Yorkshire Wolds Railway on track for Sunday, May 30 reopening

Volunteers of the Yorkshire Wolds Railway are busy making final preparations for the public reopening of the site at Fimber Halt on Sunday, May 30 at 11am.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 3:21 pm
Ian Coulson, Dave Green, Celia Wilkinson and Alan Brown on part of the newly constructed platform at Fimber Halt.
Ian Coulson, Dave Green, Celia Wilkinson and Alan Brown on part of the newly constructed platform at Fimber Halt.

The site closed at the end of September 2019, and whilst preparations where well underway for opening in March 2020, these were dashed by the pandemic. The result of this being that the YWR did not open for any of the 2020 season resulting in a loss of income for the fully volunteer run, charity organisation.

However, when government guidelines allowed, Covid-secure working practises where set up and willing volunteers returned to continue construction of East Yorkshire’s only heritage railway.

Membership secretary Matthew Brown said: “Our amazing volunteers have pulled out all the stops to give the public a much improved experience when visiting us at Fimber Halt.

The biggest changes being a completely rebuilt platform and tripling the length of our track to around 1,000ft!

“Having listened to customer feedback and thanks to a very generous donation, we have also just taken delivery of a newly constructed toilet block which is fully access compliant.”

Creating a covid secure environment for the visitor has also been a major consideration for the YWR.

Mr Brown added: “hand sanitiser will be made available and a screen has been constructed in our shop.

“The visitor centre and locomotive cab rides will all be fully open and we will be limiting the number of people in each at the same time to allow for social distancing. We just can’t wait to have visitors back at the YWR!”

Volunteers are still hard at work continuing restoration work on a 1961 brake van originally delivered to the YWR on Yorkshire Day in 2018. Throughout Covid, the team led by Andy Barwick and Keith Jakowyszyn, have worked tirelessly replacing timber, tidying metal work, and making parts from new.

Chairman Phil Robson explained: “A big thank you must go to all those who have kindly donated in excess of £5,700 towards our £8,000 brake van restoration target. We are now on a final push for the £2,300 needed to complete the works which has been set up at www.yorkshirewoldsrailway.org.uk/support and any amount donated would be gratefully received.”