We've teamed up with the amazing team at NYMR to create an immersive 360° tour of one of their most popular locomotives, LMS no. 5428 "Eric Treacy" and a carriage as well. Click on the play button, sit back and watch the walk-through tour of the train at Goathland station. Or for a more interactive experience, you can take control and move around yourself to explore at your own pace.
Meet LMS No. 5428 "Eric Treacy"
Built-in 1937 in Newcastle and designed by world-renowned engineer Sir William Stanier this beautiful LMS Class 5 known more commonly as a "Black Five" was preserved in 1967. It was only after 5428 entered preservation that it gained its name after prominent railway photographer and former Bishop of Wakefield, Eric Treacy. Eric Treacy entered service at NYMR in the early 1980s and has been a mainstay ever since.
Spotlight on NYMR
North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the region’s most beloved attractions and certainly one of Britain’s most famous heritage railways. With stations located along a beautiful stretch of the North York Moors National Park, the railway takes visitors on a journey through North England’s beautiful countryside. Travel from the coast of Whitby down to the beautiful market town of Pickering, stopping in between to see picturesque landscapes and lose yourself in nature or a great tea shop.
The heritage railway has been operating since 1973, but the line initially opened in 1836 as a means to transport goods and passengers through the moors from the port at Whitby. After being pulled by horses for almost a decade, the line was transformed into a steam-powered railway in 1845. At Grosmont, you can still walk along some of the original line down to the engine sheds via an ornate Horse Tunnel believed to have been engineered and built by George Stephenson himself.
There are daily services during the peak season from March to November, with special events and services taking place during winter. The heritage railway is still connected to the national rail network via Whitby and Grosmont.
A day trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Feeling inspired and want to go and see the real deal? You can get on the railway at five different stations, depending on the length of the route you'd like to travel and the NYMR timetable. Having visited last year, I'd recommend you make the most of your visit and plan to spend a whole day exploring the railway and some of the stations it calls at.
The railway offers both southbound and northbound services, starting in Whitby and Pickering respectively.
The train, therefore, calls at the following stations:
- Newtondale halt (request stop)
NYMR is well connected by rail and easy to reach from other parts of the country, too. There are regular train services taking visitors from London to York in under two hours, or to Darlington in 2 hours 22 minutes. From there, the train goes straight to Whitby via Middlesbrough. Alternatively, a bus service from outside York station can have you in Pickering within an hour.
Car parking is also available at Pickering, Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont stations, however, those spots are very popular on busy days, so it is advised to take public transport instead if you can.
Hollywood in North Yorkshire
From 'The Railway Children' to 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves' and numerous adaptions of 'Wuthering Heights', many films have been shot in North Yorkshire. North Yorkshire's mix of moors, woodlands, rivers and coasts have inspired creatives for centuries and provide the perfect backdrop for all kinds of stories.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway in film and TV
A popular film location, the railway has featured in many award-winning movies including Phantom Thread starring Daniel Day-Lewis. One of NYMR’s most magical features is Goathland Station, which doubled as Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film.
NYMR’s very own documentary ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’ was watched by more than 3.5 million last year. Series Two airs on Channel 5 on Friday 17 May, at 8 pm. Scheduled to run for six weeks, NYMR’s documentary will go behind the scenes meeting the staff and volunteers that keep the railway on track.
About the North York Moors
Located in the North East of England, the North York Moors National Park comprises over 550 square miles of heather moorland and rolling hills. Its beautiful coastline is speckled with villages nestled into the cliffs - Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes and Flamborough with their quaint little cottages and sandy beaches are amongst the most popular. Lying just outside the border of the national park but just as well worth a visit are the beautiful towns of Whitby, Scarborough and Saltburn-by-the-Sea.
While its outstanding nature is North Yorkshire’s biggest asset, there’s lots more activities and attractions to discover. From Whitby Abbey, the Whalebone Arch and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum to Staithes’ harbour and beach or Saltburn’s Cliff Tramway, there’s plenty to choose from when going on a trip to Yorkshire, no matter how long you have.
Getting there by train?
Simply enter your starting station and then either York, Grosmont or Whitby as your destination to search for train tickets.