Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey


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.

When it comes to fundraising, the NYMR, and more importantly its friends and supporters, have got a proven track record of success. From emergency appeals to repair carriage vandalism damage to over £2million for the second platform at Whitby, the railway has accomplished great things over the past 50 years.

The income we generate from passengers and retail allows us to run the trains day-to- day and keep them maintained. However larger projects such as locomotive overhauls and investment in renewals or capital projects require additional sources of funding, which is often where you come in. We have also been very successful over the years in obtaining grant aid from a variety of bodies, with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) being particularly supportive in the past, as they have with Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey.

The HLF knows that we can deliver, and understands that our record of continual reinvestment in track, bridges and rolling stock is impressive. But we all know that it can never be enough from our own resources, and that bridges and improved carriage care facilities produce a ‘blip’ in the capital programme that we cannot meet without help.

You only have to look at a list of our most recent accomplishments to see what the NYMR family is capable of.These are just some of the projects that the NYMR has successfully delivered in recent years:

  • 2010: Replaced Bridge 30 (£1M) thanks to the Bridges and Wheels appeal and North Yorkshire County Council
  • 2012: Put the roof back on Pickering Station, together with the Learning Centre and archive (£1.2M) thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and donations
  • 2013: Replaced Bridge 7 at Pickering Station (£0.35M) from operating surpluses
  • 2014: Loco 44806 (and earlier 75029) acquired thanks to a private benefactor
  • 2014: Opened a second platform at Whitby (£2.3M) thanks to the Coastal Communities Fund, Network Rail and private donations
  • 2016:Acquired 5 Bridge St, Pickering, thanks to more than 300 donors
  • 2016: Four miles of track renewed over previous three years thanks to operating surpluses, private donations and LEP grant
  • 2017: Repton returned to service following overhaul
  • 2017: Commenced restoration of Pullman Car Garnet thanks to Dept of Transport grant and many private donations (£140K)

Our proud record shows that, with your help, we are well placed to rise to the challenge of sustaining the NYMR’s future. Please help us by donating to the appeal.


Your support and generosity can help us achieve our goal: