North Yorkshire Moors Railway announces events for Heritage Open Days

As part of this year’s Heritage Open Days next month, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is offering free access to parts of the railway that are normally closed to the public.

The heritage open days take place this year from September 9 to 18. It celebrates England’s rich history, culture, invention, industry and innovation through a national series of free events in venues not normally open to the public.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway events are particularly interesting and include:

Signal box demonstrations in Pickering on September 10 and 17

  • Visitors can learn about the history of communication and signaling in the Signal Box on Platform 2 at Pickering Station. Education volunteers from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway will explain the operation of the signal box and allow visitors to try operating the signal levers themselves.

History of the Rail Line by Ron Pickering in Pickering September 9-14

  • This is a one hour presentation and question and answer session that will explain the history of the original Whitby to Pickering railway line and the beginning of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Tour of the Carriage Care Facility in Pickering on September 10, 16 and 18

  • The new £4million Trout Farm Transport Care Center in Pickering is part of Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. A one-hour tour will allow visitors to see how the North Yorkshire Moors Railway takes care of its heritage carriages, from routine maintenance to servicing and inspections.
NYMR Trout Farm Carriage Shed // Credit: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Visit of the Motive Power Depot in Grosmont on September 10 and 11

Visitors can take a 15-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the railway’s operations center. You will have the opportunity to tour the restoration workshop and boiler room, with plenty of opportunities to photograph the locomotives and the work in progress to restore and maintain the railway’s historic fleet.

Lucie in the Grosmont sheds // Credit: North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Grosmont shed // Credit: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Lineside conservation activity at Grosmont on September 11 and at Levisham on September 19.

  • The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has over 36 miles of lines (18 miles each side of the tracks) which cover approximately 170 acres. These events will allow visitors to meet the railroad conservation volunteers and learn about the important habitats surrounding the railroad and the projects taking place along the railroad.
Levisham Station // Credit: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Visiting the NLHF Atkins Building Tour in Pickering on September 11, 12, 14, 15 and 18

  • The NLHF Atkins Building at Pickering Station is home to the London & North Eastern Railway Coach Association (LNERCA) detail carriage restoration team where NYMR volunteers operate and lovingly restore former LNER heritage carriages which are used on the railroad. Visitors can take a 20-30 minute guided tour to see the work in progress.

Chris Price, Managing Director of NYMR, said: “We are particularly excited about this year’s theme of ‘Amazing Inventions’, as it couldn’t be more perfect for us at NYMR, and what we’re trying to achieve. by educating our visitors about the past and the importance of heritage railways and preserving this precious legacy for future generations; after all, where would we be without steam trains?

Further event information and booking details are available online at

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