Whilst the site is now open, the YWR is still very much a work in progress, as those that have visited us on more than one occasion since the opening at the end of May 2015 will agree. We are constantly evolving!
The visitor centre is open every Sunday and Bank Holiday from May until the end of October from 11am – 5pm. Cab rides in our locomotive “Sir Tatton Sykes” will run from 11pm – subject to availability. You can find our location and contact details by clicking here.
WHAT TO SEE
The Visitor Centre
Our visitor centre is set inside a genuine British Rail MK1 Full Brake coach. It lends itself perfectly to our needs as it never actually had any seats. During use, it was used to carry all the freight, large luggage and other items from the rest of the train. We have cosmetically restored and turned the coach in to our static visitor centre which gives a glimpse in to how the Malton and Driffield Junction Railway used to be. Lots of photographs from when the line was in use can be seen in here along with various artefacts and very descriptive information boards.
The coach is accessed by a platform from a small set of stairs. We are working on ways to give accessibility to the visitor centre to all, and once we have this we will update accordingly.
Next to the visitor centre is a carefully restored covered van that houses our small shop selling, among others, railway related gifts, along with tea and coffee.
Sir Tatton Sykes
Our locomotive, “Sir Tatton Sykes” is able to give cab rides along our 300ft demonstration line and is great fun! One of 3 originally built for the High Shotton Steel Works in the late 70’s, one has since been scrapped, one is on use on the Docklands Light Railway as a maintenance locomotive, and the other is now with us on the YWR. Ours last saw use at Lindholme Prison and “broke out” in April 2013.
The doorway to “Sir Tatton Skyes” is rather narrow and can only be accessed by a small set of stairs.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Access to the visitor centre and car park is free. Although donations are gratefully received! A ride in the cab is £1.50 per person or £5 for a family of 4. Great value! Members of the YWR can have a cab ride for free – so don’t forget to bring your membership card!
If you would like to know more about helping the YWR and get involved in working on East Yorkshires only heritage railway, please click here