Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey

YORKSHIRE'S MAGNIFICENT JOURNEYHelp us raise £1 million

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.

Forming part of the iconic North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), the construction and the replacement of Bridge 27 is the first project to be completed which forms part of the NYMR's - Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey (YMJ) project.

Carrying the 180-year-old railway over the Eller Beck at Goathland Station, the 20-metre Bridge 27 is best recognised as the iconic track leading to Hogsmeade Station, where the young wizards embarked for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movie, The Philosopher’s Stone.

As part of a full turn-key package, Cleveland Bridge is working in close collaboration with NYMR, which, in addition to the design, fabrication and installation of the new 84-tonne single-span structure, includes the dismantling of the old bridge, earthworks, and pre-casting of concrete elements as well as the in-situ casting of its new deck.

Chris Price, NYMR General Manager, said: “This investment in the future of our railway paves the way for future generations to enjoy our vibrant rail history.

Cleveland Bridge UK have been a pleasure to work with on this project and their intrinsic involvement builds on the trust and professional partnership that we can hope to continue for many years to come.”





The bridge replacement is part of the £10 million YMJ project, which aims to secure the long-term future of the popular railway. It will involve other much-needed infrastructure improvements to enable the line to continue running, including the replacement of two further bridges. The project also focuses on improving access to the railway by those with disabilities and young children, providing new opportunities for apprentices and new education and volunteering facilities. There will be more updates on these exciting initiates over the coming months as work progresses.

NYMR’s ambitious project has been made possible by grants from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Rural Payments Agency, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the generosity of supporters.

With a combination of donations and grants the Charity has raised 90% of the funds to deliver its YMJ project. The heritage railway still needs to raise an additional £1 million over the next three years and is appealing for further support to achieve that target. For further information and to donate, please visit nymr.co.uk/YMJ.