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A trip down the Memory line

The much anticipated ‘Saltburn Special’ train to Boulby departed on Sunday to the sound of a band playing, applause and the clicking of camera shutters. The train began its journey in York, stopping in Middlesbrough to collect additional passengers for the first trip down the coastal line to Boulby. It arrived at Saltburn station where the train, complete with its special ‘Saltburn 150’ headboard was the centre of attention for a large crowd. The unseasonably warm weather meant the planned steam engine had to be replaced by an historic diesel train – a D47 from the 1960 painted in the livery of the West Coast railway. Despite this the train, composed of special carriages including a guard’s van and buffet car, was packed when it pulled out of the station for a rare trip along a section of the old Saltburn to Whitby railway. The second run to Boulby allowed passengers

from Saltburn to enjoy the journey before the train collected its original passengers for the return trip to York in the early evening. The journey was planned and arranged as part of the ongoing ‘150 years’ celebrations for Saltburn, a town that owes its existence to the railway line that was extended to the site in 1861. Many of the staff on the train are volunteers, train

enthusiasts with other day jobs but they were all praised by the returning passengers for their helpfulness, good humour and knowledge. Old and young, everyone enjoyed their

journey and the chance to experience the views from this lost piece of railway line. See also page 20.

Saltburn Saturday

Saturdays in Saltburn were busy days with up to three events running side by side on the seafront and promenade in one week in October. In the morning the fourth historic plaque commissioned by Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council was unveiled by Mr Desmond Heckle, a holder of the world land-speed record for motorbikes. Sited on the top promenade overlooking the sands the plaque commemorates the numerous race meetings and world record attempts on the beach between Saltburn and Marske from the 1920s onwards. The event was supported by Mr Dave Ransome, President of the Motor Club and Mr Eddie Crust, the secretary for speed events who were also instrumental in reviving the Saltburn Historic hill climb on Sunday. Speaking before the official unveiling Mr Heckle said, “It is a tremendous pleasure to be here today to help commemorate all the records set on these sands. The difference between these achievements and those of the present day are the records of the last century demanded a balance between engineering skill, ingenuity and bravery”. He recalled riding his bicycle down to the sands at Redcar to watch the sand racing, little realizing he would be taking part in a world record attempt himself some fifteen years later. The party had originally intended to hold a small

reception in the Foreshore building on the lower promenade but this was already in use, housing the latest exhibition from Saltburn Photographic Society. This show ran for nine days, beginning on Saturday 10th, and featured a range of contemporary photographs alongside a display of historic shots of Saltburn. Following on from the highly successful

Photo by Jennie Finch: Dave Ransome, Ernie Crust and Desmond Heckle with local councillors and MP Tom Blenkinsop with the latest plaque.

‘drop-in clinic’ of mid-August, it is estimated around 500 people have seen the exhibition in all. Running alongside this was the annual Saltburn

Surfing competition that attracted a wide range of entries in a dozen different classes. Despite the occasional heavy shower there was some good surf and a number of excellent performances at all levels. After the unveiling of the plaque the guests and dignitaries mingled happily with surfing competitors in the “Surf’s Up” café on the lower promenade. It seems Saltburn is not a ‘tired old seaside town’ but a place where sport, history and culture all vie for attention.

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