North Yorkshire Moors Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
This popular steam railway runs regular journeys of 18 miles through the North York Moors National Park from Pickering to Grosmont.
The NYMR traces its origins back to 1832, when the Whitby and Pickering Railway was launched to encourage trade and passenger traffic to Whitby, which was suffering a downturn in trade. The railway was intended to carry coal, limestone, timber, and stone, as well as passengers. The earliest reminder of the W&P railway is the tunnel at Grosmont, possibly built by railroad pioneer George Stephenson. The Whitby line was later absorbed into the York and North Midland Railway, part of George Hudson's growing railway empire, and later became part of the North Eastern Railway.

When rail travel was nationalised in the 20th century the North York moors line became part of British Rail. Modernising spelled the end of the line, as diesel replaced steam and cost-cutting measures meant the end came in 1965.

It did not take long before railroad enthusiasts came out in force to promote using the old Pickering to Grosmont part of the Whitby line for members only steam train journeys. By the 21st century the NYMR had grown to employ 85 full-time staff and dozens of volunteer members.

The NYMR travels through wonderful scenery aboard authentic wood-panelled steam trains. See the engine turntable at Grosmont and the George Stephenson tunnel, built in 1835, at Goathland, the setting for the popular 'Heartbeat' television series. Goathland station served as Hogsmeade station in the first instalment of the Harry Potter films, and if you're old enough to recall the All Creatures Great and Small TV series you'll recognise it as Darrowby station. At Levisham station you can visit the NYMR artist in resident as he - or she - works. The terminus is Pickering, with its restored 1847 station, just a short walk from historic Pickering Castle.

The railway is extremely popular with visitors to the North York Moors, so its a good idea to book your journey ahed during the summer months.