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 North Yorkshire Moors Railway Wartime Weekend
12~14th October
Text and photos © Mike Humphreys 2012

A major change had been made to the weekend events for 2012. The brilliant Saturday parade, it would seem, has become too popular. Its length and time taken to do the town circuit has created a problem on the main road where through traffic has to stop and wait. There are now two parades and I presume the split is to resolve this and create more interest on Sunday.

In bright October sunshine the marching bands, re enactors, and historic cars still paraded on Saturday to huge crowds, but were held up for a good 10 minutes near the bridge over the beck.
The vehicle parade start was moved from the school to the showground, where muddy conditions still prevailed, and took place on the Sunday morning.

It has become dominated by American vehicles and whilst these are great, it would be good to see more British vehicles put in an appearance. This year there was just a handful.

Neither parade was enhanced by the idiot runner doing endless circuits on both days attention seeking and spoiling the scene for others.

The showground was also used as a base for some vehicles and the exhibition hall had some traders selling mainly civilian clothes. The main road past the station was closed during both days from 10.00am and this helped the flow of pedestrians up to the stalls near the fishing lake, just over the railway crossing to the station car park.

It was incredibly busy here. The artillery was on display in the station car park along with a handful of other vehicles. Space given over to civilian cars here would have been useful to park up a long line of MVs and create a really good display.

Members from the area were out in force enjoying the weekend. If you have not been itís hard to describe for you adequately the superb atmosphere that this event generates. The crowds are simply enormous and having parked on the showground this year I now know where they all stay overnight. There the fields are simply full of camper vans and caravans.
Traffic management at the showground needs to be improved next year as it appeared to create more problems than it solved, but overall another very enjoyable weekend with plenty to see and do.

If you want a copy of any photograph please e mail me: michael.humphreys@btinternet.com and Iíll gladly send you it to you.