Take a trip on one of the world’s greatest railway experiences

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Take a trip on one of the world’s greatest railway experiences

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 Yorkshire’s amazing 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.
  • Let off steam in the North York Moors National Park – see stunning scenery and wildlife!
  • A must-see is the celebrity station, Goathland, which became Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film.
  • Explore Grosmont Station which is home to the operating and engineering world of the NYMR. If you are lucky you might be able to catch a sneaky peak at the work taking place on our engines!
  • Visit Whitby with its narrow streets and bustling harbour overlooked by the striking ruins of Whitby Abbey.

Pickering Station 

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 roof structure 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.

Annual Steam Gala, North York Moors, Railway , Pickering, North Yorkshire, UK

Picture Credit Charlotte Graham

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.

Levisham Station

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.

Goathland Station

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

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. If you are lucky you might also be able to catch a sneaky peak at the work taking place on our engines. 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.

Whitby Station 

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.

2019 Season

Trains run daily between Pickering and Whitby from 8th April to 3rd November 2019. 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.

Upcoming Events

Behind the Scenes: 4, 5 & 6 May 2019

Explore ‘Behind the Scenes’ at one of the most popular heritage railway lines, where you will be able to take a sneaky peek at the areas we usually have closed. This event will showcase all the work that goes into keeping the wheels turning, as seen on the Channel 5 documentary ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’. Check out the engine sheds at Grosmont, visit carriage and wagon at Pickering, learn about the infrastructure and bridges at Goathland, and much more.

60s Fest: 13 & 14 July 2019

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 from The Stones, The Vox Beatles, The Funtime Frankies, The Sonics and more. Classic vehicles, displays and refreshments complement our heritage rail travel. Don’t miss out on a great family fun weekend.

Annual Steam Gala: 27, 28 & 29 September 2019

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will host its Annual Steam Gala from Friday 27th September to Sunday 29th September, with a combination of guest locomotives and home fleet engines in steam over the weekend.

Railway in Wartime: 11, 12 & 13 October 2018

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, Home Guard demonstrations at Goathland and RAF themed Grosmont. Levisham station will include 1940s style show bands, music acts and much more.

Halloween Train: 26, 27, 29, 30 & 31 October 2019

Join us on board the Halloween Train, which will take you and your family on a spooky journey this Halloween!

Children and their scaredy-cat grown-ups will love meeting our silly, spectacular and sometimes spooky cast of storytellers. Hear their ghoulish tales, join in with their scary songs and be prepared for moments of magic. This will be an evening of Steam & Scream!

Santa Specials: 30 November 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21 & 22 December 2019

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!


Great journey, great day out and great value. 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 477700 or email grouptravel@nymr.co.uk


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 473799 or email learning@nymr.co.uk


Did you know that the NYMR is reliant on volunteers and is a registered charity?

Volunteering is a great new way to make friends, learn new skills and help a great cause. So, whether you are looking to help at one of our stations, work with the public or get up close and personal with our engines, the world’s most popular heritage railway has the perfect volunteer role for you!



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