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 180 year old railway for decades to come. Over the past 5 years we’ve been busy delivering 7 unique initiatives. The project concludes in 2024 and you can find out more below about what we’ve already achieved and what’s still to come.

Bridge Renewals

We’ve replaced three crucial bridges along our railway to ensure that we can keep the trains running well into the future. The new bridges have replaced ones that were over 150 years old and starting to show their age. Find Out More

Fuss Free Access

We’ve made improvements to help ensure that our site is as accessible as possible for all to enjoy and feel included. This includes new specially adapted accessible carriages, enhanced signage and accessible maps. Find Out More

Carriage Stable

We have built a new £4 million carriage stable at Pickering to provide better care for our historic carriages. The new facility provides covered storage for up to 40 carriages and is making our work to care for and maintain the collection much easier. Find Out More

Goathland Learning & Interpretation

We are busy developing our learning programmes and have launched a fresh new programme of activities to engage young people with the railway. We have transformed the former pigeon van at Goathland into a new learning coach and have launched a new app. Find Out More

Volunteer Development

We have invested in volunteering including creating new volunteer opportunities across our departments and providing training and support to help volunteer development. We have also created the Outstation at Stape - a residential centre providing high quality volunteer accommodation. Find Out More


Our new apprenticeship scheme is helping young people gain the skills they need for a future in heritage railways. Our apprentices are working alongside our staff in engineering and lineside conservation. Find Out More

Lineside Conservation

Our lineside conservation project is helping to care for the land either side of our railway tracks. Our conservation work includes habitat surveys, practical conservation tasks and the creation of educational resources to help our visitors understand more about wildlife and conservation. Find Out More

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 150 years old and many were second-hand 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, all designed by Cass Hayward of Chepstow.  

Bridge 27

Image of Bridge 27 during installation

 Image showing corrosion on the steelwork.

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 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.

You can watch a time-lapse video of the bridge replacement here:

Bridges 24 and 25

We are currently replacing 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.

Watch the video of the installation of bridge 24:

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