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.

Planning for the railway's future

In 2017 the railway celebrated the 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. But we need to continually make improvements to ensure that we can keep running for the benefit of future generations.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the European Union, our Local Enterprise Partnership and many kind supporters, we have already raised a majority of the £10 million we need to help secure the future of the railway.

We just have just one final push left to raise the remaining £300,000. With your support, we are delivering the following activities as part of the Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey project:

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.