The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has announced that they have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Railway in Wartime Weekend.
The event was due to be held in October, but the railway says that the uncertainty of coronavirus guidelines in October is the reason behind the cancellation.
Railway in Wartime is usually a highlight of the calendar for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, but with a delayed start to the season, planning this event would have normally started a lot earlier than April.
Chris Price, General Manager of NYMR, said: “After consultation with, and the subsequent support from Pickering Town Council, we are deeply saddened to announce the cancellation of this year’s Railway in Wartime event.”
“This has been an extremely difficult decision to make and one not taken lightly as it will no doubt come as a huge disappointment to local businesses, but with ongoing concerns of complying with unknown COVID-19 guidelines in October, and the challenges it could present with social distancing, the railway and council have agreed that the safety of our volunteers and visitors to the town must remain our number one priority.”
“This three-day event is always a highlight in our calendar each year; however, due to the nationwide lockdowns and delays to our 2021 season-opening, planning an event of this magnitude – which involves months of preparation, and would normally be well advanced by this time of year, not to mention the commitment of significant cost, resources and many volunteers – just hasn’t been possible.”
The latest railway news
Signup to our daily and weekly newsletters
Railway Prints, DVD’s / Blu-Ray’s, books and more
Come and share your railway pictures
UK STEAM INFO
Upcoming mainline steam tours/loco movements
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Visit their website