Running on Time KS1/Lower KS2 1 hour
Goathland Station, 30 Pupils

Pupils investigate the jobs performed at the Station needed to keep the railway running on time. The workshop challenges pupil to examine a range of primary sources and think critically to discover as much as they can about a photograph of station staff from the late nineteenth century. Pupils analyse the evidence, which includes examining archive photographs, museum objects and census records, before a special chance to dress up as the Victorian station staff - if their deductions are correct! There is also an interactive tour of the station to find out more about the roles of the Station Master, Porter, Platelayers and the Signaller. To check we are keeping to railway time, pupils will try an activity based on reading train timetables and the importance of checking the station clock!

National Curriculum Links


  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066: a significant turning point in British history (the first railways).


  • Measurement (units of time).

Design & Technology - Evaluate:

  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world.


  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

How To Book

View our Suggested Visit Itineraries and Generic Risk Assessment, designed to help primary schools visiting Goathland Station; it contains all the information you are likely to need, helping you and your group make the most from your visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

There is no cost for workshops and activities, you just need to book; please complete our Booking Form and we will be in touch shortly.