All aboard Bridlington's new trains

Launching the land trains are Kirsty Dingle, facility manager, foreshores; Martin Burnhill, senior facilities manager and Cllr Richard Burton
Launching the land trains are Kirsty Dingle, facility manager, foreshores; Martin Burnhill, senior facilities manager and Cllr Richard Burton

For thousands of visitors every year, a trip to Bridlington wouldn't be complete without a ride on the land train along the seafront.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's foreshores team has just invested around £150,000 in two land trains. One is new to the town after operating in Torquay, and the other has benefited from a brand new engine.

The new additions to the fleet have been tested and licensed and are now ready to take their first passengers.

Kirsty Dingle, facility manager, foreshores, said : “We have significantly invested in refreshing the ageing land train fleet this year , to ensure that they remain reliable and up to date, and able to carry the thousands of passengers for whom a trip on the land train is an essential part of any trip to the seaside.

"I have no doubt that our visitors will find the new vehicles offer a more comfortable ride than those they replaced.”

There are now four land trains operating in Bridlington, linking the leisure centre with Sewerby Hall, and connecting the Spa with the park and ride site.

The new arrivals come after the council asked for help via social media to trace the origins of the land train service in Bridlington, and have been informed that the service started running as the Burlington Belle in 1962 and Burlington Bertie in 1963.

The original trains used Massey Ferguson tractors to pull the carriages. The service has been running ever since, and has remained hugely popular for 56 years.