Accompanied by TV ‘Voiceover Man’ Peter Dickson (X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway), the hour-long Light Spectacular runs from Pickering to Levisham and admission includes a flashing wristband that synchronizes with the show on board.
Scarborough News reporter Louise Perrin took a ride on the train and shared her experience.
As soon as you arrive at the station, you can feel the excitement in the air, young families heading to the train with enthusiastic chatter before being greeted by cheerful NYMR volunteers who present all travelers with an interactive wristband.
The wristbands flash a multitude of colors and several minutes were spent deciding if red, blue, pink or multi-color was the best way to go.
Crossing the bridge from the car park to the platform, it is impossible not to stop for a moment to admire the breathtaking spectacle of the train carriages adorned with 17,000 LEDs.
The lights are both inside and outside the train and with the wristbands as well, it really is a spectacular light.
Shortly before departure, the bracelets synchronize with the train and Voice Over Man welcomes you on board. He apologizes for the bad jokes to come, but in truth he doesn’t apologize enough, they’re really goofy and you berate yourself for laughing – but you still do.
I have traveled on NYMR’s illuminated services before. They have always been great rides and the way the horse drawn carriages light up the surrounding countryside is always beautiful as it was on this service but what I didn’t expect was the fantastic party atmosphere in the carriages.
Everyone had arrived to have a good time, and with Voice Over Man, travelers were encouraged to clap, sing, and even dance to the music.
The musical medley offered something for everyone from the Monkees to Taylor Swift, and when half the wristbands turned pink and the other half blue, passengers sang the male and female parts of the Grease Megamix perfectly.
This year, North Yorkshire Moors Railway has outdone itself. I have truly never experienced an evening quite like this and everyone who traveled joined in and walked out smiling like kids at Christmas.
Luke Hudman, North Yorkshire Moors Railway Marketing Manager, said: “It’s a fantastic event that puts a smile on your face as soon as you see the train – even the adults! Seeing people dancing and singing on board lights up those dark nights.
The hugely popular audio and visual sensory experience departs from Pickering Station twice a night until October 30 with services at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Tickets for the family fun interactive journey, pulled by a heritage steam train, cost £30 per person and include an hour-long illuminated experience from Pickering to Levisham station.