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Group visits to North York Moors Railway up over 50%

North Yorkshire Moors Railway promotional image Credit: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway say their group visits are up by 56% this year.

They've been working on a new marketing strategy, including a new group specific advertising campaign.

One of the main reasons for the rise is thought to be the visit of the Flying Scotsman in March.

10 North Yorkshire Moors Railway Facts:

  • On the 26th May 2016 it will be 180 years since the Whitby to Pickering railway opened.
  • Over the past 10 years the railway has had over 262,000 group travellers.
  • 8,700 tiles cover Pickering Station roof. These were from Penrhyn Quarry in Wales, the same quarry from which the originals came. This was recently reinstated in 2010!
  • Over 43 years of operating our locomotives up and down the line equates to the same distance as a single journey from the Earth to the Moon.
  • 4,000 tonnes of ballast is ordered per year at the railway.
  • 100,000 sleepers are in use along the NYMR railway line.
  • 1,990 tonnes of coal is used per year – this is the railways biggest bill each year!
  • A Black Five locomotive weighs 95.5 tonnes. That’s 14 large male African elephants!
  • The railway travels underneath the Larpool Viaduct as it enters Whitby. Five million bricks were used to build it.
  • 216 million visits to Yorkshire are made every year, equivalent to the total number of visitors to Walt Disney Attraction Theme Parks worldwide.

“The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a perfect day out for all ages.

Riding behind a heritage locomotive is a great experience and since 60103 Flying Scotsman visited in March, interest in the steam era has definitely increased.

The railway is a great way to explore and see Yorkshire’s stunning scenery as you travel through the North York Moors national park.”

– Gerry Bacon, Group Travel Organiser,

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Man named after fatal accident on railway

Police at the scene of the incident at Grosmont Station Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A rail worker who died after being trapped between two trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has been named.

65 year old Bob Lund, from Beverley in East Yorkshire, became trapped between two carriages at Grosmont station yesterday. Paramedics were called but Mr Lund died at the scene.

Philip Benham, General Manager of the NYMR, said it happened during a routine shunting operation. An investigation is underway.

Heritage railway reopens after death

Heritage railway reopens after death Credit: ITV

Rail services have resumed at a train station where a man was killed yesterday afternoon (Monday). The 67 year old died after being trapped between two carriages at Grosmont Station in North Yorkshire. The volunteer, with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, hasn't yet been named.

Investigations continue into railway death

Man dies while working on heritage railway Credit: ITV

Investigations are continuing after a rail worker died after becoming trapped between two trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway near Whitby. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers say they don't believe there are any suspicious circumstances.

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