The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is due to return to our TV screens on Friday, February 21 at 8pm in the first part of new series on Channel 5.
Titled ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’, the third series will follow the same lovable cast of characters doing their best to keep Britain’s busiest heritage railway on track.
In this series, there’s more drama, more humour and more magnificent steam engines – all set against the glorious backdrop of North Yorkshire.
Challenges on shed
Down at the engine shed in Grosmont, as usual, the old locomotives drive Piglet (Paul Middleton, traction & rolling stock manger) to distraction. In this series it’s S160 Omaha, a World War Two American-built 2-8-0 steam locomotive and British Railways 9F class No. 92134 which give him no end of grief. Piglet has been promoted, but seems to spend more time in his overalls than behind his desk.
Kieran Murray, head of carriage & wagon is a ‘put upon percy’ but can’t hide his boyish excitement when he gets to let off an anti-tank gun at a War Weekend. Trainee driver Phil gets in a lather on a baking bank holiday. General manager Chris Price stalks the railway with a permanent frown, forever worrying where the £8 million he needs to run the railway will come from.
There are record crowds for a record number of engines at the annual steam gala, but once again the 9F comes back to haunt Piglet on the eve of the event. Elsewhere, Bert Blower’s still on platform duty, with his inimitable boyish enthusiasm, and Gill and Sam are still bickering on the Pullman dining train.
However, no matter what disasters befall the railway, everything seems to come good in the end. So come on, climb aboard for another six charming, funny and action-packed rides on North Yorkshire Moors Railway.Enjoy more Heritage Railway reading in the four-weekly magazine. Click here to subscribe.