North Yorkshire Moors Railway, UK: All you need to know

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, UK

Take a trip back in time on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, one of Britain’s most scenic railway routes. The train covers 24 miles through some of North Yorkshire’s most amazing scenery, with guests travelling behind heritage steam locomotives in historic carriages. Everything about this trip evokes nostalgia, from the grandeur of the Pullman carriages and thrill of being pulled by a steam locomotive, to the quaint station shops and afternoon teas served on board – not to mention the unspoiled countryside. Disembark for a seafood lunch in Whitby or combine with a stay in a railway camping coach, where up to five guests can stay in a carriage.

Prices from: £12 with a special one-year annual pass for £45
Departing from: Pickering or Whitby
Journey length: 1 hour, 50 mins

North Yorkshire Moors Railway route

The route runs from the ancient market town of Pickering to Whitby on the Yorkshire coast (famous for its delicious seafood).  The whole journey takes around 1 hour 50 mins and covers 24 miles making five stops in total along the route.  After Pickering the train pulls into Levisham Station, surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Moors, followed by Newtondale, a request stop nestled deep within the national park.

The charming village station of Goathland comes next (famous for playing Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter) and then Grosmont, home to the NYMR operating and engineering sheds.  Finally, the train pulls into coastal Whitby overlooked by the ruins of Whitby Abbey.  The train runs throughout the day every day from April until 5 November 2023.  The Santa Specials commence on 25 November and run every weekend until Christmas.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway trains

All NYMR trains ploughing this route are historical, dating from 1890 all the way to 1962 and rescued from former railway companies.  The railway is one of only a handful of heritage railways which can operate a genuine Pullman train with the famous umber & cream livery.  NYMR’s Pullman carriages boast polished teak interiors and have been used in the filming of Downton Abbey and Dad’s Army.  For an extra cost there’s the opportunity to enjoy lunch, afternoon tea or dinner on board the Pullman Dining Train or heritage saloon cars.

Why we love it

This is a journey steeped in nostalgia, from the gorgeous Pullman carriages to the rolling landscape of the stunning North Yorkshire Moors.  Special occasion?  We love that you can dine on board the train, or even request special touches like fine wines, flowers, champagne, chocolate or celebration cakes.  You can also charter a private carriage (for up to 18 people) perfect for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or wedding receptions. In 2023 the railway is also running a new annual ticket for just £45 giving you unlimited free travel for 12 months from the date of purchase.  Children also go free in 2023.

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