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.

The North York Moors Historical Railway Trust is a not for profit charitable organisation run as part of the local community. Day to day operation is carried out by a wholly owned trading subsidiary whose Directors include volunteers with railway operations and business experience. Volunteers, together with approximately 100 full time and 50 seasonal staff, plan and operate the train service and work steadily to improve the quality of the infrastructure, the railway vehicles and the experience offered to National Park visitors and travellers on the railway.

The NYMR is one of the busiest visitor attractions in Yorkshire and with 350,000 passengers each year, carrying more people than any other heritage steam railway.

The NYMR sponsorship packages range from large to small events and brand association in our operating season, so if you would like your brand associated with one of the world's greatest railways, we have a package for you.


Type of visitors: Go for it Families (0-12 yrs) 60% and Empty-Nest Adventurers (45+) 40%

Travelling from: Leeds, York, Sheffield, Newcastle, Hull and East Coast

Type of visit: 63% A day trip from home and 37% Overnight visit

78% Repeat Visits

Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey Appeal

The aim of Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey is to boost investment in the infrastructure and the activities of the railway to help ensure that it can continue to operate successfully for the next fifty years.

Specific elements will:

  • Renew and repair the worn-out iron bridges around Goathland, removing a threat to the NYMR’s continued operation (£2.67M).
  • Provide a Fuss-free access carriage in every train, with ramps, loos and seating to easily accommodate the needs of all passengers, whatever their mobility (£770k).
  • Construct a covered stable for up to 40 carriages at Pickering, reducing decay and easing maintenance of the irreplaceable carriage fleet (£4.16M).
  • Better serve school groups and families with a dedicated education carriage at Goathland, building on success at Pickering and providing interpretation so visitors get more from their visit to a perfect country station (£330k).
  • Create a new volunteer hostel at Grosmont, providing decent facilities to encourage new volunteers including families and young people (£450k).
  • Develop initiatives to recruit new generations of volunteers to the line (£170k).
  • Build a railway apprenticeship programme (£470k).
  • Place a new emphasis on the care and management of the 18 miles of lineside (£170k).

(The individual figures are approximate.)


Laura Strangeway, Head of Marketing, [email protected] | Tel: 01751 473799 ext. 249

Your support and generosity can help us achieve our goal, Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey!