The Yorkshire Wolds Coast railway line, unusual trains at Hunmanby Station

Though a rural railway line, the line through the village sees the occasional special train. There are no freight flows, for a couple of years no excursion trains. Here are some photos from recent years



Above, Network Rail test train visits the down platform at dawn 8th January 2020

APRIL 2018

Above: On Saturday 14th April 2018, West Coast Railway ran a special 'Spirit of the Lakes' Pullman Car train to Carlisle. The service stopped at Hunmanby. It offered the choice of full dinning on board, as well as first class and standard class accommodation. The train travelled along the famous Settle & Carlisle line and returned via the Tyne Valley route and back to Hunmanby via Durham and York.

Above: West Coast Railways return  'Spirit of the Lakes' Pullman Car Train returning towards Scarborough, passengers from the village having got off after an enjoyable day out in Carlisle. The train was hauled by two,Brush Type 4 Locomotives. Built at Crewe and Brush's Falcon Works at Loughborough. The Class 47 Diesel locomotives were the most numerous main line diesel locomotives in the British Railways Fleet.  The train was hauled by locomotives47245 and 47772. 

The times for this train are recorded my a dedicated team at the website Six Bells Junction


Above: D1015, Western Champion approaching Hunmanby Railway Station on 17th December 2016. The train is organised by 'Pathfinder Railtours' called 'The Yuletide East Yorkshireman'  and started from Swindon at 05:42. These diesel hydraulic were built by British Railways Western Region between 1961 - 1964. Each had a name. Their non standard design leading to higher costs, led to the icon locomotives being withdrawn from service from the early 1970's.

Above: Arrival of the Western Locomotive into the Scarborough (Down Platform) The Timings for this train are available at the useful website Six Bells Junction

JUNE 2014

Above 28th June 2014, Oliver Cromwell No 70013 arriving into Hunmanby from London Kings Cross on the way to Scarborough. The train was organised by The Railway Touring Company 'The East Ridings'

The details of this train journey are available at the useful website six bells junction



Dozens of spectators came down to see Stanier 8F 'Gauge O Guild'  No 48151 at Hunmanby railway station on 28th September 2011. The first steam train through the village for 5 years. The train was returning to Skegness from Scarborough. The 'Scarborough Spa Steam Special'

further details from the UK Steam Info Website which provides helpful information about steam movements in the country 

JULY 1992

Thanks to Mike Turner for the above photo:

Class 20 locomotives, 20214 and 20121 shunt out the coaching stock off a railtour into Scarborough Carriage Sidings. The Pathfinder Raitour 'The Two Roses Voyager' on 19th July 1992, had just done the Hull to Scarborough Line through Hunmanby, which was and still is unusual for locomotive hauled passenger trains

A useful website is Six Bells Junction amongst the wealth of information compiled is a section  called 'The rail Tour Files' listing some special trains back more than a Century!

This is the link to The Two Roses Voyager 

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