Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey

Delivering our £10 million future vision

Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey is our £10 million project to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy our magnificent 180 year old railway. Our seven initiatives will improve the experience and facilities for all our visitors and ensure that we have the volunteers, infrastructure and skills we need to operate for the next 50 years.

Our journey will take us to 2024 and has been possible thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the European Union, the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, our Local Enterprise Partnership and kind donations from our many supporters.

We have launched a new apprenticeship scheme, funded by the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project, to help even more young people gain the skills required for a future in heritage railways.

The two and three year apprenticeships are being offered in engineering, countryside work and business support and have been specially created and designed to meet the requirements of the Government’s apprenticeships scheme.

Our apprentices gain an introduction to the world of work, practical knowledge in preserving heritage and how to engage with the public. We hope that as many apprentices as possible will be able to stay with the railway once they successfully complete their training and will play a vital role in the future of the railway.

  • Engineering - Apprentices are learning a wide range of engineering skills which will include working on our engines and carriages. This is a 3-year apprenticeship.
  • Business Support - Apprentices are receiving training in all our business functions of finance, IT, marketing, commercial, HR and operations areas.
  • Countryside Work - Apprentices are working towards a level 2 qualification in Environmental Conservation and are learning a wide range of practical skills.

A total of 12 apprentices are being recruited and trained across the five years of the project, which commenced in 2019.

A Partnership Approach

We are working together with the North York Moors National Park to provide the Countryside Worker Apprenticeship. The Authority already had a long standing and award winning countryside apprenticeship programme. We are also working with local engineering apprenticeship experts to ensure we provide a high standard of training in Mechanical Engineering. We also offer a Business Support apprenticeship for the railway managers of the future.

Your donation makes a vital difference to help our railway survive for future generations.