VILLAGERS came out in force as the first steam train in over five years passed through Hunmanby.
Dozens of spectators watched on Wednesday as the Stanier class 8F locomotive named ‘Gauge O Guild’ passed through the village, after departing Scarborough on its way to Skegness.
Old fashioned locomotives are still a regularly frequent site in Scarborough and other areas.
However, the trains have been notably absent from Hunmanby since 2006, when the railway line was down graded due to the condition of its railway tracks, prohibiting locomotives from using the track,
Cllr Nick Harvey has been campaigning to have the decision reversed since then, and he believes the reversal could help bolster the economy of both Filey and Hunmanby.
He said: “The Yorkshire Wolds Coast Line is not some ‘holiday railway line’ but a key part of the local economy. The investment paves the way for journey times to be cut by removing speed restrictions, it gives confidence to local businesses setting up in the area that the railway line has a long term future and can help getting people to work, it offers the potential to move freight traffic by rail, and see more ‘people mover’ excursion trains bringing people to our seaside resorts
I would like to express my thanks for how they took the matter up with both the Department for Transport and the Chairman of Network Rail, they were great at getting the matter aired.”