PLANS to reinstate part of the former Driffield to Malton railway line as a heritage and tourist attraction has taken a giant step forward with the purchase of the first item of rolling stock.
The coach, built in 1957, is to be restored and will form the basis of the Yorkshire Wolds Railway’s (YWR) planned Visitor Centre near Sledmere.
The YWR hopes to open the Visitor Centre to the public in 2013.
The coach is a British Railways Mark 1 Brake Gangway (BG) coach which was originally used as a guards van and luggage store.
Peter Dymock, YWR vice chairman, said: “This is another big step forward in what has already been an exciting year for us. We’re sure that once our new coach is on site it will attract a lot of interest from local people and tourists travelling in or through the area. Having something on site that people can see is hugely important in increasing our visibility and our ability to generate income and attract funding.”