North Yorkshire Moors Railway celebrates the best of Scotland with branch line gala 

26 April 2016

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) boasts the best of Scottish railway history during its Scottish Branch Line Gala.

From 6th– 8th May and 13th-15th May the popular heritage railway will play host to a number of steam and diesel locomotives, promising a great day out for families and rail enthusiasts alike.

There’s a special treat in store for visiting children as their crafting skills will not go unrewarded. Every child who presents their home-made shoebox train at Platform 2, Pickering Station, will receive a free children’s sticker activity* book when travelling on a train. For advice on how to get started, keep an eye on the attraction’s Facebook page, which will be sharing some how-to guide examples for making your own shoebox train!

200 children’s sticker activity books will be available from Platform 2, Pickering Station, whilst stocks last. Redeemable with a valid travel ticket.

At the end of the Scottish Branch Line Gala event (overall shoebox train winner will be notified by 20 May 2016), an overall young winner deemed to have made the best shoebox train will be rewarded with a £100 goody bag from the Station Shop including a family ticket for two adults and four children.


For the Gala weekends, the resident fleet will take on the identity of Scottish allocated steam locomotives.  These will be supplemented by Scottish Region diesel locomotives. The normal timetable will be supplemented with passenger shuttles while there will also be freight train workings.

Additionally, Main Line will be represented with trains along the Esk Valley line to Battersby. This 24-mile line runs through stunning scenery and takes the passengers from Whitby to Battersby, stopping at Glaisdale, Danby and Castleton. To supplement the train service, the Motive Power Depot at Grosmont will feature lifting demonstrations using the 45 Ton steam crane on both Saturdays.

Besides all the on-track action, the stations will also be decked out in style. There will be exhibitions of model railway displays by Scarborough and District Railway Modellers, and there will be market stalls at Pickering Station. To finish off the Scottish theme, Scottish food and drinks will be available along the line.

This event is sure to offer a great opportunity for enthusiasts to tick a few sights off their lists.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the most historic lines in the North of England, taking visitors on picturesque journeys along an 24 mile railway line aboard steam and heritage diesel trains. The railway passes through stunning scenery, from wooded valleys to beautiful countryside, stopping at charming villages and spectacular seaside locations.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online, which will be charged at standard admission fares, please go to before your visit.

For regular news, updates and competitions, North Yorkshire Moors Railway is also on Facebook  and Twitter @nymr


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