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North York Moors Railway

Posted on 11th March 2017 by CE Team

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One of the most popular and enjoyed attractions of the whole of North Yorkshire, the North York Moors Railway is a wonderful experience for travellers of all ages. The organisation is a small locally run not-for-profit and they do fantastic work, and have been doing so since 1967.

There are over 550 volunteers working on the North York Moors Railway ensuring it is a wonderful experience for all travellers and it is the chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of Yorkshire in a traditional and fascinating way. Once you hop aboard your train you will enjoy 24 miles of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside and your carriage will be travelling behind a genuine heritage steam locomotive.

As you travel you have the opportunity to take a step back in time and explore the different stations on the route which have been cleverly themed to represent different stages of history. The journey is exhilarating for all travellers of all ages and is a wonderful way of getting to know Yorkshire and its history. The original North York Moors Railway was planned by the famous engineer George Stephenson and operates in the same way as it did nearly 200 years a go.

The Many Attractions of the North York Moors Railway

As well as the train travel, there are other things to enjoy your journey. There is the opportunity to explore and even stay in their Railway Camping Coaches and there is the chance to enjoy an entirely unforgettable meal in the luxurious Pullman Dining Train. There are special attractions for younger guests too, with Peter’s Railway Young Engineers’ Centre providing plenty of fun and a new addition to the attraction is Live Webcam watching at Grosmont Station.

Another benefit of travelling aboard the North York Moors Railway is the contribution you’re making to the organisation. A ride on the train and the associated costs is another step in the preservation of the railway experience.

North York Moors Railway Route

Starting at Pickering Station, your North Yorks rail experience will take you north, through Levisham, Newtondale, Goathland, Grosmont and finally Whitby stations. Along the route there are plenty of opportunities to explore along the route. Some stations such as Levisham give you the chance to see the indigenous wildlife and countryside whereas others like Grosmont have a traditional station feel, with on-platform facilities and the chance to explore the ‘running shed.’

The North York Moors Railway route is one of the truest examples of traditional steam travel in the whole of the world. It’s a chance to celebrate a huge feat of engineering and enjoy the beauty of North Yorkshire.