Fimber Halt reopens for business

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Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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East Yorkshire railway nostalgia buffs have rolled back the years with the re-opening of a stretch of line after an absence of 57 years.

Yorkshire Wolds Railway scheme’s supporters turned out in force for the official opening ceremony on Monday. Fimber Halt station opened for business on the old 20-mile (32km) line linking Driffield with Malton.

I n its heyday the so-called “Malton Dodger” passenger service picked up travellers from various stations. These included Driffield, Garton, Wetwang, Sledmere & Fimber, Burdale, Wharram, North Grimston, Settrington and Malton.

The restoration project group operates a diesel engine dating back to the 1970s on recreated track stretching to around 330ft (100m).

The heritage scheme, which has raised over £80,000 during its seven-year existence, has won planning permission to open a mile-long (1.6km) track.

It hopes to revive a little, countryside branch line.

The original line launched in 1853. It was part of a wider project to transport Newcastle coals to Hull’s docks.

But the coal project was shelved and it instead ferried passengers, agricultural produce and quarry chalk before its closure in 1958. The majority of old track was sold off for scrap.

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Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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