Astounding Inventions: Lineside Conservation (Grosmont): Sunday 11th September

Join us in celebrating England's rich history of invention, industry and innovation with Heritage Open Days 'Astounding Inventions' theme. Where would we be without steam trains?

Our lineside is also part of the living museum that is the NYMR, with heritage features galore including, walls, bridges, tunnels and huts, showing great ingenuity and beautiful architecture - all cared for by our staff and volunteer teams. 

The lineside links these important habitats and, because it is relatively undisturbed, the many species of plants and animals living and moving through here can thrive. 

Meet our Lineside Conservation volunteers at the Wildlife meadow heading towards the MPD and hear about some of the projects happening along the lineside including the diverse species we are trying to attract and the partners we work with to help us manage our living lineside.  

There is also an opportunity to take part in our children’s activity - Kit’s Guide to Poo. Pick up a guide and discover mammals along the railway by finding the stuff they leave behind. 

  • Event Suitability: Families / All
  • Times: 10:00 to 14:00
  • Meeting Place: To meet outside the foot tunnel to the MPD/Engine Sheds. Access from Grosmont Station, cross the road to the right of the station towards the foot tunnel. 
  • Price: FREE
  • Ticket: You do not require a Ticket for this event. 

The NYMR's Trust is a not-for-profit charity, which focuses on both the education of all people of all backgrounds through the operation of a living museum demonstrating the impact of the coal-powered steam railway as a catalyst for the rapid expansion of the Industrial Revolution and a foundation of modern societies and economies. 

The advancement of heritage by the preservation and operation for the public benefit of the historical railway line across the North York Moors between Grosmont and Pickering, North Yorkshire including the conservation of the flora, fauna and species within the Charity's lineside estate, adjacent to and within the North York Moors National Park, including designated areas of special scientific interest forming part of the estate. Learn more:

Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey Project

The £10 million YMJ project aims to secure the long-term future of the popular heritage railway. It involves much-needed infrastructure improvements to enable the line to continue running for generations to come, including the replacement of three bridges. The project also focuses on improving access to the railway by those with disabilities, action to conserve and interpret the heritage, flora and fauna along the lineside, providing new opportunities for apprentices and new education and volunteering facilities. For further information and to donate please visit

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About Heritage Open Days

  • Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Running for ten days every September, the festival offers free access to heritage events and activities across England.
  • Heritage Open Days is brought to you by the National Trust with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and delivered locally by a large range of organisations (including civic societies, heritage organisations and local councils, community champions and thousands of enthusiastic volunteers)
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