The Heritage Railway Association (HRA) has championed ‘Love Your Railway’, as the new nationwide campaign continues to gather steam, with over 55 heritage railway organisations from across the UK now taking part.
Spearheaded by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), ‘Love Your Railway’ aims to raise awareness of the many heritage railways across the UK, collaborating with organisations from as far afield as Cornwall, Suffolk, North Wales, North East Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Steve Oates, CEO of the Heritage Railway Association said: “We are thrilled to see the way this campaign has hit the spot. After all, we do love our heritage railways and we want more and more people to have the opportunity to do the same.
“It’s great to see so many of our members taking the time to join in the ‘Love Your Railway’ campaign. This is not only promoting the love of steam but also everything a visit to a heritage railway has to offer from education to making family memories.
“This can only help our railways to enjoy a continued boost with carriages full and finances at last improving after last year’s covid-impacted and curtailed summer.”
‘Love Your Railway’ is a six-week summer campaign from 26th July -5th September, which aims to shine a spotlight on not only the important work heritage railways do with regards to conservation, education and research, but highlight how they have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of reduced capacities and income.
The third week of the campaign, focuses on Volunteers and the vital role they play in the running of heritage railways. To mark the week, NYMR has invited all of its volunteers and those at the railway organisations who are participating in the Love Your Railway campaign to display a special Facebook frame to show their support for the campaign and the industry.
NYMR’s commitment to its volunteers is overseen by Marcus Aldrich, Head of Volunteer Development; thanks to the funding received by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this role was specifically designed with longevity in mind as part of the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project.
Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to Love Your Railway – to have over 50 heritage railways taking part in the campaign’s first year shows the incredible support and solidarity running through the sector.”
Find the full list of railways participating in #LoveYourRailway here.