Your Guide to the North York Moors Railway

Your Guide to the North York Moors Railway

28 March 2019

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

Railway Conservation. Run by Volunteers. Not for Profit. 


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The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is an award-winning charitable trust that carries 350,000 passengers every year. It is Britain’s most popular heritage railway and is one of the best visitor attractions in the North East. Day to day operations are 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. 

Climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train and experience 90 minute experience across 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery between Pickering & Grosmont.

Your Journey 

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.  

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.  


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