The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences, with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train and experience 24 miles of North Yorkshire’s amazing and stunning scenery at this must-see visitor attraction.
The North York Moors Historical Railway Trust is a not-for profit, charitable organisation run as part of the local community. Day to day operation is carried out by volunteers with railway operations and business experience. Every visitor that travels on the railway helps preserve one of the earliest and most historic lines.
Explore the Railway
Pickering Station is a must-see 1930s themed station that will transport you back in time to the steam era. A highlight of Pickering Station is the magnificent roofstructure which was recently re-instated to the same design as the original, built in 1847 by GT Andrews. The station itself is a great place to pick up a souvenir or you can pop into the traditional railway tea room serving tasty meals and snacks.
The historic market town of Pickering still holds its traditional market every Monday. Around the corner from the NYMR is Beck Isle Museum where you can discover the heritage, history and culture of life in Pickering. Visit Pickering’s 13th century castle and discover how it was used throughout the centuries and don’t forget to head up to the Market Place to browse the many independent shops.
Explore Levisham Station which is surrounded by the North York Moors. Take a trip back in history and experience a 1912 styled railway station which is also home to the NYMR’s artist in residence. During weekends, bank holidays and special events the Weighbridge Tea Hut is open serving tasty snacks and drinks to visitors, walkers and cyclists.
A must-see is the celebrity station which became Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film and featured as Aidensfield in the ITV programme Heartbeat. The charming village of Goathland is just a few minutes’ walk up the bank from the station, with a great range of shops and pubs. You could explore the national park; embark on a country walk along the Rail Trail back to Grosmont or to the Mallyan Spout Waterfall. Goathland Station has its very own shop and has a tea room which is in a converted 1922 style goods shed.
Grosmont Station is home to the operating and engineering world of the NYMR. Here you will find the engine sheds where our steam and diesel locomotives are maintained and restored. Head through the George Stephenson tunnel built in 1835 and you’ll find yourself at the shed shop. The 1952 themed Grosmont Station is the junction where the heritage railway ends, and the main rail network begins, connecting both Middlesbrough and Whitby to the NYMR with the Esk Valley Line.
Steeped in history Whitby is known for its quirky narrow streets and bustling harbour overlooked by the striking ruins of Whitby Abbey. Explore the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, where you can learn about the famous explorer’s life or visit the Dracula Experience on the seafront.
Staying in Whitby?
Climb-on board a heritage train and explore further afield by taking a trip to the market town of Pickering. Trains depart daily from Whitby Railway Station. The trains run daily between Pickering and Whitby from April to the beginning of November. Fares vary throughout the season, for the best prices, book online at nymr.co.uk before visiting. Services often sell out so please book in advance to guarantee a ticket.
Organised Events Include:
A selection of heritage diesel locomotives visit from all over the country. Experience the pure power of diesel traction traversing the North York Moors National Park.
Join us for our popular 60s Fest, where you will get the chance to head back in time to the swinging sixties with events up and down the railway. Live music, classic vehicles, displays and refreshments complement our heritage rail travel. Don’t miss out on a great family fun weekend.
Annual Steam Gala:
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) hosts its Annual Steam Gala, with a combination of guest locomotives and home fleet engines in steam over the event.
Railway in Wartime:
Over the three-day event families can hop on board steam and heritage diesel trains and relive the amazing spirit and camaraderie of World War II, whilst enjoying various war-themed entertainment and vehicle displays at stations along the iconic North Yorkshire Moors Railway line. Each station will be transformed to create a variety of scenarios and performances including a wartime street, ‘The Sidings’, at Pickering. 1940s style show bands and expanded displays from the Milites Re-enactment Group at Levisham. Home Guard demonstrations at Goathland and military vehicles, demonstrations and talks from the Eden Camp Living History Museum, in Malton take place at Grosmont station.
From late November to just before Christmas week. Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! Departing from Pickering and Grosmont Stations, the Santa Express services bring Christmas to life and give children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning - providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!
The NYMR offers discounted rates for pre-booked groups of 20 or more. Benefits include reserved seating on the day and a free group organiser place! To book call 01751 477 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning with the NYMR
A school trip to NYMR offers a unique environment for learning outside the classroom that will challenge your pupils and fill them with enthusiasm! For more information and to book call 01751 473 799 or email email@example.com
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
12 Park Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7AJ
Telephone: 01751 473 799
Charity Number: 501388
North York Moors Historical Railway Trust is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under number 2490244.
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