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

Bright sparks, Finn Allen and James Woodland, have joined North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) as mechanical engineering apprentices.

As a registered charity, NYMR provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public. Thanks to grants from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Rural Payments Agency and the Local Enterprise Partnership and the generosity of supporters its Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project (YMJ) is now firmly on track.

YMJ includes apprenticeships in engineering, administration and countryside management of the NYMR’s ecologically important lineside. Finn and James are the first of 12 apprentices who will help to secure the future of the award-winning heritage railway line, enjoyed by more than 300,000 passengers every year.

Chosen from more than 30 applicants, Finn and James stood out because of their previous commitment as volunteers during which time they gained valuable experience. Together they will develop and enhance their skills helping maintain the Charity’s historic engines and carriages, with the guidance and support of its team of professional engineers.

As pictured Finn Allen and James Woodland (L-R).

Local lad, Finn, has been an NYMR Junior Volunteer since he was 13 years old. His apprenticeship will enable him to complete a Mechanical Engineering Standards Framework course at NETA, Portrack, Stockton, with hands-on work placement training at the NYMR.

James, originally from South Yorkshire, is now settled in the Esk Valley area and ready to embark on his new NYMR career. He’s been a volunteer at Barrow Hill Roundhouse near Chesterfield working on their locomotives. He too will be undertaking vocational and workplace training alongside Finn. What’s more, he will gain valuable technical skills at a specialist training establishment (T.T.E) in Middlesbrough.

John Bailey, NYMR Trust Chairman, said: “These landmark first apprentice appointments are exciting evidence of our commitment to the NYMR’s future. Our   staff and volunteers look forward to working with them passing on vital engineering skills and experience to another generation.

Everyone at the railway would like to thank the grant funding agencies and our generous donors who’ve made that possible. Investment in future engineering skills will help ensure the NYMR continues to provide our thousands of visitors with an evocative enjoyable experience of the age of steam. That had its cradle in the North East so it’s highly appropriate its future should lie there too.

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 five years and is appealing for further support to achieve that target.  For further information and to donate, please visit nymr.co.uk/YMJ.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is an award-winning charitable trust that carries 300,000 unique passengers every year. It is Britain’s most popular heritage railway and is one of the best visitor attractions in the North East. nymr.co.uk/YMJ

The NYMR trust relies heavily on donations and the work of its many volunteers. The 180-year old railway needs to raise £1million by 2022 so its railway bridges and its 50-100-year-old vehicles can remain viable.

  • 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.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund