Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a steam train, operate a signal box or how a locomotive works? Wonder no more, as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is set to reveal what goes on behind the scenes.

During the first Bank Holiday weekend of May (5, 6 and 7 May) the railway will once again throw open its doors and invite the public to learn about the inner workings of a heritage railway, as well as quirky demonstrations and a sneak peek behind usually closed doors!

At Pickering visitors will be able to see what goes on inside the Carriage and Wagon workshop, headed up by Manager Kieran who recently starred in the Channel 5 documentary ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’. The Archive and Education departments will also be producing a display on the historic bridges along the line, with original pen and ink plans displayed in a Draughtsman’s drawing office.

Levisham Station visitors will be treated to signalbox tours and at Goathland there will be a talk on the history of the Station including the Pelton Wheel. There will also be information about the vital repair works needed to the bridges located on the approach to the station, as well as plans to install an exciting new education carriage.

Meanwhile in Grosmont, the operating hub of the railway, there will be the chance to walk through the repair shop and running shed to get a first-hand insight into the work being carried out on locomotives and rolling stock. North East Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) and the NYMR’s Junior Volunteers will also be on hand to provide further details about the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey appeal, as well offering a yummy selection of cakes and hot beverages for sale.

Paul Middleton, Head of Traction and Rolling Stock at the NYMR and also features in ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’, says “Being at the railway for over 20 years, it’s great to open up the engine sheds for people to get up close and personal with the lifeblood of rail history. I am particularly proud this year, as my own steam locomotive (Lucie – the Belgian steam tram) will be on display.”

For more information or to pre-book tickets visit please visit nymr.co.uk/ behindthescenes


For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555

Louise Iles – PR Account Director: [email protected]

Sam Wright – Account Executive: [email protected]


Notes for editors

  • 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.
  • NYMR recently launched the Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey appeal, which aims to raise £2,500,000 over the next five years for maintenance and repair that is vital to ensure that the railway remains operational. To find out more about the appeal and pledge your support, visit co.uk/ymj
  • NYMR have recently been the stars of Channel 5 documentary ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard
  • 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.