Yorkshire has some of the best steam and heritage railways in the country, offering a great day out for families and steam train enthusiasts.
Steam railways include the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, made famous as Hogsmeade Station from the first Harry Potter film and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, which was the setting for the classic film The Railway Children.
On this page we profile the best of Yorkshire’s steam railways and heritage lines to ensure you enjoy a great day out.
ELSECAR HERITAGE RAILWAY
Elsecar Heritage Railway, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HJ Tel: (01226) 746746 www.elsecarrailway.co.uk
Based at Elsecar, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, the Elsecar Heritage Railway is run by a group of volunteers committed to the preservation, restoration and expansion of this small, preserved railway line. The group hopes to extend the railway from its current base at Elsecar, a further mile along the former colliery branch, to the Cortonwood Retail Park. The railway would then provide a service for tourists and shoppers alike, taking shoppers to and from the park in rolling stock pulled by heritage steam or diesel locomotives.
EMBSAY AND BOLTON ABBEY STEAM RAILWAY
Embsay Station, Embsay, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AX
Tel: (01756) 710614 www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk
This steam railway runs 4.5 miles from Embsay station to Bolton Abbey. Many family events are held here and it is well equipped with gift shop, cafe and picnic area. Opening Times: Every Sunday throughout the year and up to five days a week in the summer. Admission: Please ring for accurate details. Parking, refreshments, public toilets and facilities for the disabled available. Dogs on leads alllowed.
FELLSMAN STEAM TRAIN
Departing: Lancaster, Preston, Bamber Bridge, Blackburn, Clitheroe, Long Preston (near Settle)
Tel: 0845 310 2458 or 2489 Web: www.statesmanrail.com
Every Wednesday in high summer take a scenic return journey by steam train over the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, including the great arched viaduct at Ribblehead. There is an afternoon break in Carlisle for sightseeing and an optional off train tour is available by vintage road coach through the Lake District with a cruise on Ullswater. Seats are available in Standard class, First class & Premier dining and prices start from just £69.
‘The Fellsman’ is featured in the new series of ITV’s ‘The Dales’ and BBC TV’s ‘Great British Railway Journeys’.
KEIGHLEY AND WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY
The Station, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 8NJ
Tel: (01535) 645214 (office) or (01535) 647777 (24hr info line) www.kwvr.co.uk
Made famous as the line in the classic film ‘The Railway Children’, steam trains run through the heart of Brontë country to Haworth and Oakworth. Opening Times: Every weekend of the year and Monday-Friday in all major holidays. Admission: Please telephone for accurate details, Concessions and party rates on application. Parking, refreshment, public toilets and facilities for the disabled available. Dogs on leads allowed.
KIRKLEES LIGHT RAILWAY
Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ. Tel: (01484) 865727
This half size steam train runs through the South Pennines near to mill shops and ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ country. Opening Times: Open every weekend through the year and every day in the summer and most school holidays. Admission: Please telephone for accurate details. Parking, refreshments, public toilets and facilities for the disabled available. Dogs on leads allowed.
Tel: 0845 6801758
NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
Leeman Road, York.
Tel: (01904) 621261 www.nrm.org.uk
Experience the railway revolution and observe a comprehensive collection of engines, royal carriages and trains. Opening Times: 10am to 6pm Seven days a week. Closed 24, 25 and 26 December. Free admission except for certain special events when charges may apply (see NRM website). Parking, Refreshments, Public toilets and Facilities for the disabled available. Guide dogs only allowed.
NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY
Pickering Station, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ
Tel: (01751) 472508 or (01751) 473535 (24 hour info line) www.nymr.co.uk
This 18 mile steam ride passes through spectacular scenery and idyllic stations; Goathland for example is Hogsmeade Station from the first Harry Potter film and “Aidensfield” In the ITV series Heartbeat. Opening Times: Daily service 20 March – 1 November. Admission: Please telephone for accurate information. Parking, refreshments, and public toilets available. Dogs on leads allowed.
The 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. Emerging onto the side of Dentdale, the line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle.
Leeming Bar Station, Leases Rd, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 9AR. Tel: 01677 425805. www.wensleydalerail.com
The line now serves Leeming Bar, Bedale , Finghall Lane, Leyburn and Redmire, a distance of 16 miles. In 2013 it is hoped to open the line to a new station at Northallerton West, and Scruton will also open as the first intermediate stop on this section. The passenger services will then run for 22 miles. In the longer term, it is intended to rebuild the line west of Redmire to Castle Bolton, Aysgarth, Hawes and eventually Garsdale on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The Railway is run largely by volunteers, supported by a small paid staff, and you can help by becoming a member of the Wensleydale Railway Association.
The information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of compilation. Dalesman cannot be held responsible for any errors or changes. Contact numbers are given where known so that details can be checked before embarking on any journey.