Full steam ahead!
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will be firing up its engines and inviting passengers aboard once more when it finally opens for the 2020 season, on Yorkshire Day (1st August).
Steam journeys will be running seven days per week, with four departures daily.
Tickets must be pre-booked for a specific time slot before visiting, and will be released in waves, with tickets to visit from 1st to 14th August being available to purchase online from 1st July for current NYMR members, then 6th July to the wider public.
Social distancing will be in place
In order to adhere to guidelines set out by the Government, operations will be different to previous years. Visitors are able to book a Compartment (max six persons), a Family ticket table of four, or a Duo ticket table for two people. This will ensure social distancing measures continue to be adhered to for guests in each carriage.
Each train carriage will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised before welcoming its next set of visitors. Onboard toilets will not be in use for the time being. Platform toilets will be available.
All stations will remain closed, except to pre-booked guests. A controlled one-way passenger walkway system will be in place,and there will be a number of hand-sanitising points throughout the railway. All guests will arrive through their designated car park, where clear signage and a volunteer welcome team will direct them to the platform ready to enjoy a scenic trip through North York Moors National Park.
A limited selection of drinks and snacks will be available to purchase from the tea shop at Grosmont station.
Like many tourist attractions, NYMR had originally planned to open early April. A crisis appeal, that has so far raised £350,000, has helped to keep the heritage attraction on track.
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