Moorsline fires up for new season

BR standard Tank 80136 on the NYMR last autumn. Tickets are on sale now for the 2022 season. Charlotte Graham

Everything is on track for an action-packed season at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), running again from Monday, April 4 with daily services and a calendar of special events.

This year the NYMR is operating an end-to-end service between Pickering to Whitby, but can also accommodate shorter journeys from both Pickering and Whitby. Prices for a full line ticket start from £20.50 for children, £41 for adults and £84 for a family. All tickets are on sale now.

The Annual Steam Gala (September 22-25) is a chance to experience a range of iconic steam locomotives, along with traction engines and the much-loved annual beer festival. The Light Spectacular – an hour-long illuminated journey from Pickering to Levisham Station, with carriages adorned with 17,000 LEDs – is taking place on October 22-30, and the popular Santa Specials return on selected dates in December.

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The NYMR is ready to open for the new 2022 season. Charlotte Graham.

Laura Strangeway, director of corporate services at the NYMR, said: “After nearly two years of trials and tribulations we couldn’t be more excited to once again welcome visitors back for a season of special events, incredible journeys through the picturesque national park and memories that will last a lifetime.

“Over the upcoming months we are working behind the scenes and preparing for the 2022 season. Conversations with stakeholders including Pickering Town Council are due to take place over the upcoming weeks on how we can host a Railway in Wartime event in October. 

“The impact of the pandemic has led to a substantial drop in volunteer resources. Additionally, we are nervous about any future restrictions and managing large-scale events. More details will be released on our website over the next few months.

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“We still really encourage visitors to pre-book their tickets enabling them a guaranteed seat for both the outward and return journeys, and of course follow the latest Government guidelines, but this year will be so exciting – events are back, some walk-ups tickets are available and, thanks to the hard work and endless support from our volunteers and staff, the engines, stations, shops and tea rooms at the railway have never looked better and been more prepared to welcome everyone back. See you all in April!”

For more information about the heritage railway, or to book, visit the NYMR website.

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