The railway is owned and operated by an independent charitable trust with no public funding. Run as part of the local community, day to day operation is carried out by volunteers who work steadily to improve the quality of the infrastructure, the railway vehicles and the experience of our visitors travelling on the railway.

Physically, the trust’s eighteen-mile length of infrastructure crosses the challenging landscape of the North York Moors. The route includes many bridges, retaining walls and earthworks which are subject to constant deterioration from the weather and the passage of time. They require continual expensive care and maintenance.

Fifty years ago our founders had the vision and determination to re-open the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Today we face a challenge of similar scale. We are extremely grateful for the support from the National Lottery. With its backing, we can plan confidently both the implementation of essential projects and our appeal for the balance of funds required. This should ensure that fifty years hence, people will still be learning from and enjoying the experience of steam across the Moors.

Trust Chairman, John Bailey

The aim of the fundraising campaign is to generate £2.5 million over 5 years which will be match funded by a heritage lottery bid of £4.2m. 

Primary Focus:

Major conservation and restoration work to several wrought iron bridges at Goathland. Without these bridges the line cannot operate but they are over 100 years old and are beginning to need replacement or drastic overhaul.

Secondary Focus:

  • Equality of access: Fuss free access coaches for all

  • Wider engagement: Goathland Learning Centre (converted carriage for school pupils) and Interpretation.

  • Volunteer Development: Volunteer Development Officer and Volunteer accommodation at Grosmont. 

  • Care of the irreplaceable carriages: Construction of a new depot at Pickering for housing and maintenance of up to 40 carriages.

Help us reach our goal to ensure that future generations can enjoy one of the worlds greatest railway experiences!