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

What is the lineside?

The lineside is the land either side of the railway tracks. Our 36 miles of lineside (18 miles each side of the tracks) covers approximately 170 acres. It’s packed with cultural, historical and natural heritage – from manmade features like stations and workshops, to vast swathes of ‘living lineside’ - the grasses, flowers and trees viewed from the train window.

Dotted along the lineside are special features that you might not even notice - miles of fencing, dry stone walls, ditches, lineside huts, signals, signs and markers.

A Living Lineside

The Lineside Conservation Project focuses on caring for and managing the lineside.

Our railway travels through the stunning the countryside of the North York Moors National Park. But how many people realise they are passing two Sites of Special Scientific Interest, a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve (a Special Conservation Area) and ancient woodland?

The lineside links these important habitats and, because it is relatively undisturbed, the many species of plants and animals living and moving through here can thrive.

We are busy surveying these habitats to enable us to enhance and protect them. We are working closely with our neighbours, the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England and many others to make sure our lineside buzzes with life.

We are also producing information, interpretation, educational resources and events to encourage our staff, volunteers and visitors to discover more about the lineside as part of enhancing their experience and enjoyment of the railway.

Managing the Lineside into the future

Maintaining our 36 miles of lineside involves many specialist skills and hard work all year round from our staff and volunteers. Often these tasks are more related to land and estate management than to traditional railway works.

Keeping the railway safe is a priority. Train drivers need a clear line of sight to see signals, signs, crossings and staff and volunteers working on the railway and lineside (who in turn need to see them). This requires careful vegetation management, including managing trees.

We also need to maintain access for maintenance works and keep our boundary features intact to protect people and livestock. We are currently auditing our many boundaries to help with planning their long-term maintenance. We also have responsibilities towards minimising fire risk and retaining and conserving traditional lineside structures such as retaining walls, huts and signs.

There are many heritage and habitat features along the lineside that we would like to bring to life. We aim to maintain a ‘traditional’ appearance for the railway whilst also enhancing wildlife and biodiversity and an enjoyable experience for our passengers. Donations are crucial to help support these initiatives and train volunteers and staff to effectively manage and maintain the lineside. Thank you for your support.


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