Modern Times on DVLR

Derwent Valley Light Railway

Modern Times on DVLR.

A successful Season for Santa Specials in 2015.


In the picture, left to right; Lord Mayor, Father Christmas, Dave Wilde (Chairman DVLRS). Picture by Glynnis Frith.


The popular Santa Specials season for 2015 was again a great success. The season was opened by the Lord Mayor of York on 5th December. After a tour of Murton Park Station, the Lord Mayor's party took a short trip on the "Santa Special train," with Santa, Dave Wilde (DVLR Chairman), and representatives of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming (James Stephenson and Peter Draper) During the trip, the Society Archivist presented the Lord Mayor with a copy of the book about DVLR, "Rails Along The Derwent."

What Santa Special Season at DVLR is all about! Putting smiles on kids' faces. In the picture, an obviously very pleased young lady with her present from Santa.


Picture by Stuart Stockwell.

"Santa Specialers" had perfect conditions for a journey in an earlier Chrismas period trip, pictured here. The train made its way through the "just right kind of snow" while the trees and vegetation were bejewelled by hoar frost. Even though Jack Frost was biting their toes, their reception at Murton Park Station had been just the thing to warm the visitors' hearts.


Picture by Jonathan D. Stockwell.

More images of the staff and visitors during the Santa Special Season.


The total number of passengers carried during the December Santa Specials event days was 7195.


A record attendance on 20 December 2015.


On 20th December, a total of 1421 passengers were carried. which exceeded all previous daily totals.


Images by courtesy of Stuart Stockwell

A distinctly Western style photo opportunity taken 2015.

The unusual coach, "Sylvia," has a distinctly "Western" appearance with its entrance at the end of the coach. You could imagine an American Presidential hopeful of the late 1800s / early 1900s arriving in a fresh city for a rally.


Alternatively, there could be cowboys riding there like in some Western movies. The two gentlemen here look the part in a picture we call the "The Visit of the Cowboys."


If you've got a cowboy hat, why not check in here on a day when Sylvia is running and don your cowboy hat too, for a touch of the Wild West.


Picture by Glynnis Frith.


At the Centenary Celebrations in 2013.

In an enjoyable ceremony, one hundred years after Lady Deramore officially opened the DVLR at Layerthorpe Station, the opening was re-enacted at Murton Park Station. Twin blue ribbons, as used a Century earlier, were cut in the re-enactment. Seen in the foreground of the picture, having cut the ribbons, are Revd. Nigel Forbes-Adams (left) and Timothy Forbes-Adams,

grandsons of Lord Wenlock. Lord Wenlock was the chief financier of the original project.

Picture by Stuart Stockwell.

Derwent Valley Light Railway,

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Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF.

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