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.

Our new £4 million carriage stable at Pickering is enabling us to better care for our heritage carriages and allow routine servicing, safety inspections and cleaning to be undertaken under cover for the first time. This will make life easier for our staff and volunteers who work on them.

The new carriage shed can accommodate up to 40 of our heritage carriages and features five tracks with a cantilevered roof.

The facility is essential to ensure that our historic carriages will endure for future generations to enjoy. It will also ensure the safety of our vehicles, which had previously been subject to vandalism when stored in the open.

You can watch a timelapse video of the carriage stable being built here.

The stats

  • 4,500 square metres of building
  • 5 roads, each capable of housing between 7 and 8 typical carriages
  • Double sided platforms to enable easy access
  • Full length pit for underside access to trains
  • Volunteer/staff mess room
  • Comprehensive CCTV and Fire Alarm System

Why the carriage stable is so important

On 23 July 2017 we discovered that the LNER teak carriage set had been trashed by a gang of youths who had broken in at Pickering. Lights and light fittings were smashed, fire extinguishers set off, chairs used as battering rams, upholstery spoiled and windows smashed. The incident received international news coverage and a phenomenal response from the public with £50,000 being donated in just a week but it highlighted the urgent need to store our carriage fleet under cover with enhanced security surveillance.

The carriage shed will do more than prevent against vandalism. Our fleet is essential to keeping the railway moving but many of our vehicles are over 60 years old. Stock kept out in the open is exposed to everything the Yorkshire climate can throw against it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Rot and corrosion are particular issues for our Mk1 carriages, which are the last of the steam-era rolling stock. There are no new Mk1s to replace them and later coaches are just not compatible with steam locomotives. An ongoing programme of maintenance and repair is vital to keep them running, which is much easier done under cover. The work we do will also last much longer if the carriages are stored under cover. 

Pickering Carriage Stable Site Plan

The carriage stable is absolutely crucial for an operating railway and ensuring that future generations can enjoy our historic vehicles. The building stands in a designated flood plain and is designed to be flood resilient. The adjacent green area incorporates flood water storage capacity to help mitigate flood risk to Pickering. We will be planting it with a wildflower mix and Alder Buckthorn to attract wildlife and insects as part of our lineside conservation work.

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