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Santa Specials start Sat. 2 Dec.
Santa arrives at Murton Park Station in
                      
Trevor Humbey unveils the nameplate, then recommisioned Ruston & Hornsby DS88, Ovtavius Atkinson, goes back into action.
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Looking forward to our 2018 Spring-Summer Season. Even while we are planning the Santa Specials, always forward thinking, the DVLR Society is also planning the DVLR Experience for our next Spring-Summer Running Season which starts at Easter 2018. N.B. See Notice Board for information about Quarter Centenary Specials at Easter weekend. The Spring-Summer Season runs until the end of September 2018. Trains will run on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Notice Board Events near the close of Summer Season 2017:   Restored Rowntrees No. 3 relaunched in its original Rowntree & Co. Ltd. livery. Murton Park Station, Sunday 24 Sept. 1 pm. The owners of Rowntree’s No.3, Glynnis and Tony Frith, had repainted the loco and had had the writing renewed. Rowntree’s No.3 locomotive was relaunched here, with a sense of history and pride. It was a nostalgic event for ex-Rowntree’s workers to see the locomotive returned to its original Rowntree & Co. Ltd livery. The departure of Andrew Barclay No. 8 from  DVLR. A sad goodbye with best wishes for the future. Another Ruston  & Hornsby DS88 running at DVLR. On the second day of the Quarter Centenary Events, a restored Ruston & Hornsby DS88, sporting its freshly painted livery, was able to take to the tracks and be (re)named.ceremony at 1 pm. Sunday 27th.Aug. on the First day of 25th Aniversary Events.  A recently restored plate-layers’ pump-action trolley  was unveiled here, to be viewed by the public for the very first time since its restoration. See on Reports 2017 webpage. Added 19 Sept. 2017, a  new video by Allan Briggs. The story of the DVLR pump trolley restoration by Allan Briggs, who restored it. Bomb Happy, the play by our friends, York Normandy Veterans. Some dates and venues for this touring play are now available. George Meredith. Sept. 2017. DVLR Society is sad to hear that George Meredith, one of York’s Normandy  Veterans, has died. LRC Driver for Fiver. Pictures and link to further pictures re Land Rover Club “Driver for a Fiver” day on 29 July. 
Derwent Valley Light Railway ℅ Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
Derwent Valley Light Railway.     The Blackberry Line.
Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR) Did you know that "The Blackberry Line" has long been the affectionate colloquial name for this cherished rural railway? Find out why in this website. Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR) is a  standard gauge railway which originally ran between Layerthorpe, York and Cliffe Common, Selby, with several lovely village stations, including Murton, along the way…... …..Continued on the “A Look Around” page, accessible from the red “Murton Park Station” button near the bottom of this page.
Observation coach, “Sylvia,”  returning to Murton Park Station.
York’s Heritage Railway
DVLR Pump trolley being demonstrated by Allan Briggs and Dave Wilde at DVLR’s Quarter Centenary.
