TV sensation, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), still has tickets available for passengers to ride behind iconic locomotive, 60009 Union of South Africa. Tickets to travel behind the LNER Class A4 steam locomotive, which is one of only six surviving A4s, are priced from just £30 for adults and £15 for children*.

Union of South Africa services will depart at 9:30, 12:40 & 15:40 from Grosmont Station on 30, 31 March, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7 April 2019. 

Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: “Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: ‘It’s always a fantastic occasion when we kick start the season with a guest engine and we very much look forward to welcoming both heritage rail enthusiasts and families to ride behind such a unique locomotive. Also, visitors can get a real taste of railway life by tuning in to the second series of ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’, airing this Spring.

The first of the six-part documentary series sees the railway addressing the challenges of keeping trains operating through a National Park during a heatwave in the peak timetable. Locomotive 5428 Eric Treacy makes a return to traffic and Engine Shed Manager, Piglet, visits Erica the cat, after retiring from the Motive Power Depot after 15 years of service”.

NYMR has also added an additional Union of South Africa hauled Afternoon Tea Service on Thursday 4th April. With the first one selling out, another opportunity like this may not be seen for some time. Seats are limited.

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.

  • 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.

Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey aims to raise £2,500,000. Keeping 18 miles of railway with more than thirty bridges through the difficult countryside of the North York Moors in top-notch condition is a continuing challenge. The 180-year old railway already invests around £1 million annually but there’s only so much the fare box can generate and much more is needed for the railway bridges and its 50-100 year old vehicles to remain viable.

*Children are aged between four and 15 years old. Under four can travel for free when seated on the lap of a paying adult.