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The Derwent Valley Light Railway

York, United Kingdom
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Caz281988 wrote a review Aug 2021
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom136 contributions73 helpful votes
We visited Murton Farm today and our toddler was so happy to see the trains back up and running, even better they now have the passenger carriage for you to ride! I cannot speak highly enough of all the volunteers working on the trains today. They were all happy, enthusiastic and so happy to take the time to tell you about the trains and let my little boy have a look around. You can tell that they are passionate about their work and want you to have a good time. Out little one loved watching them move the trains and was so excited to have a ride in the carriage. Thank you so much for making a little boys day letting him ring the bell
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Tara P wrote a review Aug 2020
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Fantastic day, even though you are not able to run passenger trains my Nephew loved watching your shunting demostrations. Afterwards the driver let him look in the cab, Thankyou
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Millie024 wrote a review Aug 2019
Llantwit Major, United Kingdom406 contributions183 helpful votes
The Derwent Valley railway is on the same site as the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, which we did not visit. It has a very short length of track, and the train runs there and back from the little station. Once we were sitting in the train, a very well informed volunteer came and gave us a personal account of the interesting history of the line, including its role in the preparations for D Day. He then suggested that for an extra £2 each, we might like to ride in the cab, an opportunity we jumped at. This was a fantastic experience, a first for me, and very exciting, in a mild sort of way. At the far end , the engine ran round a loop, and brought the train back. The railway had borrowed a coach from the North Yorkshire Moors railway, nice to hear of cooperation between lines! What a pleasant little visit. The station itself was atmospheric, and our attention was drawn to a letter from Earl Haig to workers, during the First World War, asking them to forego a holiday in order to keep the army's supply of ammunition flowing.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Tony G wrote a review Jun 2019
91 contributions26 helpful votes
The light railway is ok, tickets included in admission and set up gives you a glimpse into the past but everything else is dated, tatty, broken or sticky. It needs a lot of investment. But if like me you have a train obsessed toddler they will enjoy the train ride
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Date of experience: June 2019
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589Richard wrote a review May 2019
Egremont, United Kingdom529 contributions67 helpful votes
Late on the railway scene this line was never nationalised. It's history is interesting from it's beginnings when it served the local farmers through to the 2nd world war when it took a hidden part. All the staff are very helpful and I can recommend the driver for a fiver experience.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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