Heritage attraction steaming ahead for re-opening next month

A popular attraction, North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), has announced its 2021 season and will open its line and stations from Saturday 15 May.

The railway will be operating two trains to Whitby every day, as well as an intermediate service between Pickering and Grosmont.

The railway is planning to operate with Covid-19 mitigations, until the summer holidays, with pre-booked end to end services with a set departure and return time.

Its intermediate service, between Pickering and Grosmont, will enable passengers the opportunity to hop-on and hop-off and explore Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont stations.

Daily services will go on sale to the public from 26 April. Anyone who had previously pre-booked for 2020 will be able to re-book from 19 April.

All services will be released as a staggered approach, in line with Government guidance and all passengers aged 16 years plus, unless exempt, will be required to Track & Trace, adhere to social distancing and wear a face covering.

Chris Price, general manager, said: “It was a huge relief when the Government announced its roadmap, which now enables the railway to plan and prepare for when it can reopen.

“It will be great to see the staff and volunteers preparing the engines, stations, shops and tea rooms, ready to welcome passengers once more.”

Services will be operating Thursday to Sunday every week, throughout the season. Pullman services will begin operating from 20 May and will be able to be booked online from 19 April.

In light of current Government advice, the railway says it has made the “difficult” decision to cancel several of its planned 2021 Special Events.

However, it is still planning to run its Annual Steam Gala from 22 to 26 September and its Christmas Santa Specials (Pickering & Grosmont) on select dates in December from Grosmont and Pickering Stations.