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Derwent Valley Light Railway at York, renowned for its annual Santa Specials Seasons continues its … Splendid Super Santa Specials Season for 2017. Next Santa Specials: Sat.16th & Sun. 17th.  Admission times from 9.30 am until 3.00 pm. More dates shown below. No pre-booking required.
Looking forward to our 2018 Spring-Summer Season. Even while the DVLR’s committee was planning the Santa Specials, always forward thinking, they were also planning for the DVLR Experience for the next Spring-Summer Running Season. It starts at Easter 2018. The 2018 Spring-Summer Season will run until the end of September 2018. Trains will run on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Notice Board Quarter Centenary Specials will run at Easter weekend 2018, on Sun. 1 Apr. & Mon. 2 Apr. 2018. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of first public passenger train on heritage DVLR. Saturday 28 July 2018. Visit of York Land Rover Series One Club. Looking forward to another visit by York LRSOC. Their visit was a great success in 2017. Members kindly left their LR Series 1s on display at YMOF for other visitors to view. Events which took place before the close of Summer Season 2017:   Restored Rowntrees No. 3 relaunched in its original Rowntree & Co. Ltd. livery. Murton Park Station, Sunday 24th 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. On Monday 28th August, 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 in a  ceremony at 1 pm. Sunday 27th.Aug. Pump-action trolley unveiled. On the First day of 25th Anniversary Events, a 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: Click “Trolley” button and also visit link below, to the interesting restoration video. Video story of the DVLR pump trolley restoration. video added 19th Sept. 2017, by Allan Briggs. York Land Rover Series One Club Driver for a Fiver Day. Pictures and link to further pictures re Land Rover Club “Driver for a Fiver” day on 29 July 2017. 
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.
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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 receives 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. When you reach the red bar lower down the page, if you click it you can see photographs from last year’s event. This year, on the tours of Santa’s Village, you will see the the Elves in their latest ventures. They have decided to go into politics! Come along and hear them make their heartfelt political promises to you, but will any get your vote? Their antics are once again hilarious and highly entertaining. Come along and start your Christmas entertainment with a sack-full of laughs suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. Admission Times. Dates are above. Admission times are from 09:30 hrs. 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 above, 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 day’s fun, each adult is treated to a mince pie and either a complimentary glass of sherry or a complimentary soft drink. So, in an atmosphere of relaxation, reliving the events’ highlights as the day’s photographs are 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 pops in to smell the coffee. Clothing and Footwear. Please note that some of the events take place outdoors, for example while touring between 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. Click the the red bar below to see more pictures from last year’s  2016 Santa Special Season. The actual events are changed and refreshed each year, but particularly If you’ve never been to any of our annual Santa Events, the pictures will show you what sorts of exciting experiences Murton Park’s Santa Season has to offer. To continue Santa Specials, click red bar below for Santa 2016 pictures. Other things about, and happening at, Derwent Valley Light Railway.
DVLR Pump trolley being demonstrated by Allan Briggs and Dave Wilde at DVLR’s Quarter Centenary.
Observation coach, “Sylvia,”  returning to Murton Park Station.
History in Motion at Murton - Visit DVLR, Historic York’s Heritage Railway
Don’t miss this year’s Family Fun across Murton Park with Santa and his Elves on another of their annual December visits. It’s 2017’s Super Santa Special Season. Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village has again been opened up and Santa has arrived to join in the Seasonal mirth and merriment here. Every year, the theme is different, but it’s always great fun and not to be missed. Santa Specials are running on The Derwent Valley Light Railway. The Derwent Valley Light Railway is providing Santa with train transport to ensure that the whole  operation runs smoothly. Laden with his heavy sacks of presents, Santa boards 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.
                      
Trevor Humbey unveils the nameplate, then recommissioned Ruston & Hornsby DS88, Ovtavius Atkinson, goes back into action.
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Derwent Valley Light Railway ℅ Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Lane, Murton, York,YO19 5UF
Santa Specials 2017 (Above: Santa Special seen 2016) Santa and his Elves on their 2017 December visits to Murton Park. The Super Santa Specials Season is here again so you can meet Santa on the train. Santa’s Winter Wonderland Village is again open for you to visit by guided tour, where you will be entertained by the Elves. Santa Specials will be running on The Derwent Valley Light Railway. The Derwent Valley Light Railway is  providing Santa with train transport to ensure that the whole  operation runs smoothly. Laden with his heavy sacks of presents, Santa  boards all of the Santa Special trains which are 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.  There are Elf guided tours of Santa’s Village, where the elves be busy in their latest venture. Those Elves have decided to go into politics! 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 sack-full 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, while reviewing the day’s photographs, 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 between 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. Notice Board Looking forward to our 2018 Spring- Summer Season. Even while the DVLR Society was planning the Santa Specials, always forward thinking, it was also planning the DVLR Experience for the next Spring-Summer Running Season which starts at Easter 2018 (on 1st. April). The Spring-Summer Season runs until the end of September 2018. Trains will run on Sundays and Bank Holidays. 1st & 2nd April 2018, Easter Sun. & Mon. 25th Anniversary Running Weekend. Celebrates the 25th anniversary of first public passenger train on heritage DVLR. Saturday 28 July 2018. Visit of York Land Rover Series One Club.  A great success in 2017, members left their LR Series 1s on display at YMOF for other visitors to view. Events which took place before 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 in a ceremony at 1 pm. Sunday 27th.Aug. on the First day of 25th Anniversary 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. 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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