6 Railway & trains days out

The following destinations are rail themed days out for any budding rail enthusiast!

Railway Conservation. Run by Volunteers. Not for profit.

Today the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust is a not-for profit charitable organisation run as part of the local community. Day to day operation is carried out by volunteers with railway operations and business experience. A core team of paid staff together with approximately 100 full time staff and 50 seasonal staff, plan and operate the train service and work steadily to improve the quality of the infrastructure, the railway vehicles and experience to our visitors travelling on the railway.

Every visitor that travels on the railway helps preserve one of the world's greatest railway experiences.

Saltburn Miniature Railway - (Family ticket £8 (5 people/6 journeys))

We officially start running at 1 pm however some crews will start a little earlier if everything is fully ready. Signs are placed at both Cat Nab and Forest Halt stations which state "Trains Running Today". If these signs are not out then you can assume that the days programme has been delayed or cancelled. This is mainly due to poor track conditions during or after inclement weather which makes operating the railway difficult.

Fares are payable either at our Ticket Office at Cat Nab station which is located next to the seafront car park or alternatively to the Conductor if you board the train at Forest Halt in the woods. We do not accept card payments. 

The length of the track is about 1km so allow around 15 - 20 minutes for the return journey. Trains are operated on an "as and when" basis and not to a strict timetable so some flexibility is required by passengers especially when our steam loco is in use.

Two wheelchairs can fit in our modified carriages but they can also be left securely at the Ticket Office if there is no room on board the train. If you need any help then please just ask a member of the Train Crew who are there to help you enjoy your journey.

National Railway Museum - York (free for anyone to visit)

Explore over 300 years of railway history, find out what it takes to be an engineer, and experience the thrill of steam first hand. Spark your little ones’ imaginations with our family-friendly science shows and storytelling, or let off steam in our indoor play area.

Delve even deeper with our Treasure Hunters app—explore the museum and investigate the amazing objects in our collection as you compete with your family and score points by taking photos.


Nestling in one of the most beautiful parts of Yorkshire, Bolton Abbey Station has been lovingly re-created by our volunteers in the original Midland Railway style of the 1800’s.  Platform 1 and the main station building were re-opened in 1998, and since then we have added an original Midland Railway signal box (in the location of the original) at the east end of platform 1.  From platform 1, you can see the next phase of our development with platform 2 and 3 being re-instated.  Our plans include additional station buildings and a footbridge to connect the platforms.


Car parking spaces are reserved close to both station buildings for ease of access. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets at both Embsay and Bolton Abbey stations.

On the normal service trains there is usually a specially converted Wheelchair Saloon, which can be easily accessed via a ramp – the Station Staff or the Guard will be happy to assist.

Due to their historic construction, the Stately Trains carriages do not have specific accommodation for wheelchairs. However, our Guards and Station staff will do their utmost to assist passengers with a disability to board.

North Bay Railway - Scarborough

The Great Day Out to be had at North Bay Railway Scarborough North Yorkshire

The North Bay Railway, Scarborough is one of the towns top tourist attractions. The locomotives, scenery and history of the railway all add up to make it a fantastic day out. Now more than just a railway bring your family to explore the SkyTrail, thrill on the historic waterchute, face the challenge of the waterballs or take things more leisurely on the boating lake

North Bay Railway is 100% dog friendly and dogs are welcome to travel on the train free of charge but we do ask you keep your dog on a short lead.

With the smallest pub in Yorkshire waiting to serve you the finest craft ales and refreshments who could ask for more. Now open everyday 10:30am – 5:30pm.

Scampi Shack serving the finest Whitby Seafoods products, now open daily 11am – 5:30pm.

Wensleydale Railway - Bedale / Layburn

The Wensleydale Railway is a tourist and heritage line starting at the County town of Northallerton to Redmire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing through the Georgian market town of Bedale and the Dales market town of Leyburn, with constantly changing scenery, from the arable lands of the Vale of Mowbray in the east to hills of the Yorkshire Dales in the west.

The line is a predominantly heritage diesel line, with  steam services operating over selected weekends, special events and the summer months. For further information please see the timetable page for days on which the steam service runs.