A railway, no matter its size is constantly evolving and the YWR is no different. We work very hard all the year round to try to bring something for all ages to see and enjoy – be this a train ride, or a step back through time in our visitor centre.

More visitor information

Where are we located?

The YWR is located just outside Wetwang off the A166 York to Driffield Road.For full contact details and a directional map, please click here

Opening times

The YWR will be running trains* and opening the visitor centre every Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter until the end of October, and every Wednesday during school holidays from 10 – 4.

The visitor centre only will be open every Wednesday from Easter until the end of October from 10 – 4.

Visit us and enjoy a train ride, see the ongoing restoration works, spend time in the visitor centre, or visit our shop for tea and
coffee.

We look forward to welcoming you!

We also run events outside these times, and you can find out about those on our events page by clicking here.

*All trains run subject to availability

How much does it cost?

Access to the visitor centre and car park is free. Although donations are gratefully received!

A train ride is £5 per person or £12.50 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children. Great value!

We also offer an day pass for £10 per person and a family day pass for £20.

All family tickets have been held at 2023 prices!

Members of the YWR can have a ride for free each time they visit – so don’t forget to bring your membership card!

What is there 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 pull train rides along our almost 1/4mile railway 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.

Sir Tatton Sykes (formally known as Eddie) last saw use at Lindholme Prison and “broke out” in April 2013.

The doorway to “Sir Tatton Sykes” is rather narrow and can only be accessed by a small set of stairs.

The Brake Van

Our brake van was built in 1961 and the YWR took delivery on 01 August 2018 – Yorkshire Day! It has since undergone a full restoration to bring it back into service giving brake van rides.

Access to the brake van is by a step from the platform and we are looking at ways to make this more accessible.

You can learn more about our other rolling stock by clicking here.

Are dogs allowed on site?

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on site, in the visitor centre, and able to travel in the brake van when operating.

Due to its small size, sadly dogs are not able to travel in cab of the locomotive.

Driver Experience

Are you over 18?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive an actual locomotive?

The YWR is delighted to be able to give you the opportunity to do just that! Under the supervision of one of our friendly drivers, and after a little training, you will be handed the controls of our locomotive “Sir Tatton Sykes” for a drive up and down our line – twice!

Due to the nature of this experience, all driver experiences need to be pre-booked by purchasing a ticket in advance. For the 2024 season, driver experiences will be run on 18 May, 15 June, 20 July, 17 August and 21 September. Your experience will last approximately 25 minutes. 

The 2024 experiences will be closed from 21 September. Purchases after this date will be processed for the 2025 season once the experience dates are known.

To book this experience please use the button below and once we receive notification of your purchase, we will contact you to arrange a mutually agreeable time for your experience to proceed.

Book A Driver EXPERIENCE HERE

All train rides, and Driver Experiences are subject to availability.