50th Anniversary Closure Of The Line

50th Anniversary Closure Of The Line

Today the North Yorkshire Moors Railway announced on Twitter that it is the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the original services and to mark this event they have announced a special timetable

Here is the information from their website ….

On 8 March 1965 the railway route between Grosmont and Rillington, near Malton, was closed by British Railways under the infamous “Beeching Axe”. The NYMR is planning to mark the 50th anniversary of this monumental event, starting with a weekend (6-8 March) of traction that reflects what would’ve been seen when the line closed. Including K1 No. 62005 and K4 No. 3442 (now 61994) “The Great Marquess”, the scenic diesel railcar (Class 101 DMU), Class A4 Pacific No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley, in the locomotives last season before withdrawal for overhaul in September 2015 and newly overhauled Standard Class 4 2-6-0 76079 will be in reserve. Class B1 No. 61264 was previously scheduled to run, but has been withdrawn.

On Friday 6 March (exactly half a century after the last day of running, Saturday 6th March 1965), the two locos 61994 and 62005 will work a special Pullman dining train to commemorate completion of the project to rebuild a second platform at Whitby station and to thank the team of volunteers, staff and partners involved in the project which just this weekend took the top honour in the 2014 Heritage Railway Association awards.

View source for full information 

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To reflect the history of this closure we have the following locomotives scheduled to be working on this weekend:

K4 2-6-0 61994 ‘The Great Marquess’
This loco worked the special on the last day in 1965.

K1 2-6-0 62005
Also worked the special on the last day in 1965.

A4 4-6-2 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’
This is the loco’s last season before withdrawal for overhaul.

Cl 101 DMU
A similar type of Diesel Multiple Unit that worked the last train in 1965.

Class 25 D7628
This type of loco would also have been seen on the line around the time of the closure.

BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0 76079
This newly overhauled locomotive will be on standby for the weekend.


Main Picture – Dave Wood 

Sir Nigel Gresley – Mike Whatton 

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