Volunteers of the Yorkshire Wolds Railway are busy making final preparations for the public reopening of the site at Fimber Halt

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

 

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 explained “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 1000ft! 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.”

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 £5700 towards our £8000 brake van restoration target. We are now on a final push for the £2300 needed to complete the works which has been set up at www.yorkshirewoldsrailway.org.uk/support and any amount donated would be gratefully received.”

Creating a covid secure environment for the visitor has also been a major consideration for the YWR with Matthew continuing “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!”

Anyone wishing to join the YWR can do so by visiting the support pages of their website at www.yorkshirewoldsrailway.org.uk/support There you can not only make a donation to the cause of your choice, but can also learn how to become a member.

The YWR re-opens to the public on Sunday 30 May from 11am – 5pm and will be open every Sunday and bank holiday until the end of September.

The YWR is always keen to involve new people, and anyone interested in becoming a member or volunteering, making a donation or just finding out more can visit the Yorkshire Wolds Railway website or call 01377 338053 for more information.

Photo shows L-R Ian Coulson, Dave Green, Celia Wilkinson and Alan Brown on part of the newly constructed platform at Fimber Halt

 

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