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.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a historic heritage railway and our vital infrastructure only has a finite lifespan. To ensure we can run safely for future generations, we need to continuously invest in maintaining the many structures that carry the railway, alongside ongoing maintenance works to care for it and prolong its life.

Some of our bridges are over 100 years old and many were secondhand even before they were installed in their present locations. The metal structures are starting to show their age and renewal is essential to ensure we can keep running well into the future.

The Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project is replacing three of the bridges along the route - bridges 27, 24 and 25.

Bridge 27


Carrying the 180-year-old railway over the Eller Beck at Goathland Station, this 20 metre bridge is best recognised as the iconic track leading to Hogsmeade Station, where the young wizards embarked for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movie, The Philosopher’s Stone.

This bridge replacement has now been completed. The bridge was suffering corrosion to significant parts of its early steelwork. Although early bridge design often includes some tolerance that enables the use of heavier axle-load steam engines like we run today, there were still areas of concern. Structural assessments and reviews of its condition led to the conclusion that the bridge was past economic repair if it was to continue carrying heavy steam locomotives.

Cleveland Bridge was appointed to design, fabricate and install a new 84-tonne single span bridge structure. They also dismantled and removed the old bridge and earthworks and pre-cast concrete parts for the bridge as well as casting its new deck in situ.

Bridges 24 and 25

Now that we have completed bridge 27, the focus of the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project is turning to the two remaining bridges, both of which lie south of Goathland station. Although some strengthening work had previously been undertaken on bridge 25, we assessed that more remedial work was required to ensure that both bridges could continue to be used by passenger trains hauled by heavy steam engines.

Our bridges are absolutely crucial for an operating railway and ensuring that future generations can enjoy this historic route. 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!