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Larpool Viaduct


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North Yorkshire Moors Railway – 19 September 2016

Since we were staying by the Esk in Ruswarp, North Yorkshire Moor Trains (NYMR) passed by four times a day. So a visit and trip to the railway was near the top of list of things to visit.

Activity at Grosmont with LMS 4-6-0 Class 5MT 45428  and BR 2-6-0 Class 4MT 76079

Activity at Grosmont with LMS 4-6-0 Class 5MT 45428 and BR 2-6-0 Class 4MT 76079
19 September 2016

We decided to join the train at Grosmont, leaving our accomodation as the first train of the day passed by on its way to Whitby. After parking and getting our ticket are Grosmont, we waited for the train from Whitby as it headed to Pickering. LMS 4-6-0 Class 5MT 45428 Eric Treacy was bringing the train in from Whitby, whilst BR 2-6-0 Class 4MT 76079 was sitting in the carriage sidings waiting to haul the next service from Grosmont to Pickering.

Finding our seats, we travelled south to Pickering, where we watch 45428 detach from the train to run-round and take the service back north.

45428 under the station roof at Pickering

45428 under the station roof at Pickering
19 September 2016

We went for a walk round the town, and visiting the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul before have lunch. By the time we had finished lunch the next train was waiting to take us to Whitby. NER 0-8-0 Class T2/Class Q6 63395 was in charge as far at Grosmont as it was not certified to take the train to Whitby.

NER 0-8-0 Class T2/Class Q6 63395 having come off the Whitby bound train at Grosmont

NER 0-8-0 Class T2/Class Q6 63395 having come off the Whitby bound train at Grosmont
19 September 2016

Once 63395 had been uncoupled from the train, and returned to the Grosmont engine shed, Class 25 diesel D7628 Sybilla was coupled up for the trip to Whitby.

Class 25 D7628 Sybilla coming onto the Whitby bound train at Grosmont

Class 25 D7628 Sybilla coming onto the Whitby bound train at Grosmont
19 September 2016

The journey into Whitby took us along the Esk Valley, crossing the river nine times, past Sleights and Ruswarp (and our accomodation). Beyond Ruswrap the Esk becomes tidal and the main feature is Larpool Viaduct where the extinct Scarborough and Whitby Railway crossed the Esk.

Larpool Viaduct

Larpool Viaduct
19 September 2016

In Whitby, there is a glazed tile mural of the North Eastern Railway network.

North Eastern Railway network map in Whitby

North Eastern Railway network map in Whitby
19 September 2016

As there was some time before the return train to Grosmont, we went for a walk around the harbour and found The Coffee Shop for a drink and cake.

The Coffee Shop in Whitby

The Coffee Shop in Whitby
19 September 2016

Returning to the station we caught the train back to Grosmont, where a final treat for diesel enthusiasts awaiting in the form of Class 37 37 264 to take the train from Grosmont to Pickering.

37 264 leaving Grosmont for Pickering

37 264 leaving Grosmont for Pickering
19 September 2016

After a day on the NYMR, we headed back to our accommodation in Ruswrap.

Chainbridge Riverside Retreats


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Whitby 2016 – Travel to Whitby and our first evening – 17 September 2016

With 2017 started, and planning for our 2017 holiday, we look back at 2016 holiday in North Yorkshire. Our original plans for 2016 had been to visit New Zealand, however family illness made that difficult to organise and it was fortuitous that we did not go as when we would have been in the air on the flight to Auckland, when New Zealand was hit by an earthquake which would have meant our plans for the south island would have put into disarray.

Anyway turning to the holiday we enjoyed in North Yorkshire. Our drive south, then east, on a September Saturday initially took us south down the M74 and M6 to Tebay Services. These are probably the best services on the motorway network. Whilst eating our lunch we watched the ducks on the pond.

Feeding duck at Tebay

Feeding duck at Tebay
17 September 2016

After lunch our journey took us east along the A685 to the A66 and the east coast. At Middlesborough, our journey took us onto the A171 and A174 towards Whitby.

Our accommodation, Chainbridge Riverside Retreats, was in Ruswrap, just inland from Whitby on the River Esk. As with Tebay services, we had ducks to watch.

Riiver Esk at Ruswrap

Riiver Esk at Ruswrap
17 September 2016

Having unpacked and fed Cosmo, we went for a walk along the side of the river to the centre of Ruswrap village. Whilst there, the last North Yorkshire Moors Railway train from Whitby to Grosmont came along, hauled by British Railway 2-6-0 Class 4MT 76079.

76079 approaching Ruswrap

76079 approaching Ruswrap
17 September 2016

After our walk, we went to The Stables at Cross Butts for an evening meal. The desert/pudding menu looked great and could not be missed.

Chocolate Sundae

Chocolate Sundae
17 September 2016

Rice Pudding with Blackcurrant Coulis

Rice Pudding with Blackcurrant Coulis
17 September 2016