The NYMR archive holds a substantial collection of plans, architectural drawings, maps, papers, books and small artefacts. The collection is available for consultation and research by prior appointment.

The Archive is situated in purpose-built accommodation in The Learning Centre. The Archive is available for research purposes by appointment with the Archivist.

The NYMR is always interested in donations of railway related ephemera, publications, photographs, documents and any other objects that fall within our collecting policy.

The NYMR is a fully accredited museum with the Museum Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). The Railway holds a substantial archive collection most of which is housed in the Learning Centre on platform 2 at Pickering Station. The archive is housed in a modern purpose built archive room with full climate and storage condition control.

Collecting policy

To collect material relating to the history of the railways in the North East of England (defined as the operating territory of the North Eastern Railway as at 31st December 1922); in particular material relating to the Whitby and Pickering railway and to other railways of the North York Moors area, from the start of the railway era to the Beeching period’ (c1825 – 1960s).

Archival material will also be collected up to the present day, particularly NYMR records and ephemera but also material related to the later era of BR and its successors, especially if it has a bearing on equipment used, or operating on, the NYMR or items relating to the operations of the NYMR itself.

We regret that we do not hold staff and employment records. These are housed within The National Archive at Kew.

To volunteer within the Archive Department visit Volunteer

Contact Mark Sissons archivist@nymr.co.uk