Just a very short blog for today, I’m busy framing images for The Silver Street Gallery, and it’s my sons 1st birthday so its a very busy day here.
For the past couple of years Ive been too busy to visit The North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Wartime event. But this year I made the decision to head up onto the line and enjoy the event.
Helen dropped me at Grosmont mid morning and I caught the first train across the moors to Pickering. As always it was a fantastic ride across the moors through that amazing valley at Newtondale and Levisham.
The moorland and forest now taking on its full autumn coat the scenery was superb. As always I keep an eye on the sky and in the forests. This time I managed to spot several buzzards and many Jay’s in the area around Skelton towers and Levisham. This area really is a haven for wildlife.
Getting off the train in Pickering you get an instant feel for what this event is all about. The streets were packed, a majority of people in period costume. If you have never attended a war weekend, then put it on your list for next year, you wont be disappointed.
I spent a couple of hours in pickering, snapping as I went. Next up was a visit to Le Visham. A German occupied French Village for the weekend. What is apparent here is the massive effort the railway goes to. The scene is very believable. All the station signs are changed and German Guards walk the platforms checking the paperwork of the many visitors. Re-enactors were demonstrating the german radar systems used in World War Two. Amusing and very educational, it was a well spent 15 minutes.
Back in Goathland for Twilight, the lights of the station platform creating a very special feeling. Soldiers, Airforce men and women, Doctors, Nurses, Sailors and Submariners all boarding trains on a steam filled platform, returning home to loved ones or off to fight for freedom on the continent.
These are just a very small selection of my images from the day. A full selection can be found on my Facebook group by clicking here.