North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Pickering


Pickering is the perfect start to your steam train adventure, leaving the charming village the trains to Whitby go through stations evocative of an earlier era.

  • Levisham is an 1912 style station, accessible by one solitary hill road and suitable mainly for sheep and walkers (if they are different).
  • Newton Dale requires you to make a special request for the Guard to stop the train at this tiny, picturesque halt.
  • Goathland or should I say Aidensfield or Hogsmeade from Harry Potter, is just a few yards up the hill from the station.
  • Grosmont is a 50’s style British rail station and home for the engine sheds. ( My uncle worked for British rail as a welder, he put the tops on the pork pies).
  • So into Whitby and on some days up the Esk Valley railway to Battersby.

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The original NYMR route started at Whitby and ran through to Malton Junction. The southern section from Pickering to Malton has long since passed into history – or has it? Read more in ‘A Nostalgic Trip Along the Former Whitby and Pickering Railway and Through to Malton’ on Amazon

Pickering and the Railway

  • Experience an unforgettable lunch, afternoon tea or dinner on board the Pullman Dining Train or eat in one of Pickering’s cafes or public houses.
  • Pickering Station is a fine  building from the 1840’s built for the York and North Midland Railwayafter they took over the Whitby and Pickering Railway.
  • Local residents set up the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Society in 1967 to preserve the line.
  •  Peter’s Railway Young Engineer’s Centre on platform 2 is an interactive exhibition for children to learn about engineering and science through storytelling.
  • Peters railway is a series of books published in Pickering

Otley Recognises Our Diamond Queen

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A celebration of the written and spoken word will take the form of a competition on the theme of Diamonds to recognise ‘The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee’ in Otley, West Yorkshire.
The closing date for entries is 20th January 2012 so get your poems or short stories in to good order. ‘To take part in the free-to-enter competition, all you have to do is polish up your writing skills by entering a short story of up to 600 words or a poem of up to 60 lines on the theme of ‘Diamond’. Diamonds are renowned for their brilliance and rarity, but you don’t just have to stick to the jewel, any interpretation of the word and its associations is fine.’
Adult winners will receive two free tickets to the ‘Grand Opening Feast of Creative Writing’ on March 9th plus a mystery gift and an opportunity to read their winning work. Younger winners will receive Amazon gift vouchers from the Otley town mayor.

Otley Creative Writing Word Feast

The Word Feast will be a weekend series of events in March and Grand Opening Feast is planned for Korks wine bar on Friday the 9th March 2012 with lots of other events over the weekend.
Come to Wetherspoon’s at The Bowling Green to discuss how you get from the blank page to the finished manuscript or poem. Local writers will be starting off the discussion.
On the poetry front Pat Borthwick ‘will use a variety of starting points to inspire ‘sensational’ new writing. There will be published poems available as models and the session will include some quiet time to develop one or two of your starting points further. The last hour will be set aside for readback/feedback time so that your poem gets its first public airing. Constructive comments will be encouraged so that writers take home from the workshop ideas for ways to further improve their poems’.
That is not all with events to suit all ages and skill levels.

Other Otley Events and Activities

Besides this inaugural writing festival Otley hosts a very popular Walking Festival, Agricultural Show, Carnival, Cycle Races, Street Festival, Vintage Transport Extravaganza, Folk Festival including a ‘poems and pints’ event, Beer Festival, Science Festival and Victorian Christmas Fayre.
Keep an eye on Otley as a lively community is always bringing new ideas to locals and visitors.

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Other Contacts

Otley Courthouse
Otley Word Feast
Otley Town web site
Otley Film Society

Rights of Way – Rights of Bradfordians

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Should this be called West Field or Bradford Folly Foot in mouth?
Without a better name ‘Temporary Park’ will have to do!

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It peeved lots of Braford citizens when Forster Square was decimated and the rights of way along Broadway were hacked around to suit the councils remodeling plans. Planning was approved over 8 years ago.
It is a bit rich telling us that making the eyesore slightly less ugly is not creating a new right of way.

I guess a right of way is the last thing Bradford folk want and if the council need more feed back then they should first act on what they have already been told. Councillors could reflect in the City Hall lake for example.
The next local elections is likely to demonstrate a total lack of belief in the council.

Clock that

See the internal photographs of the New Vic or Gaumont before 3 more years of abject neglect.