Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey


Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project will start this spring 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 90% of the funds to deliver the project. However, we still need to raise an additional £1 million by 2022 to be able to complete the project.

Planning for the railway's future

In 2017 the railway celebrated its 50th anniversary of the founding of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society. Those pioneering members would be amazed at what has been achieved in the subsequent five decades; the world’s busiest heritage steam railway providing enjoyment for the members and staff who make it work, and the public who enjoy travelling by steam train.

As many of you will know, we have talked to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and had tremendous support and encouragement from them. They understand the significance of the NYMR, and share similar objectives to our own. However the HLF’s emphasis is less on the nuts and bolts of heritage management, and more on making sure that people get the most from their heritage.

So we’ve agreed with the HLF that we will move forward with the portfolio scheme. It consists of seven separate projects that will affect every corner of the railway. The total programme will cost £10 million and the HLF will provide nearly half of that. However that leaves us with the challenge of raising the other half.

Project 1: Goathland Bridges Appeal
Renew and repair the worn-out iron bridges around Goathland, removing a threat to our continued operation.

Project 2: Fuss-free Access Coaches
Provide a Fuss-free access carriage in every train, with ramps, toilets and seating to easily accommodate all passengers mobility needs.

Project 3: Caring for our historic carriages
Construct a covered stable for up to 40 carriages at Pickering, reducing decay and easing maintenance of the fleet.

Project 4: Goathland Interpretation and Learning
Better serve school groups and families with a dedicated education carriage at Goathland station.

Project 5: Volunteering Development Programme
Develop initiatives to recruit new generations of volunteers and create new accommodation near to the railway.

Project 6: The Railway Apprenticeship Scheme
Build a railway apprenticeship scheme with training offered in Engineering, Countryside Worker and Railway Administration.

Project 7: Lineside Conservation Initiative
Place a new emphasis on the care and management of the lineside by improving the awareness of conservation issues.

How to donate:

  • Set up a regular payment by direct debit. That way your donation/s is transferred safely and securely direct to the ‘Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey’ appeal account each month.
  • Or make a one-off payment.