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31 July 2013

Ride the North York Moors Railway

This summer marks 40 years since the North York Moors reopened, following a route that was originally opened as the Whitby & Pickering Railway in 1836, in a drive to halt the decline of the sea port of Whitby, where the local whaling and shipbuilding industries were already in decline.

Today, the railway offers a tourist route along the full route from Whitby to Pickering, with some beautiful scenery en route. The trains and stations are particularly picturesque, so much so indeed that they have appeared in a host of films and television programmes, hosting everyone from the Harry Potters to Heartbeat, Brideshead Revisited, All Creatures Great and Small and Poirot, alongside a particularly memorable feature in the music video for Simply Red's Holding Back the Years.

For more, see http://www.nymr.co.uk/

^Picture © Thomas Tolkien used under a Creative Commons license^

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