High Speed Train visiting North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Special Saturday service to celebrate relationship between East Midlands Trains and Railway Children.

  • Rail partners aiming to raise £30,000 for Railway Children charity with special train service on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR).
  • Staff and volunteers from East Midlands Trains, North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), Railway Children, the 125 Group and Branch Line Society will be out in force on Saturday 15 July.
  • The special service will start at Derby and call at Chesterfield, Sheffield, York, Middlesbrough and Pickering.

East Midlands Trains is putting on a special train on Saturday 15 July to raise funds for the Railway Children charity. The special service will run from Derby via Chesterfield, Sheffield, York and Middlesbrough then on to the NYMR heritage line. The service will operate between Grosmont and picturesque Pickering then onward to Whitby. It is believed that this will be the first time in the NYMR’s history that a high speed train has visited.

The route will take in stunning scenery across Derbyshire and Yorkshire, where films such as Harry Potter and famous television shows like Heartbeat, have been filmed. The tour will traverse unusual lines along the way and will be formed of eight Mark 3 vehicles and two EMT Class 43 power cars fitted with VP185 engines, with 43082 Railway Children requested. Once on the NYMR line, there will be a special rededication naming ceremony to mark the decade-long relationship between East Midlands Trains and Railway Children.

Jake Kelly, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “Everyone is really looking forward to the day itself and raising money for such a good cause.

We've been working very hard with our operations partner Direct Rail Services to make sure everything goes smoothly on the day and we’ve had fantastic support from the 125 Group, Railway Children and Branch Line Society."

Chris Price, General Manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said: “We are really looking forward to the visit of the high speed train, although we run a wide range of locomotives ourselves, it does make a change to welcome two stunning class 43’s to our heritage line. Passengers will have the unique opportunity to experience the North York Moors National Park from the high speed train service.”

Standard NYMR travel tickets are valid for use on the high speed train between Pickering and Whitby on Saturday 15th July. Fares start from just £29.00 for adults, £24.65 for seniors and £14.50 for children. Or alternatively, families can take advantage of a family ticket for just £60.00, which grants access to two adults and two children. For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to nymr.co.uk/Event/high-speed-train.

Standard NYMR travel tickets are valid for use on the High Speed Train between Pickering and Whitby.

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Southbound Northbound Timetable

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Notes for Editors

Picture Credit: East Midlands Trains HST at York, Copyright 125 Group.

To purchase tickets for the event from the Branch Line Society, visit branchline.org.uk/

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a not for profit charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering.

  • The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway we own from Pickering to Grosmont.
  • Operating over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby.
  • Provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
  • Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages.
  • The NYMR is a fully accredited museum.

For regular news, updates and competitions, North Yorkshire Moors Railway is also on Facebook facebook.com/northyorkshiremoorsrailway and Twitter twitter.com/nymr.

The Railway Children is a charity which helps thousands of children across the UK, India and East Africa run away or are forced to leave homes that have become unbearable through poverty, abuse, violence and neglect. Reaching a child as soon as possible is crucial to getting to children on the streets before an abuser can, and before they become entrenched in street life. We race to get to children before the streets get to them. Visit railwaychildren.org.uk/

The 125 Group aims to provide a central correspondence post for news and views concerning the Class 43 power cars, Mark III HST rolling stock, operations, works attention and any other relevant information. Ultimately, to raise enough money to purchase examples of IC 125 rolling stock to enter preservation. Visit 125group.org.uk/

Branch Line Society is a UK-based voluntary association for railway enthusiasts. It is a nationally spread organisation with a membership of approaching 1000. Visit branchline.org.uk/


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