A HERITAGE-steam railway is to be the star of the show in a second series of a Channel 5 television production.

The day-to-day operations of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which has been captured over six episodes of ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard,’ will air on the channel at 8pm on Friday.

Filmed as a documentary series, a production crew spent months with staff and passengers at different points along the railway.

From there, they documented the challenges that railway staff and volunteers faced when trying to operate locomotives during a heatwave.

Chris Price general manager at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway said: “This series viewers will see many of the challenges that faced the railway last season, including operating a heritage steam railway in a prolonged heatwave which presented challenges in securing enough diesel engines to ensure the railway delivers on its published timetable.”

The second series was commissioned following a successful run when series one first aired on the channel in March 2018.

Mr Price said: “Season two highlights also include, Boilersmith, Mark O’Brien’s special day as he marries Emma at Pickering Station. Burt Blower training recruit Adrian as a Travelling Ticket Inspector, whilst engine shed manager Piglet visits the Wensleydale Railway as a locomotive goes for its summer vacation.”

The show also documents the hype of running the railway during its most-busiest times of the year, with three railway-led events.

Mr Price added: “The show also highlights three of our most popular events – the Annual Steam Gala, Railway in Wartime and the Halloween Service Train, which showcase the railway at its best, attracting thousands of passengers to the line.”

The railway opened its doors behind-the-scenes over the May Bank Holiday in an effort to showcase the work that volunteers put in when restoring and maintaining historic steam locomotives.

Open events at Pickering Station, in particular, gave visitors the chance to see what actually happens in the ‘carriage and wagon’ workshop.

Passengers were also given the opportunity to ride a British Rail Class 08 Shunter in return for a donation.