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.

I would like to invite you to join me on an exciting journey. It began 50 years ago when our founders had a vision of what the North Yorkshire Moors Railway could become. They faced huge challenges in turning their ideas into reality, but they overcame each obstacle and knuckled down to the task of raising the money needed.

Thanks to their efforts our railway has grown to become the NYMR we know and love today. Yet the challenges remain, and over the years we have faced each one head on. Some, such as the replacement of Bridge 30, have been centred around operational needs, whereas others, like the work that went into delivering the Whitby services, were for the betterment of our public offering.

It has been a pleasure to be able to watch the railway reap the benefits of its successes, but we cannot rest on our laurels. We must ensure the NYMR remains one of Yorkshire’s most popular attractions, and as such we must evolve if we are to meet the challenges of operating a preserved railway in the 21st century.

Just as our founders had to find the money to get the railway off the ground, now it’s our turn to invest in the future. To ensure the railway remains sustainable we need to invest more than £10 million over the next 5 years. This was a seemingly impossible challenge until the Heritage Lottery Fund agreed to match pound for pound what we raise ourselves.

So we are launching a public appeal, which we’re calling ‘Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey’. The appeal is focused on individual projects that are key to our long- term survival, so I ask you to please give whatever you can afford, to help secure the NYMR for future generations. You can make a one off donation via the website or postal form or why not join our monthly direct debit scheme by selecting a regular payment through the donation form.

John Bailey
Trust Chairman

Your support and generosity can help us achieve our goal, Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey!