North Yorkshire Moors Railway launches appeal to hear from past railway workers

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway launch search for railway workers
Credit NYMR

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has launched a search for people who worked on the railway before 1965 to get an insight into their memories for future generations.

These memories will be used at the launch of the Oral History Project, part of the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project. This £10 million project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and supporters of the NYMR.

The Oral Histories Project will explore the roles of the railway workers, including signalmen, station staff and ticketing clerks.

Interviews will be used to bring to life a new interactive exhibition, ‘In Fog and Falling Snow’, which is planned for Goathland Station for 2021.

Hannah Readman, Railway porter, Goathland, WW1, courtesy of Pat Sellars
Credit: NYMR

As part of the project, the railway is also looking for people to transcribe the recordings, with a goal set to have all the interviews completed by May 2020.

If you would like to arrange an interview or, to nominate someone to take part in the Oral History Project, please contact [email protected] or call 01751 473799 *248.

What did the officials say?

Jennifer Halmshaw, Trust Board Member, Chair of Education & Education Champion for the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey’s Project at North Yorkshire Moors Railway said:

“We are looking for participants who worked on this remote rural railway – or whose family did – to take part in recorded interviews so we can share their memories and showcase life on the railway more than 50 years ago!

“We’ll be holding interviews at Pickering Station, or, for those unable to get to us, we’re more than happy to arrange home visits.”

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