From 1845 railways played a huge part in the development and growth
of Scarborough as a seaside holiday destination.
In the late 1970s to help arrest the decline in visitor numbers
Scarborough Council funded the restoration of a turntable and
watering facilities and persuaded British Rail to introduce a
programme of steam hauled excursion trains bearing the headboard
Scarborough Spa Express. The majority of the trains were hauled by
locomotives from the national collection and Mallard, Duchess of
Hamilton, City of Truro, Evening Star and eventually Flying Scotsman
have all been involved at some time. This had not been part of the
forecast work load when the museum was set up in 1975 and from 1980
the Friends funded two fitters and organised volunteers to support the
maintenance, preparation and operation of the trains.
This was partially funded by revenue from on train teams of
enthusiastic volunteers, selling Friends’ books and merchandise.
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