The Bodmin & Wenford Railway (BWR) is joining organisations from as far afield as Cornwall, Suffolk, North Wales, North East Scotland and Northern Ireland* in a new nationwide campaign to raise awareness of heritage railways.
Spearheaded by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), ‘Love Your Railway’ is a six-week summer campaign from July 26th to September 5th, 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 BWR is collaborating with NYMR and over 35 other famous heritage railways, including The Bluebell Railway, Crich Tramway Village, Severn Valley Railway and Snowdon Mountain Railway.
Mat Simpson, Marketing & PR Assistant at the BWR, said: “2020 was a difficult year not just for us but all heritage railway’s and we’re delighted to be able to jump aboard the #LoveYourRailway campaign to really raise awareness of our heritage railway’s, the challenges we face but also how much of an integral part we play at conserving our country’s heritage”
Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: “We’re optimistic and excited about the summer ahead, but the last 12 months have been like no other year, with lockdowns, reduced capacities due to social distancing, and staff and volunteers falling victim to the virus.
“There are more than 150 operational heritage railways, running trains over nearly 600 miles of track, which protect, conserve and bring to life part of the nation’s rich cultural heritage – giving enjoyment and learning to thousands of people every year.
“We want to do all we can to raise awareness of every heritage railway across the country and the challenges we face; all the participating railways will be posting their own social content across the six themed weeks, but we also want to encourage the public to get involved by sharing their favourite memories and inspiring imagery from their visits, using the hashtag #LoveYourRailway.”
The six themed weeks are: Heritage, Education, Volunteers, Family, Sustainability and Future.
Image credit: Jason Ellway
The BWR’s Austerity 0-6-0ST powers up the bank under 3-Arch bridge on a crew-training run in preparation for the BWR’s reopening earlier this year.
For further information please contact Jenna Kirkpatrick | Marketing & Commercial Co-ordinator
*The full list of railways participating in #LoveYourRailway include:
Apedale Valley Light Railway
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Bure Valley Railway
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway
Colne Valley Railway
Crich Tramway Village
East Somerset Railway
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
Great Central Railway
Head of Steam, Darlington
Isle of Man Steam Railway
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Keith & Dufftown Railway
Lathalmond Railway Museum – Shed47
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
Mid Suffolk Light Railway
Northampton & Lamport Railway
North Dorset Railway
Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
Severn Valley Railway
Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
Snowdon Mountain Railway
South Devon Railway
South Tynedale Railway
Spa Valley Railway
Stephenson Railway Museum
Vale of Rheidol Railway
West Somerset Railway
Whitehead Railway Museum
Whitwell & Reepham Railway