Exciting Jubilee events at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Regal railways - NYMR Platinum Jubilee Locomotive 

Regal railways - NYMR Platinum Jubilee Locomotive - Credit: Charlotte Graham

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) will be celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a regal show fit for a royal welcome across the special long bank holiday weekend. 

Purple steam from a loco train for the jubilee

Wave a flag at NYMR Platinum Jubilee celebrations - Credit: Charlotte Graham

Visit the station tea rooms for a Jubilee treat with commemorative crown biscuits, delicious cakes, or for a right royal treat a sparkling cream tea from Pickering Station for you to enjoy onboard for your journey. Goathland and Grosmont tea rooms also have a Jubilee Cream Tea Sundae, made with clotted cream ice cream and fresh strawberries.    

Explore 24 miles of the enchanting heritage line to the seaside town of Whitby or Hop-on board our ‘Moors Explorer’ services and visit some of our period stations along the line. 

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And in York at the National Railway Museum visitors can share in the luxury of royal travel with royal-themed activities and a new exhibition to coincide with Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Families can learn about how the railways have changed during the Queen’s 70-year reign and can take part in hands-on activities and free talks from the museum’s learning team. Visitors can also see a new temporary exhibition called Royals on Rails. Here's how to take a bath on the royal train... 

Running from 27 May – 4 September 2022, the exhibition will feature a selection of unique objects from the collection with a royal connection. The exhibition also includes a specially commissioned film which explores the link between royal patronage and the development of the railways and gives visitors a glimpse inside the museum’s collection of royal carriages.

The conservation team clean Queen Elizabeth II's former carriage at the National Railway Museum in York

The conservation team clean Queen Elizabeth II's former carriage at the National Railway Museum in York - Credit: NRM

The six royal carriages on permanent display in Station Hall, include Queen Victoria’s grand 1869 saloon and one of Queen Elizabeth’s former carriages from the royal train.

Built during the Second World War, Queen Elizabeth’s carriage was designed to give maximum protection to its royal occupants. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth frequently travelled around the country to boost morale and to keep them safe on their journeys, the carriage was fitted with armour plating and shutters over the windows. Details of the carriage were kept secret until after the war.

From 1952, the carriage became the personal saloon of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, before being replaced in 1977, when it joined the museum collection.

Liv Mills, Exhibitions Project Manager, said:

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'The continued use of rail travel by the royal family marked a growing shift towards how we imagine the monarchy: visible, ceremonial and travelling in luxury. The new exhibition Royals on Rails will enable visitors to admire the exquisite royal carriages and to take a glimpse inside the rooms in which royal duties were conducted.'

The big royal clean up at National Railway Museum in York 

The big royal train clean up at National Railway Museum in York - Credit: NRM

On Wednesday 1 June, visitors will also be able to see conservation in action as the museum’s conservation team carry out work on the royal carriages, with experts on hand to answer questions from the public.