The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is spearheading a new national campaign to shine a light on the important work that heritage railways in the UK do.
The NYMR is collaborating with over 35 other heritage railway organisations for the ‘Love Your Railway’ summer campaign from July 26 to September 5, 2021.
The aim is to highlight heritage railways’ work with regards to conservation, education and research, as well as showing how they have been affection by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Heritage railway ‘optimism’
Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: “We’re optimistic and excited about the summer ahead, but the last 12 months have been like no other year, with lockdowns, reduced capacities due to social distancing, and staff and volunteers falling victim to the virus.
“There are more than 150 operational heritage railways, running trains over nearly 600 miles of track, which protect, conserve and bring to life part of the nation’s rich cultural heritage – giving enjoyment and learning to thousands of people every year.
“We want to do all we can to raise awareness of every heritage railway across the country and the challenges we face; all the participating railways will be posting their own social content across the six themed weeks, but we also want to encourage the public to get involved by sharing their favourite memories and inspiring imagery from their visits, using the hashtag #LoveYourRailway.”
Who is taking part in Love Your Railway?
Over 35 heritage railway organisations from around the UK are taking part in the Love Your Railway campaign, including Bluebell Railway, East Somerset Railway and Great Central Railway.
Here is the full list of participating railways.