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Gifts from Santa and great photo opportunities aboard the Santa Specials trains. Every child on the trains will be looking forwards to meeting Santa during the Santa Special train journey and each will receive from him an age appropriate gift. Meeting Santa provides great photo-opportunities to start families’ 2017 Christmas albums. Santa’s Grotto. For another photo-opportunity, catch Santa in his Grotto, on Murton Park Station.   The Elves & Chief Elf Bauble take you on a tour. But politics? Last year, the Elves returned to school, Yuleskool. Their mischievous antics and attitudes turned out to be a little “unscholarly,” but hilariously entertaining. Can Chief Elf Bauble maintain discipline this year? We’ll see! Chief Elf Bauble will guide you on tours of Santa’s Village, where the elves will be busy in ther latest venture. which according to rumour is that the Elves have decided to go into politics! If so, no doubt they will be making their heartfelt political promises to you, but will any get your vote? Whatever those Elves will be getting up to, it’s bound to be highly entertaining. Come along and start your Christmas entertainment with a sackfull of laughs suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. Admission Times. Admission from 09:30. Last admissions at 15:00 hrs. Because of the length of time it takes to enjoy the whole Santa experience across Murton Park, we (strictly) cannot admit anyone arriving after 15:00 hrs! Admission Prices.  Adult £7, Child £9. Pay on arrival. No pre-booking is required. Treats for the grown-ups too. As we said, each child receives a gift from Santa on the train, but what about the adults? Well, adults get treats too - later in the main building, with their families reflecting on the memorable highlights of their visit, each adult will be treated to a mince pie and either a complimentary glass of sherry or a complimentary soft drink. So, in an atmosphere of relaxation, photographs reviewed, the spirit of a family Christmas feels to have taken root. Cafeteria. Murton Park cafeteria will be open throughout every day serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks. Even the snowman skates in to smell the coffee. Clothing and Footwear. Please note that some of the events take place outdoors, for example while touring beween buildings in Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village. So, please wear clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather on the day, so that you can comfortably enjoy all the events. Last year’s Events. If you’ve never been to our Santa Events, click the the red bar below to see pictures from last year, 2016. While the actual events are changed and refreshed each year, the pictures will show what sort of exciting experience Murton Park’s Santa Season has to offer. Other things about and happening at Derwent Valley Light Railway.
History in Motion
Preparations are now going on all across Murton Park for Santa and his Elves on their December visits. Preparations are being made so that Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village can again be opened up and be ready for Santa’s arrival to launch 2017’s super Santa Special Season. Santa Specials will be running on The Derwent Valley Light Railway. The Derwent Valley Light Railway will be providing Santa with train transport to ensure that the whole  operation runs smoothly. Laden with his heavy sacks of presents, Santa will be boarding all of the Santa Special trains which will be running from Murton Park Station on the following dates in December:  Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd
Derwent Valley Light Railway Society  is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registered number 1161623
Some scenes from earlier years
The DVLR Experience. History in motion. Experience history in motion at Derwent Valley Light Railway at York. This is York's Preserved Heritage Railway. Visit us to see our historic engines and rolling stock, visit our lovely station building, see photographs from the line's past, visit the old ticket office, purchase mementos, such as the popular '03' key rings and fridge magnets and the sought-after DVLR book (Rails Along The Derwent) in the DVLR shop, and of course, ride the train (as many times as you like on the day). Your ticket allows you to visit ALL the attractions at Murton Park, so you can visit the Yorkshire Museum of Farming's outdoor areas and the indoor galleries with their interactive exhibits. The reconstructed Viking Village is included too. Browse this website and that of Yorkshire Museum of Farming too, to find out all you can see and experience at these multifaceted joint attractions.
To continue Santa Specials, click red bar below for Santa 2016 pictures.
Derwent Valley Light Railway ℅ Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Lane, Murton, York,YO19 5UF
