Get involved with East Yorkshire’s heritage railway

Volunteers of the Yorkshire Wolds Railway move some track into place at Fimber Halt. Photo by Mike Hopps.

East Yorkshire’s heritage railway, the Yorkshire Wolds Railway, is busily preparing to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by opening all four days in a row – and it’s hosting a volunteering taster day, too.

John Lidster, chairman of the YWR, said: “This is certainly a first for us. We usually open one day a week, and have done two before, but never four days in a row, so it’s exciting. Opening all four days will really give the public who have not been able to visit a great opportunity to do so, and we look forward to welcoming those visitors to Fimber Halt throughout the jubilee celebrations between 10am and 4pm daily.”

In addition, the Thursday will also see a Volunteer Taster Day take place. Operations director Martyn Jones said: “This is really about showing people who want to get involved what they can expect as a volunteer at the YWR by speaking to existing volunteers from all departments. If you have an interest in anything from making cups of tea and painting to track laying and locomotive driving and everything in between, then we have a rewarding volunteering opportunity for you.”

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While work continues on site, fundraising also takes place offsite at a variety of events. Always keen to try different things, business development director Katy Bowser said: “Our next fundraising activity will be a treasure hunt on Sunday, June 12, starting from the Derwent Valley Light Railway at Murton Park near York, with registration between 10am and 11am. All the clues as you drive will have you finishing back at our very own Fimber Halt. It should take around two to three hours to complete and will be a good fun family day. The cost is £12 per car and there is a prize for the fastest, most accurate entry.”

Visitors to the site at Fimber Halt can enjoy a cab ride along the 1000ft of track, walk through the visitor centre, or catch up on the ongoing restoration work on the brake van and second locomotive Patricia. Access to the visitor centre and car park at Fimber Halt is free and a cab ride is £3.50 per person.

Anyone looking for more information on either the Volunteer Taster Day, treasure hunt, or the YWR in general should email info@yorkshirewoldsrailway.org.uk or call 01377 338053.

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