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Green Express Special Easter 2006
Green Express Railtours ran a special train from North Wales and York to Scarborough via Bridlington on Easter Monday 17 th April. Said Nick Harvey ‘Green Express Railtours, aim to promote better use of public transport. A great way to do this is by serving smaller local stations; this provides a direct train from the convenience of resident's local station. We have found many of our passengers have not used a train in the last year, some not in the last 40!
The special train traveled from York , leaving at 11.45 to Scarborough on a round trip of almost 150 miles through some of the best scenery in the East Riding. The tour was a scenic circular land cruise round the North and East Riding of Yorkshire. First through Selby, then alongside the Humber Estuary past the great Humber Bridge . Then the Yorkshire Coast Line, via the Wolds , past Beverley Minster, to Bridlington, where the train will arrived at 13.50.
This offered rail enthusiasts a chance to take a photograph of the rare sight these days of a locomotive hauled train over the Yorkshire Coast Line. The train then continued, with passengers enjoying the sea views to Flamborough Head and Filey andl to the spa town of Scarborough for a 2 hour break. The train then returned to York at 6pm via the picturesque line through Malton, along the River Derwent.
The train will comprised of 12 heritage coaches from the 1950's and 60's. All passengers on the train were seated around a table of four, so they could enjoy the scenery from the large picture windows. The train had a buffet car service on board and all passengers had reserved seats. A travel guide was produced giving a description of the journey and also information about the varied attractions in Scarborough. Tickets were priced at the bargain rate of just £19 per person.
The train was operated by West Coast Railways of Carnforth, Britain 's smallest independent train operating company. They are rather unusual in Britain in that, they own (rather than lease) their own depot, locomotives, coaches and maintenance facilities and have a growing team of dedicated train crew to staff their trains. West Coast Railways was using two locomotives from their fleet of heritage traction based at their Lancashire depot.
Nick Harvey ‘Very few of our passengers from North Wales will ever have travelled the Yorkshire Coast Line from Hull to Scarborough via Bridlington, it is a beautiful run by train, a far superior journey than travelling by road. On the train we promoted the area as a great short break destination in the future for our Welsh visitors, easily accessible by modern trains that link the coastal route with the main network at Scarborough, Hull, Sheffield and Doncaster.
The Rail Development officer, Dave Walford assisted by members of the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership traveled on the train giving out information about the Yorkshire coast line and all places on route.
On board we had publicity material about Bridlington and the latest 'Coast Lines' booklet produced by the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership, an informative guide to events and activities along the rural railway line. We received a posotive response from passengers and many I am sure will return for a holiday in the near future.
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