Northern Lights Express illuminates the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Ladies and Gentlemen step right up step right up! Tonight, we are here to marvel at a wonder of the modern age. If Mr James Watt and Mr Robert Stephenson themselves were here they would scarcely be able to believe their eyes as we witness the scintillating, illuminating collaboration of steam and electricity. In just a matter of moments you will see a sight the likes of which you have never seen before, so counts with me 10, 9, 8, .......behold the magical Northern Lights Express!

Join us this winter for a trip on our new, Northern Lights Express! This truly spectacular illuminated journey starts at Pickering Station, where our train with heritage carriages awaits you, decorated with thousands of lights.

Chris Price, NYMR General Manager said: “Northern Lights Express services are not to be missed. The new event is going to be a light spectacular event, which will not only illuminate the North Yorkshire Moors, but also engage a new audience”.  

  • See the Northern Lights Express illuminated at Pickering Station. 
  • Travel through a twinkling forest, transformed by a multitude of lights and surprises!
  • Experience a 60-minute journey on board the Northern Lights Express. 
  • Travel to Levisham Station, where you will see a dazzling light show, as our heritage steam engine prepares for the return journey. 

You will travel through a twinkling forest which is transformed by a multitude of lights and surprises. Experience a light extravaganza and a snow covered authentic heritage station, like you’ve never seen before! Northern Lights Express will operate: 30 November & 1, 7, 8, 12*, 13*, 14, 15, 19*, 20*, 21, 22 & 23* December, departing at 7pm. *Two evening services will operate on highlighted dates departing at 5pm and 7pm.

Northern Lights Express Costs Adult/Child £25.00 per person. Group Rates (20+) can be booked via Customer Services on 01751 472508. Prices from £22 per adult/child. Book Now Terms & Conditions apply.

Please note: 

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before departure time. There will be a pre-show on Platform 1 for the lighting of the Train. 
  • Wheelchair users can travel onboard the Northern Lights Express. Spaces are limited. To book, please contact Customer Services on 01751 472508. Concessionary Fares are not available for Northern Lights Express Services. 
  • Pickering Tea Room and Gift Shop will be open until the last Northern Lights Express departure. Trolley Services will operate on the services. 
  • Northern Lights Express is a pre-book service with seat allocation. 
  • Please note that there is no Santa on Northern Lights Express services.
  • The Northern Lights Express service includes flashing lights which may not be suitable for those with Photosensitive Epilepsy. 
  • Under 12 months can travel on the service free of charge. A seat will not be provided. 


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 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

The NYMR trust relies heavily on donations and the work of its many volunteers. The 180-year old railway needs to raise £1 million 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.