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Going back in time to the days of the original Thorne Memorial Park Miniature Railway .
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2010 It was my birthday on the 7th June and David Stybbins the following day. My wife Pat visited the Farmer's Market and purchased a chocolate fudge cake which David and myself are seen cutting on the cab of the electric locomotive "The Duke". Our campervan featured most operating days from 2000 - 2012 helping to provide facilities for teas coffees and the sales stall often a retreat when sudden showers occurred. At tea-time it was time for me to have my birthday treat by riding on a tram at Sheffield. It has been a tradition to have a ride on electric transport. In past this has included riding on the trolleybuses in Toronto, Budapest and Porto. See below how the 2010 and 2016 visit to Sheffield for the birthday visit to the Supertram system. 
A new page has been added to the From the Digital Archives in addition to the original.

A huge contrast in weather as the birthday ride on electric transport took place for my birthday some six years later In 2016 perhaps a contrast in my weight too.

Whilst at Rotherham and Sheffield for the birthday tram ride we visited some of the locations where work is taking place for the tram train extension. Left is at Parkgate and to the right we have the section near to the Magna tourist attraction 

Filey Railway Station  9th June 2016

As part of a three day break we called in to have a look at Filey Railway Station and capture on camera some aspects of the stations charm. To the left  we have the traditional and well recognised poster to the right on display a scaled locomotive and figures at the approach to Platform 2. 

A very tradition station roof of the region very similar to the roof put back on the North Yorkshire Moors railway station at Pickering. The 11.28 hrs train to Scarborough  pulls in for the waiting passengers. The view on the right was taken from the bridge in the station.

The entrance to the railway station including a view of what I presume to be the base for the former water crane tank. The approach to the right probably the only changes being the vintage of the cars and vans parked outside.   

Bempton Railway Station  10th June 2016 (and 1961)

Bempton railway station serves the village of Bempton in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is located on the Yorkshire Coast Line and is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services. It is located on the single track section between Hunmanby and Bridlington and is the nearest railway station to the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs (1.5 miles (2.4 km) away to the east).

Bempton Railway Station in 1961 and 2016. Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. View SE, towards Bridlington; Selby/York/Hull - Driffield - Bridlington - Filey - Scarborough line. (A Gresley K3 class 2-6-0 passes on a short Class C (Fish) train). Photograph courtesy of Ben Brooksbank

A chance to take a closer look at some of the track where the two types of rail met. The flat bottomed rail is used for the level crossing whilst we see part of a communications box with its sensors clearly visible.

Flamborough Railway Station  10th June 2016

The former Flamborough railway station is located in the village of Marton, and was originally named thus. It was situated on the Yorkshire Coast Line from Scarborough to Hull and was opened on 20 October 1847 by the York and North Midland Railway. However, there were several other railway stations also called Marton, so on 1 July 1884 the North Eastern Railway renamed it after the village of Flamborough several miles away. It closed on 5 January 1970. In 1976 the station was given Grade II listed building status.

The former Flamborough railway station once served the famous village and the cliffs. Like Bempton this station was not exactly near to the coast in today's age of the motor car thus Flamborough station was closed. A 1962 timetable indicates the in frequent trans that called at the Flamborough station.

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