York & North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire railway reopens after worker's death

Police and rail carriage at Grosmont Station
Image caption A police investigation continues at Grosmont Station to establish how the man died

A heritage railway in North Yorkshire has reopened following the death of a member of staff.

The man, who has not been named, became trapped between two trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

It happened at Grosmont Station at about 12:30 BST on Monday and an investigation by British Transport Police has begun.

The railway line is a popular tourist attraction staffed largely by volunteers.

It runs steam trains through the North York Moors National Park on an 18-mile (29km) route from Grosmont to Pickering with some services running a further 6 miles (9km) into Whitby.

Philip Benham, general manager of the railway, said there was a very sombre mood among staff and volunteers.

He said the railway would conduct its own investigation alongside those of the police and regulatory authorities.

"All I can say at the moment is that it took place during a shunting operation which is where we detach and attach carriages between trains and obviously something went wrong."

Officers said the man who died was believed to be in his 60s.

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