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

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!