The Blackberry Line, Murton, York.
Derwent Valley Light Railway and Murton Park combine for December Special Events, within easy reach of all parts of York.
*SEE SANTA, *GIFT FROM SANTA FOR EACH CHILD,
*ELVES, *ELF GUIDED TOURS AROUND SANTA'S VILLAGE,
The Blackberry Line welcomes Children to see Santa and wishes a Merry Christmas to all its Supporters and Customers, new and old.
The countdown is finished. The wait is over. Festivities are on. DVLR offers you a warm welcome to ride its Santa Special Trains from Murton Park Station and to join in all the other festivities at Murton Park to celebrate Santa's visit. See the dates on the chimney.
Santa Claus has arrived once again at Murton Park to join in the Seasonal Festivities. Again this year, there are lots of new exciting activities planned for the time he is here so come and join him. If you click on Santa or the D.V.L.R. Santa Special engine and train in the picture you'll see Santa's page with more details inc. admission prices.
Santa is just too busy on Christmas Eve.
It's well known that Santa is almost rushed off his sleigh on Christmas Eve. It's amazing how he delivers presents to all the children in a very short time. He is in and out of their houses so fast that children rarely ever see him.
So, see him earlier!
There is a way to see him. Santa will be at Murton Park Station on lots of days before Christmas so that children can see him and spend some time talking with him on the Santa Special trains.
"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.
Derwent Valley Light Railway was formerly a profitable, privately owned line which was never incorporated into British Rail. As the use of the line diminished over time through the increased use of road vehicles, it became, like many lines, uneconomic to run. Its extent gradually diminished until sadly it eventually had to close as a commercial enterprise. But fortunately, thanks to the dedicated work of the Derwent Valley Light Railway Society, you can still get a "taste of the Blackberry Line" and experience its unique character because part of the original line is now a heritage attraction at York, running from the charming, Murton Park Station, York. The station, pictured below, still sports the distinctive Hollybush Green and Cream in its livery, the same livery as was used by the Derwent Valley Light Railway for its stations, from its early years. We'd like to welcome you here so that you can see it for yourself and of course, so that you can enjoy riding on the train.
With the track lifted and the once lovely little station buildings having fallen into neglect, enthusiastic volunteers of the the Derwent Valley Light Railway Society worked hard to successfully "turn back the clock" and bring back the flavour of the line. Thanks to them, trains now run for about half a mile from Murton Park Station. Friendly volunteer staff are eager to show off the Derwent Valley Light Railway and bring pleasure to fresh and repeat visitors alike. Inside the Station building, there is the DVLR musem and also a gallery of fascinating pictures and stories about the history of the line. If, as is quite likely, these whet your appetite to know even more, the DVLR shop, also inside the station building, stocks the popular book, Rails Along The Derwent. In the shop you can browse through the wide range of mementos available to remind you of your visit.
Murton Park Station. Picture by Jonathan D. Stockwell.
Two York attractions together on the one ticket.
Derwent Valley Light Railway and Murton Park Station are within Murton Park York. Derwent Valley Light Railway works with the Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton Park so that your ticket provides superb value. Each ticket is valid for both train (ride as many times as you like on the day) and Yorkshire Museum of Farming including the Viking Village. The kids always not only love riding the train but they'll also enjoy Yorkshire Museum of Farming's Viking Village too.
The mix of novel and traditional coaches.
The novel observation coach with its wide view windows is unique to the DVLR.
A traditional Mk1 BR. coach (3805). Pictured by Trevor Humbey.
Looking forward to your days out in 2017? Resolve to enjoy a ride on York's "Blackberry Line."
Regular services recommence in Spring 2017. Derwent Valley Light Railway is fun for all the family.
DVLR Spring-Summer Schedule, 2017.
Derwent Valley Light Railway has its Spring-Summer Running Season starting at Easter and continuing through to the end of September. Trains run on Sundays and Bank Holidays during the Spring-Summer Schedule.
The Running Dates dates and times for 2017 are here.
Check back regularly for news of any special running days which may be added.
On the scheduled running days from April to September (See our "RUNNING" calendar), trains will leave Murton Park Station at the following times:
11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 13.15, 13.45,
14.15, 14.45, 15.15, 15.45, 16.15
Note: While every attempt is made to adhere to the timetable, any departure may be subject to change at short notice.
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About parking and admission.
Parking is free. Tickets include both the rail ride and Yorkshire Museum of Farming in the one ticket. They are purchased at the entrance to Yorkshire Museum of Farming.
Always very popular, our Santa Specials are running again this month. Don't let your kids miss the Santa Specials and all the fun of the Festive Season, here at Murton Park.
2016 Santa Specials are in
Sat. 3rd, Sun. 4th, Sat. 10th, Sun. 11th., Sat. 17th., Sun. 18th.
Thurs.22nd. and Fri. 23rd.
Santa Special is a train not to be missed.
All telephone enquiries via Murton Park on 01904 489966.
Derwent Valley Light Railway,
c/o Yorkshire Museum of Farming,
Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF.
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