North Yorkshire Moors Railway is on track to raise £2,500,000 with more than £200,000 pledged since NYMR’s Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey campaign launched last October.

North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway Trust Chairman, John Bailey, said: “We’re extremely proud of how much money has already been raised and we would like to say huge thank you to everyone who has donated, no matter how big or small.

“The railway has been one of Yorkshire’s much loved attractions for the last five decades, with a history of creating long lasting family memories. Now, as we look to secure our future, these funds will be invaluable.”

To give a little bit more insight in to NYMR and to let the public know why these funds are needed, the attraction has shared its Top 5 Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey Facts:

  • The award-winning visitor attraction steams across the North York Moors bringing delight to more than 350,000 passengers every year.
  • Our carriage fleet has appeared in Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and the new film, Phantom Thread with Daniel Day Lewis.
  • Bridges 24, 25 & 27 have had over 7.5million tonnes of steam locomotive travelling over them since they were installed in 1908.
  • Over 17,500 school children have visited the railway in the past five years, since the learning centre was built at Pickering in 2011. With a new facility at Goathland the railway could educate a further 6,000!
  • If every passenger donated £1.48 over the next five years, we would reach our goal!

Owned and operated by an independent charitable trust with no public funding, day to day operation of the railway is carried out by volunteers who work steadily to improve the quality of the infrastructure, the railway vehicles and the experience of visitors.  To pledge your support in 2018 please visit



For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555

Louise Iles – PR Account Director: [email protected]

Mira Cowap – PR Account Manager: [email protected]

Sam Wright – Senior Account Executive: [email protected]


Notes for editors

Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey aims to raise £2,500,000. Keeping 18 miles of railway with more than thirty bridges through the difficult countryside of the North York Moors in top-notch condition is a continuing challenge. The 180-year old railway already invests around £1 million annually but there’s only so much the fare box can generate and much more is needed for the railway bridges and its 50-100 year old vehicles to remain viable.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a not for profit charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering.

  • The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway it owns from Pickering to Grosmont.
  • The heritage railway operates over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby.
  • The charity provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
  • The NYMR is an Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages.
  • The railway is a fully accredited museum.