Q. What is the 2017 date for the event?

A. 13, 14 & 15 October 2017


Q. Is this the last year of the Railway in Wartime event?

A. Absolutely not, this is an incredibly popular event and will continue to run for the foreseeable future.


Q. What days/times are the parades on?

A. The foot parade is on the Saturday and starts from 10.47am.


Q. Why have you cancelled the vehicle parades?

A. It was decided to have static displays this year along with the foot parade.


Q. Do you have any camping facilities.

A. No.


Q. Can I book dance tickets through you?

A. No, we are not holding any dances.


Q. I like to dress in 40s clothing and come to the event, can I get free tickets?

A. No, we only offer free tickets to those who are helping the NYMR at the event or taking part in an agreed scenario. We do offer reduced rate tickets, email waroffice@nymr.co.uk for an application form.


Q. Why is the closing date 31st August? That seems a little early!

A. We have around 600 re-enactors on our database, we need to give ourselves time to process all the applications and send out the passes.


Q. Can I have a trade stand at the event?

A. All stands for the 2016 event have now sold out.


Q. I’d like to bring my dog, is the event dog friendly?

A. The event gets very busy and there are thousands of people in attendance, coupled with the occasional loud bangs or sirens from displays, this can be frightening for some dogs.


Q. I would like to bring my elderly/disabled relative to the event, they are in a wheelchair, what is access like to the stations and trains? 

A. There is disabled access to our stations and trains, as well as disabled facilities on our stations, please be aware that the event does get very busy and that extra time will needed to move around our stations. The Friday of the event is known to be the least busy day compared to other days.


Q. What times are the road closures in Pickering?

A. They will be Park Street 9am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday, Market Place – Smiddy Hill 9am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday also.


Q. I am a re-enactor, I don’t want to travel on the train, can I still access the platforms at Pickering?

A. Yes.


Q. Will there be parking at your stations during the event?

A. Our station car parks are home to displays during the events so there is no parking in them during the event. Parking is available (charges apply) at Pickering Trout Lake.


Q. The 2016 dates are on the third weekend in October, you have always held it on the second, why have you changed it?

A. The dates for this event have varied throughout the years it has been running, and in 1998 it was held on 24th – 25th October, and for many years before that it was held on the last weekend of October, but crept forward over a number of years, which did not give our station groups who dress our stations enough time to do so between events.

For information, we have listed below the last 16 Railway in Wartime dates, as you will see it has varied between the 2nd and 3rd weekend in October in that period.

2005 14 – 16 Oct – 3rd weekend
2006 13 – 15 Oct – 2nd weekend
2007 12 – 13 Oct – 2nd weekend
2008 10 – 12 Oct – 2nd weekend
2009 16 – 18 Oct – 3rd weekend
2010 15 – 17 Oct – 3rd weekend
2011 14 – 16 Oct – 3rd weekend
2012 12 – 14 Oct – 2nd weekend
2013 11 – 13 Oct – 2nd weekend
2014 10 – 12 Oct – 2nd weekend
2015 16 – 18 Oct – 3rd weekend