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

Volunteers are absolutely vital to our operation. From the historic work of volunteers who enabled the railway to reopen in 1973, through to the input of over 1100 volunteers today, every one makes an invaluable contribution.

The Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey project has supported the appointment of a new Head of volunteer Development to focus on volunteering. This is helping us explore new ways to engage potential volunteers and to create new volunteer roles within the railway. This post will ensure that a sustainable flow of volunteers is in place for the future when the project ends.

We are working on:

  • Identifying new sources of volunteers, particularly in the urban centres neighbouring the North York Moors.
  • Improving our records management including a brand new skills database.
  • Identify the volunteer skills and expertise necessary to support our operational requirements and complement the work of our paid staff.
  • Exploring opportunities to expand and develop our agreements with external companies who offer volunteer workers as part of their training and development within their own organisations.
  • Working with potential employers to identify how they can be supported to benefit from volunteers at the railway working in their own organisations.
  • Exploring ways for young people aged 16-18 to move into mainstream volunteering and ways to support them.

We also aspire to remove barriers to volunteering and help attract a new generation of volunteers - the future custodians of the railway. We also want to increase the demographic of our volunteers and offer opportunities across all ages, backgrounds and experience. These may be people who have not previously thought of volunteering or maybe not even heard of the railway. To help broaden our volunteer base we will offer a range of ways to support us - with regular, committed, long-term volunteering at one end and shorter term, bite-sized, easy to access opportunities at the other. 

You can find out more about all our current volunteering opportunities here.

The Outstation at Stape

The Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project has also supported the creation of a brand new Volunteering Development Hub and outreach centre – The Outstation. This was formerly the old school at Stape. This unique centre is fully equipped and has 10 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 22 people. This means we can provide both a high standard of volunteer accommodation and use the centre to connect us with new audiences. Our vision is to use the centre to introduce a more diverse range of people to the railway including families, young people, volunteers and community groups and to work alongside organisations to enrich their own employer-supported volunteering programmes. Guests will be able to participate in conservation projects as well as with preservation, maintenance and mechanical initiatives and we hope to ignite the start of a long-term relationship with the railway.

This project represents a huge investment in our future sustainability and the delivery of our objectives as a charity. Your donations are crucial to help support projects like this and inspire the future generation of railway custodians. Thank you.

Your donation makes a vital difference to help our railway survive for future generations.