Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a steam train, operate a signal box or how a locomotive works? Wonder no more, as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is set to reveal what goes on behind the scenes.

During the first Bank Holiday weekend of May (4, 5 & 6 May) NYMR will once again open its doors and invite the public to learn about the inner workings of a heritage railway, as well as quirky demonstrations and a sneak peek behind usually closed doors!

At Pickering station visitors will be able to see what goes on inside the Carriage and Wagon workshop, headed up by Manager Kieran who is currently starring in series two of ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’. The Archive and Education departments will also be producing an exhibition showcasing ‘50 Years of Steam at the NYMR’. Short Brake Van rides* utilising our class 08 shunters, will take you along the railway line to New Bridge and back.

Visitors to Levisham station will be treated to signal box tours and at Goathland station there will be talks on it’s history including information about the Pelton Wheel. Hull & Barnsley Stock Fund will open up their carriages to show how they are progressing on the restoration work and find out about the vital repair work needed to bridges located on the approach to the station.

At Grosmont, the operating hub of the railway, there will be the chance to walk through the repair shop and running shed to get a first-hand insight into the work being carried out on our locomotives. Enjoy some raw power as we show you fascinating demonstrations** of our 45 Ton capacity 1920s steam powered crane.

During the event visitors can also see the much loved Q6 locomotive 63395, which has recently taken a trip down memory lane and received a makeover which has restored it to its original look – dating back over 100 years! Originally, the Q6 was an unglamorous freight workhorse that plied the tracks of the north east of England for 50 years. Remarkably, along with the class J27s, it was one of the very few pre-grouping steam locomotives to survive right up to the end of steam on British Railways.

Paul Middleton, Head of Traction and Rolling Stock at the NYMR and star of ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’, said: “The railway welcomes over 350,000 visitors each year so to have an event that allows members of the public the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes, and all the hard work our volunteers put in on a daily basis, is fantastic.

“We look forward to seeing lots of families at the railway for a fun bank holiday weekend and we’re sure they’ll no doubt learn a thing or two as well!”

Interested in volunteering at the railway? A volunteer ambassador will be at each station over the event to discuss what volunteering involves and how you can join the team!  

For more information or to pre-book tickets visit please visit www.nymr.co.uk/behindthescenes

Travel along the heritage line (Pickering to Grosmont Return - hop on, hop off all day) Adult £27.00, Child £13.50 and Family (2x Adults & 3x Children) £57.00. Multi-Day Tickets (1 day, 2 day and 3 day ticket options available). Carer Tickets are available with a full paying fare. Proof of ID required at Booking Office.  

We will be running the Bronze Timetable on Saturday & Monday and the Silver Timetable on Sunday. View Timetables.

*Small charge may apply. **Approx. 20 minutes demonstrations: Sunday 5 & Monday 6 May: 1030, 1130, 1230, 1330, 1430 & 1530.

Picture Caption (Top) Paul Middleton, Head of Traction & Rolling Stock. (Right) Peter Whitaker, NYMR Signwriter and Volunteer Fireman.



For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555

Louise Iles – PR Account Director: [email protected]

Sam Wright – PR Account Manager: [email protected]


Notes for editors

  • 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.
  • NYMR recently launched the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey appeal, which aims to raise £2,500,000 over the next five years for maintenance and repair that is vital to ensure that the railway remains operational. To find out more about the appeal and pledge your support, visit co.uk/ymj
  • NYMR have recently been the stars of Channel 5 two series documentary ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard
  • The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway it owns from Pickering to Grosmont. The heritage railway operates over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby.
  • The charity provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
  • The NYMR is an Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages.
  • The railway is a fully accredited museum