Astounding Inventions: History of the Line by Ron Pickering: Friday 9th September & Wednesday 14th September

Join us in celebrating England's rich history of invention, industry and innovation with Heritage Open Days 'Astounding Inventions' theme. Where would we be without steam trains? 

The History of The NYMR talk/slideshow presentation with Q&A lasts appx 1 hour. The talk explores the development of the original Whitby - Pickering line through to Beaching’s Cuts and the start of the NYMR. 

  • Talk Suitability: Adults
  • Talk Times: 10:00 & 14:00 (Tours lasts approx. 1 hour)
  • Meeting Place: Pickering Station, Platform 2, Learning Centre
  • Price: FREE
  • Ticket: You must pre-book your FREE Ticket.


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The NYMR's Trust is a not-for-profit charity, which focuses on both the education of all people of all backgrounds through the operation of a living museum demonstrating the impact of the coal-powered steam railway as a catalyst for the rapid expansion of the Industrial Revolution and a foundation of modern societies and economies. 

The advancement of heritage by the preservation and operation for the public benefit of the historical railway line across the North York Moors between Grosmont and Pickering, North Yorkshire including the preservation, conservation, maintenance, repair and demonstration of heritage signalling systems. Learn more:

Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey Project

The £10 million YMJ project aims to secure the long-term future of the popular heritage railway. It involves much-needed infrastructure improvements to enable the line to continue running for generations to come, including the replacement of three bridges. The project also focuses on improving access to the railway by those with disabilities, action to conserve and interpret the heritage, flora and fauna along the lineside, providing new opportunities for apprentices and new education and volunteering facilities. For further information and to donate please visit

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About Heritage Open Days

  • Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Running for ten days every September, the festival offers free access to heritage events and activities across England.
  • Heritage Open Days is brought to you by the National Trust with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and delivered locally by a large range of organisations (including civic societies, heritage organisations and local councils, community champions and thousands of enthusiastic volunteers)
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