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 cab ride in our locomotive “Sir Tatton Sykes”, or a step back through time in our visitor centre.

More visitor information

Opening times

During 2018, the YWR will be open every Sunday and Bank Holiday from 1 April until the 28 October from 11am – 5pm. Cab rides in our locomotive “Sir Tatton Sykes” will run from 11am – subject to availability.

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!

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 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.

We like to think we offer something rather special in that as we currently have no rolling stock, passengers have to ride with the driver in the cab!

Driver for Fiver

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!

Priced at only £5, under the supervision of one of our 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 demonstration line.

Due to the nature of this experience, all driver experiences need to be pre-booked by purchasing a ticket in advance.

To do this, 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 Driver for a fiver here