The star of Channel 5’s ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway’, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the most popular heritage railways in the country and also one of the longest, travelling through some glorious scenery in a truly authentic recreation of the golden age of steam. We take the train as far as Grosmont and continue to Whitby, where we visit the town’s newest attraction, a full-size replica of Captain James Cook’s bark Endeavour.

Our other two steam train experiences are on the Wensleydale Railway, which takes us from Leeming Bar to the terminus at Redmire and back, a round trip of about two and a half hours, full of the evocative sights and sounds of the steam age, and on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, which packs a lot into its relatively short length and is in constant demand as a film and TV location thanks to its wealth of period detail. We conclude with a pilgrimage to the National Railway Museum in York, a mecca for all rail enthusiasts with its unrivalled collection of locomotives, coaches and countless other pieces of railway memorabilia.

Departure Point and Time: Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York at 13:00

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  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary

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Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £150

Tour highlights:

  • Evocative steam hauled trip on the Wensleydale Railway
  • Steaming across the North Yorkshire Moors
  • Visit to Whitby and the replica ship Endeavour
  • Chuffing loudly up the gradient out of Keighley, bound for the Brontë Parsonage
  • Close encounters of the locomotive kind at the National Railway Museum

Tour details

Dates 2 October 2022 - 5 October 2022
Duration 4 days
Today's Price
Deposit: £100 Single supplement: £150 Balance due by 10 July 2022
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Tour code BSTY221002
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2 October 2022: Itinerary

Travel independently to York, which is easily accessible by rail from throughout the UK.

We depart by coach from our pick-up point close to York Station and travel north to Leeming Bar, the starting point for our nostalgic journey on the Wensleydale Railway. One of the more recently founded heritage railways, the Wensleydale began operating in 1996 in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence, who still run military transport trains over this former branch line. Our train of vintage carriages, normally hauled by a steam engine, will take us from Leeming Bar to the terminus at Redmire and back, a round trip of about two and a half hours, full of the evocative sights and sounds of the steam age.

We continue by coach to our comfortable hotel in Harrogate.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Following breakfast we will transfer to Pickering where we will enjoy a one-way trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, as featured on Channel 5’s TV series The Yorkshire Steam Railway. The NYMR was first opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railway, having been planned in 1831 by George Stephenson as a means of opening up trade routes inland from the then important seaport of Whitby. The initial railway was designed and built to be used by horse-drawn carriages. The line closed in 1965 and was reopened in 1973 by the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust and today offers one of the most authentic steam rail journeys in the country.

We will leave the train at Grosmont and continue by coach to the pretty harbour town of Whitby, famous for its association with Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. We will enjoy some free time here for lunch (not included) before visiting Whitby’s newest attraction, a full-size replica of Captain James Cook’s bark Endeavour. The original ship was built here in Whitby and launched in 1764 as the merchant ship Earl of Pembroke, before being purchased by the Admiralty in 1768, when she was re-fitted and re-named before her famous voyage of discovery to the Antipodes. Exhibits on board include the Captain’s Cabin, the Capstan and Ship’s Wheel, Nautical Knots, Looking into the Stars and Botanical Bounty.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we depart for Keighley, the starting point for our journey on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, one of Britain’s premier heritage railways, which packs a lot into its relatively short five-mile length. It is a very popular location for period dramas with scores of TV and film credits, most notably the 1970 classic The Railway Children and more recently the BBC’s Peaky Blinders. The steep gradient out of Keighley has been a challenge for locomotives ever since the line opened on 15th April 1867. The sound of a steam locomotive tackling this climb echoes from the steep sides of the valley, while great clouds of steam add drama to the scene. We travel the length of the branch to the terminus at Oxenhope then return as far as Haworth.

Here we will alight and to avoid an uphill walk our coach will be waiting to transfer us to the Brontë Paronage Museum. Set in the modest parsonage where the Brontës lived in the mid-nineteenth century, the museum tells the story of how sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne came to write some of the most powerful and dramatic novels in the English language. 

Following our visit we will complete the train journey back to Keighley and return to Harrogate where the rest of the afternoon will be free to explore this genteel spa town.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we return to York where the morning is free to shop and sightsee at leisure, though many of us will wish to visit the National Railway Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of railway memorabilia from tickets and posters to giant locomotives. Among these are the world’s fastest steam engine Mallard, the exquisitely streamlined Duchess of Hamilton, a replica of George Stephenson’s pioneering Rocket, Queen Victoria’s royal carriage and the only bullet train to be found outside Japan. Just as fascinating as the rolling stock are the smaller items connected with the working of a railway, from signage to signalling equipment and there is an entire hall filled with such railwayana. Look out too for the large-scale model railway and the workshop, where there is usually a locomotive from the NRM’s extensive collection receiving attention. (Admission is free though donations are welcome.)

Depart independently for home.

Meals include: Breakfast

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