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The NYMR first opened in 1836 as the horse-drawn Whitby and Pickering Railway.  In 1845, the railway was acquired by the York and North Midland Railway who re-engineered the line to allow the use of steam locomotives. They also constructed the permanent stations and other structures along the line which still remain today.  They also added the line south from Pickering, providing a connection to York and London.  In 1854 the York and North Midland Railway became part of the North Eastern Railway.

In 1923 the North Eastern Railway was absorbed into the London and North Eastern Railway as a result of the Railways Act 1921. In 1948 nationalisation meant that British Railways took control.  During this time, little changed on the line. However, the Beeching Report of 1963 deemed the Whitby-Pickering line to be uneconomic, and it was listed for closure.  The last passenger service ran on 6 March 1965 with freight continuing until July 1966. 

In 1967, the NYMR Preservation Society was formed, and negotiations began for the purchase of the line.  After running various Open Weekends and Steam Galas during the early 1970s the NYMRPS transformed itself into a Charitable Trust, becoming The North York Moors Historical Railway Trust Ltd.  Purchase of the line was completed and the necessary Light Railway Order obtained.  The railway was able to reopen for running in 1973 as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, with much of the traction provided by the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group.  The preserved line is now a significant tourist attraction and has been awarded many industry accolades.

These photographs were taken on 22nd August 2013.


The front of Whitby Station which is also served by Northern Rail services.


Inside Whitby Station.  The one operating platform is for Northern Rail DMU services,
as well as for steam trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
In 2013 it was announced that a second platform will be brought into use at Whitby.


Locomotive 75029 "Green Knight".  This is ex-BR standard class 4MT 4-6-0, built at Swindon in 1954.


75029 and train waiting to enter Grosmont Station.  


Grosmont Station.  The tangerine totem follows the colours used by British Railways North East Region.
The line curving off is the Northern Rail route to Middlesbrough, which served by DMUs.


Goathland Station, viewed from the footbridge.


Goathland Station with vintage LNER passenger coach.


45428 arrives at Goathland.  This locomotive is a 4-6-0 built by Armstrong Whitworth in 1937 for the LMS.


Goathland Station with vintage LNER observation coach.


The exterior of Goathland Station.


Goathland Station platforms, looking south.


Goathland Station platforms, looking north. The footbridge is a Grade II listed structure.
It was constructed about 1900, and restored in 1986.  It is made of cast iron with timber steps and decking. 


Looking south from Goathland Station.


45428 arriving back at Goathland.  This locomotive is a 4-6-0 built by Armstrong Whitworth in 1937 for the LMS.


Running coal box first, 45428 is arriving at Goathland with a Whitby train.


Locomotive 61002 arriving at Grosmont with a Pickering train.
In fact, this loco is number 61264 disguised as 61002 for the NYMR 40th anniversary gala.
61264 is a 4-6-0 built in 1947 by the North British Locomotive Company for LNER, preserved in 1967.


Locomotive 75029 "Green Knight" is heading the train bound for Whitby.


Locomotive 75029 "Green Knight" has arrived back at Whitby.





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