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News release - Issued by North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway celebrates the best of Scotland with Branch Line

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) boasts the best of Scottish railway history during its Scottish Branch Line Gala weekends. From 6th – 8th May and 13th-15th May the popular heritage railway will play host to a number of steam and diesel locomotives, promising a great day out for families and rail enthusiasts alike.

There’s a special treat in store for visiting children as their crafting skills will not go unrewarded. Every child who presents their home-made shoebox train at Platform 2, Pickering Station, will receive a free children’s sticker activity* book when travelling on a train. For advice on how to get started, keep an eye on the attraction’s Facebook page, which will be sharing some how-to guide examples for making your own shoebox train!

*At the end of the Scottish Branch Line Gala, an overall young winner deemed to have made the best shoebox train will be rewarded with a £100 goody bag from the Station Shop including a family ticket for 2 adults & 4 children.

For the Gala weekends, the resident fleet will take on the identity of Scottish allocated steam locomotives. These will be supplemented by Scottish Region diesel locomotives. The normal timetable will be supplemented with passenger shuttles while there will also be freight train workings.

Additionally, Main Line will be represented with trains along the Esk Valley line to Battersby. This 24-mile line runs through stunning scenery and takes the passengers from Whitby to Battersby, stopping at Glaisdale, Danby and Castleton. To supplement the train service, the Motive Power Depot at Grosmont will feature lifting demonstrations using the 45 Ton steam crane on both Saturdays.

Besides all the on-track action, the stations will also be decked out in style. There will be exhibitions of model railway displays by Scarborough and District Railway Modellers, and there will be market stalls at Pickering Station. To finish off the Scottish theme, Scottish food and drinks will be available along the line.

This event is sure to offer a great opportunity for enthusiasts to tick a few sights off their lists.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the most historic lines in the North of England, taking visitors on picturesque journeys along an 24 mile railway line aboard steam and heritage diesel trains. The railway passes through stunning scenery, from wooded valleys to beautiful countryside, stopping at charming villages and spectacular seaside locations.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online, which will be charged at standard admission fares, please go to before your visit.

For regular news, updates and competitions, North Yorkshire Moors Railway is also on Facebook and Twitter.

*200 children’s sticker activity books will be available from Platform 2, Pickering Station, whilst stocks last. Redeemable with a valid travel ticket.

*Overall shoebox train winner will be notified by 20th May 2016.


For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555

Laura Quigley –PR Account Director:
Emma Portman –Account Executive:
Sam Wright – Junior Account Executive:

Notes for editors

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a non- profitable charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering.

• The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway we own from Pickering to Grosmont.
• Operating over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby.
• Provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
• Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages.
• The NYMR is a fully accredited museum.