Santa Specials 2017 (Above: Santa Special seen 2016) Preparations are now going on all across Murton Park for Santa and his Elves on their December visits. Preparations are being made so that Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village can again be opened up and be ready for Santa’s arrival to launch 2017’s super Santa Special Season. Santa Specials will be running on The Derwent Valley Light Railway. The Derwent Valley Light Railway will be providing Santa with train transport to ensure that the whole  operation runs smoothly. Laden with his heavy sacks of presents, Santa will be boarding all of the Santa Special trains which will be running from Murton Park Station on the following dates in December:  Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd Gifts from Santa and great photo opportunities aboard the Santa Specials trains. Every child on the trains will be looking forwards to meeting Santa during the Santa Special train journey and each will receive from him an age appropriate gift. Meeting Santa provides great photo-opportunities to start families’ 2017 Christmas albums. Santa’s Grotto. For another photo- opportunity, catch Santa in  his Grotto, on Murton Park Station. The Elves & Chief Elf Bauble take you on a tour. But politics? Last year, the Elves returned to school, Yuleskool. Their mischievous antics and attitudes turned out to be a little “unscholarly,” but hilariously entertaining. Can Chief Elf Bauble maintain discipline this year? We’ll see! Chief Elf Bauble will guide you on tours of Santa’s Village, where the elves will be busy in ther latest venture. which according to rumour is that the Elves have decided to go into politics! If so, no doubt they will be making their heartfelt political promises to you, but will any get your vote? Whatever those Elves will be getting up to, it’s bound to be highly entertaining. Come along and start your Christmas entertainment with a sackfull of laughs suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. Admission Times. Admission from 09:30. Last admissions at 15:00 hrs. Because of the length of time it takes to enjoy the whole Santa experience across Murton Park, we (strictly) cannot admit anyone arriving after 15:00 hrs! Admission Prices.  Adult £7, Child £9. Pay on arrival. No pre-booking is required. Treats for the grown-ups too. As we said, each child receives a gift from Santa on the train, but what about the adults? Well, adults get treats too - later in the main building, with their families reflecting on the memorable highlights of their visit, each adult will be treated to a mince pie and either a complimentary glass of sherry or a complimentary soft drink. So, in an atmosphere of relaxation, photographs reviewed, the spirit of a family Christmas feels to have taken root. Cafeteria. Murton Park cafeteria will be open throughout every day serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks. Clothing and Footwear. Please note that some of the events take place outdoors, for example while touring beween buildings in Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village. So, please wear clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather on the day, so that you can comfortably enjoy all the events. Last year’s Santa Events. If you’ve never been to our Santa Events, click the the red bar below to see pictures from last year, 2016. While the actual events are changed and refreshed each year, the pictures will show what sort of exciting experience Murton Park’s Santa Season has to offer. To continue Santa Specials, click red bar below for Santa 2016 pictures. Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR) "The Blackberry Line" has long been the affectionate colloquial name for this cherished rural railway, Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR). It's a  standard gauge railway which ran between Layerthorpe, York and Cliffe Common, Selby, with several lovely village stations, including Murton, along the way. ………..Continued on the “A look around“ page, accessible from the red “Murton Park Station” button near the bottom of this page. Looking forward to our 2018 Spring- Summer Season. Even while we are planning the Santa Specials, always forward thinking, the DVLR Society is also planning the DVLR Experience for our next Spring-Summer Running Season which starts at Easter 2018. N.B. See Notice Board for information about Quarter Centenary Specials at Easter weekend. The Spring- Summer Season runs until the end of September 2018. Trains will run on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Notice Board Events near the close of Summer Season 2017:   Restored Rowntrees No. 3 relaunched in its original Rowntree & Co. Ltd. livery. Murton Park Station, Sunday 24 Sept. 1 pm. The owners of Rowntree’s No.3, Glynnis and Tony Frith, had repainted the loco and had had the writing renewed. Rowntree’s No.3 locomotive was relaunched here, with a sense of history and pride. It was a nostalgic event for ex- Rowntree’s workers to see the locomotive returned to its original Rowntree & Co. Ltd livery. The departure of Andrew Barclay No. 8 from DVLR. A sad goodbye with best wishes for the future. Another Ruston  & Hornsby DS88 running at DVLR. On the second day of the Quarter Centenary Events, a restored Ruston & Hornsby DS88, sporting its freshly painted livery, was able to take to the tracks and be (re)named.ceremony at 1 pm. Sunday 27th.Aug. on the First day of 25th Aniversary Events.  A recently restored plate-layers’ pump- action trolley  was unveiled here, to be viewed by the public for the very first time since its restoration. See on Reports 2017 webpage. Added 19 Sept. 2017, a  new video by Allan Briggs. The story of the DVLR pump trolley restoration by Allan Briggs, who restored it. Video 42 ½ mins. 346MB. Bomb Happy, the play by our friends, York Normandy Veterans. Some dates and venues for this touring play are now available. George Meredith. Sept. 2017. DVLR Society is sad to hear that George Meredith, one of York’s Normandy  Veterans, has died. LRC Driver for Fiver. Pictures and link to further pictures re Land Rover Club “Driver for a Fiver” day on 29 July. Now continue by having a broader look around:
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