Astounding Inventions: Tour of Carriage Care Facility: Saturday 10th September & Friday 16th 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? 

Take a 40 minute tour of our new Trout Farm Carriage Care Facility in Pickering with one of our volunteers. See how this new £4 million facility enables us to care for our heritage carriages. From carrying out routine maintenance, to servicing and inspections this facility.  

There will also be an opportunity to visit one of our newly converted Fuss Free carriages which is fully accessible for wheelchair users, including an accessible toilet. Double doors will provide direct access, eliminating the need to fit through narrow, corridor gangways. The size of the space will also make group outings possible. also funded which will allow us to offer greater access to all our passengers. 

  • Suitability: Families & Adults 
  • Tour Times: 10:00, 11:00 & 12:00 (30-40 minutes each tour)
  • Meeting Place: Carriage Care Facility Car Park - Newbridge Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8JJ
  • Access from Pickering: You can either park for free at the Carriage Care Facility or you can walk to the site, which is 15 minute walk. At the entry of our visitor car park, take a left and walk along Undercliffe, Pickering.
  • Price: FREE - You must pre-book your FREE Ticket.


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Information: Please ensure you have sensible footwear for the tour. 

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)
  • For further details about the festival, visit

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 upkeep of heritage locomotives and rolling stock and heritage railway buildings, bridges and other historic railway structures. 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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Photo Credit: Charlotte Graham