Ride the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Climb aboard and experience the unique vintage charm of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Make yourself comfortable, ideally by a window seat, and soak up the views as you make your way through 24 miles of beautiful National Park countryside. Be sure to hop off at least once to discover the beautifully restored railway stations that promise to transport you back in time to a bygone era.

Rooted in history

The railway opened in 1835, shuttling passages between Whitby and Grosmont and was designed to help halt the decline that had previously been affecting the local area. By 1836, the railway was not only running a popular passenger service, but it had also helped introduce a number of new industries into the local area, bringing both jobs and prosperity to the region.

Continued success

Throughout the 1800s, the railway continued to thrive, becoming part of the York and North Midland Railway in 1845 which, in turn, introduced a variety of exciting new destinations to passengers including Hull, Manchester, Liverpool, and London. As Whitby grew more accessible to holidaymakers, the local area gradually developed as a seaside resort. Through the decades and into the 1900s, the railway would continue to evolve as Britain’s railway infrastructure grew and modernised.

Public ownership and closure

Following World War II, British Railways was formed and the London and North Eastern Railway as it was then known was taken under public ownership. This meant that the railway enjoyed a period of modernisation with the introduction of new diesel engines to replace equipment that had become worn-out during the war effort. By 1963, Britain’s rail network faced scrutiny as Dr. Beeching was brought in to investigate the state of the nation’s rail network and determine future investment. By 1965, the line had been closed entirely, a decision which caused many redundancies in the local area.

Community-led revival

In 1967, a plucky group of railway enthusiasts banded together to form the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society. They were united by one common vision: to bring the Grosmont to Pickering railway line back to life. In time, the society grew, eventually registering as a charity under the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust in 1972.

Modern day success

Since 1973, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has operated public services that have continued to thrive, with the line becoming a popular attraction with both locals and tourists alike. The service has continued to expand, with the addition of new platforms and line extensions to Whitby and the Esk Valley Line. Unsurprisingly, the railway has won a number of awards in recognition of the renovation and restoration work that has been undertaken, ensuring it is fit for the future.