Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey


The Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project has commenced thanks to a £4.4m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The £10m project has also received £1.75 million from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), as well as contributions from local organisations and private donors. With a combination of donations and grants, the railway has raised a majority of the funds to deliver the project. However, we still have a final push for the last £300,000 to be able to complete the project.

We have created a £4 million carriage stable at Pickering to enable us to better care for our heritage carriages and allow servicing and cleaning to be undertaken under cover for the first time.

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

The new facility is essential to ensure that our 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.

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

The carriage stable is bsolutely crucial for an operating railway and ensuring that future generations can enjoy our historic vehicles. Your donations are vital to help us make this route sustainable and enable us to continue operating for the next 50 years.

Your support and generosity can help us achieve our goal, Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey!