David Sills ' The North Yorkshire Moors Railway'
David has been a volunteer fireman on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for many years & his talk was full of information, interesting photographs & amusing anecdotes. After more than 30 years teaching mathematics Ml time he now spends 2 days a week at the NYMR. His passion & enthusiasm for the NYMR was highly infectious.
Early photographs of around 1835 show horse-
The NYMR has made giant strides since 1973. It is now a charitable trust with 10,000 members and owns several original steam locomotives in addition to the permanent way & stations. NMYR Enterprise Pic is the company which operates some 20 trains a day, has an annual turnover of about £5 million & runs on more than 200 days a year. Surveys show that the NYMR now brings some £30 million into the local economy per year. The major advance in the last six years has been operating 3 trains to Whitby every day. This has greatly improved passenger numbers & company profitability. This winter a second platform will be constructed at Whitby with a head-
In the 40 years since the NYMR was saved from oblivion the work of dedicated volunteers, such as David Sills, has transformed the railway into a major tourist attraction with a bright future.