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NYMR News No. 5

All aboard the Silver Jubilee special in the company of Leon Brittan as it wends its way across the North York Moors pulled by a steam loco with the famous name of George Stephenson.

Non-Fiction 1977 10 mins

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It’s the Silver Jubilee and the VIPs have come out in force for the special train traversing the North York Moors Railway, being pulled by Black 5 steam locomotive, the George Stephenson. Along with Conservative MP Leon Brittan, there is Lady Normanby, and NYMR supporter, local historian and former Mayor of Pickering, Keith Snowden. And, not to be outdone, Station Master Jack Neal checks the newly unveiled station clock against his trusted pocket watch.

This is one of a large collection of films made by Ken Clough, who was member of the York section of the supporters of the North York Moors Railway, and trained with them to drive diesels. Locomotive NER P3 (2392) – seen here being handed over to the recently opened York Railway Museum – was saved from being scrapped by the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group who purchased it from BR in 1966 and delivered to the NYMR in 1971. Leon Brittan went on to some notoriety as Home Secretary during the great miners’ strike of 1984/85.