October 2016

All change


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Our last month of the season started with a very busy weekend with the autumn steam gala.

Just in front of the coffee shop, the railway used its large steam crane to offload a narrow gauge engine and three carriages it borrowed from the Ffestiniog railway. It ran the resulting train through the small 1836 tunnel to the NYMR engine sheds on the other side, carrying lots of excited passengers.

The attraction of this little train, alongside other 'guest engines' on the full size line brought lots of people to Grosmont and the coffee shop.

For most of its life, the tunnel has been used for pedestrians only. During the first ten years of the railway (1836 - 1846) it was the only tunnel. The trains of that period - which were all horse drawn, rather than steam hauled - ran through it.

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We had a busy 'Railway in Wartime' weekend too. Lots of customers dressed in 1940s period outfits, as did our staff

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Emily baked lemon halloween cakes for our final weekend.

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We have had a great season and are now ready to enjoy our winter break.