The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is one of the busiest visitor attractions in Yorkshire and with 350,000 passengers each year it carries more people than any other heritage steam railway. It’s also a hugely diverse organisation. The NYMR is required to run trains to the same high safety standards as the national system. It must plan, fund and undertake major engineering projects. It aims to provide a high standard of service for passengers and for users of its catering and accommodation businesses. It is an Accredited Museum and holds a significant historic archive, used by researchers. School children enjoy tailored learning services, there are fulfilling opportunities for volunteers, whilst the railway provides vital regional employment and economic benefits.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a preserved historic railway stretching for 18 miles through the heart of the North York Moors National Park, from Pickering via Levisham, Newton Dale and Goathland to Grosmont, with a further 6 mile extension over Network Rail’s Esk Valley line to Whitby and occasionally Battersby. It is the largest preserved heritage railway in the UK in terms of route mileage operated and passenger numbers.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a registered charity which aim is to provide a memorable experience for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering by: -

  1. Caring for operating and developing the railway we own from Pickering to Grosmont;
  2. Operating over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby;
  3. Focusing primarily on the operation of steam trains;
  4. Providing a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public; maximising opportunities for volunteers to become engaged;
  5. Providing attractive employment opportunities for local people.

Day to day operation is carried out by volunteers with railway operations and business experience. A core team of paid staff together with approximately 100 full time staff and 50 seasonal staff, plan and operate the train service and work steadily to improve the quality of the infrastructure, the railway vehicles and experience to our visitors travelling on the railway.