On Saturday 11th May, the Esk Valley Railway Development Company is launching a pioneering new web-based crowdsourcing initiative to encourage more people to enjoy the convenience of travelling by train along the Esk Valley Railway.
At EskValleyOutings.co.uk, people are invited to share their experiences, knowledge and memories of great times which involved the Esk Valley Railway, aiming to inspire others to take the train too. Everyone who contributes an entry to the website will be entered into a prize draw.
Each contribution can be simply added – with optional photographs – at EskValleyOutings.co.uk, on a dedicated page, which includes a description of the outing, useful resources and top tips. Users can also add comments to other people’s contributions.
Anyone looking for inspiration about outings on the Esk Valley Railway can search the entries by station name, themes (such as food and drink, family outings, wildlife, etc), a map, or keywords chosen by the contributors.
The website, created by Envoy, has been built using responsive technology so that it is accessible to everybody wherever they are or whatever device they are using, be it an android mobile or iphone whilst on the move, or a tablet at home or a desktop computer at work.
The creation of this resource has been supported by the Department for Transport, Network Rail and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).
Robin Reeves, a volunteer with EVRDC said: “The Esk Valley Railway is one of the most scenic lines in the country. By contributing to EskValleyOutings.co.uk, those of us who know and love the line can easily share with other people our knowledge about special trips and days out”.
Madeleine Parkyn of Envoy said: “It has been very interesting to create this innovative resource that uses social media and crowdsourcing to tap into the in-depth knowledge of current rail passengers and so to promote the region and increase people’s enjoyment of travelling along the Esk Valley line”
Angela Thirkill, EVRDC’s Development Manager said: “This ever-growing resource will be of great benefit to tourists visiting the Esk Valley and the North York Moors National Park and to anyone who wants to enjoy the countryside and attractions close to home. It will also provide a welcome boost for the local businesses featured in the entries on the website