays will not be available on the day. The market will be operational and Market Place will also be closed to traffic.
- A temporary car park is available at Pickering Recreation Club. Follow the signs on Recreation Road, as you enter Pickering on A169. Charges will apply.
- Pay and Display car parks are available at Vivis Lane, Eastgate Square Car Parks. However, part of these car parks will be restricted use only.