Astounding Inventions: Tour of MPD / Engine Sheds: Saturday 10th September & Sunday 11th 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? 

See what happens behind the scenes at the locomotive sheds in Grosmont, the operating hub of the railway. Each tour will last approximately an hour and includes a tour of the restoration workshop where you will see black 5 No. 44806 and Class 31 Helen Turner current being overhauled. The tour will then proceed into the boiler shop where you will be able to get up close to ‘Heartlands’ boiler.    

There will also be some opportunity to take photographs of the locomotives and work being done to restore and maintain our historic fleet of locomotives.  

  • Tour Suitability: Families, Adults
  • Times: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00 & 13:30 (Approx. 15 minutes per tour)
  • Meeting Place: To meet at the engine sheds. Access from Grosmont Station, cross the road to the right of the Station and walk through the tunnel. Prior to the tour setting off, please visit the Shed Shop and then the tour will commence at the foot of the stairs.  
  • Price: FREE
  • Ticket: You must pre-book your FREE Ticket. 

Book Tickets

  • Information: 
    • The Motive Power Depot is a potentially hazardous working environment. Consequently, Participants must be reasonably fit, agile and over 10 years old. 
    • Unfortunately, due to the working environment of the Motive Power Depot wheelchairs users cannot be accommodated. 
    • No pets are allowed on the tour including guide dogs/assistance dogs due to safety reasons. 
    • Participants will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear. 

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 upkeep of heritage locomotives and rolling stock and heritage railway buildings, bridges and other historic railway structures. 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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Photo Credit: Charlotte Graham