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Situated a few miles to the south west of Whitby the Pickering to Grosmont line covers about 18 miles through some spectacular scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors national park. "The line is owned by the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust who have run the line as a living museum since 1974" There are many different types of locomotive hauled passenger working both steam and diesel. With the occasional photographic freight charter or permanent way train.
Newtondale is a valley carved by a glacier during the ice age, and is roughly halfway between Grosmont and Pickering.
Railway type and traffic
The trains are mostly steam hauled, with occasional diesel turns and failure stand ins. There are numerous events and galas.
For more details see the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Newtondale is a moorland location - there are no problems with crime etc. and not many locals (other than the sheep). The weather can vary between extremes (and sometimes seasons!) in very short periods of time, so warm / waterproof clothing is advisable.
Newtondale is inaccessible by road; the easiest access is by footpath from Newtondale Halt on the NYMR, which is a request stop (inform the guard if you want to alight from the train). The easiest road access to the NYMR is at Grosmont and Pickering. There are a number of marked footpaths from Newtondale Halt; the images shown below are taken from the footpath running north from the Halt, at a location around 15 - 20 minutes walk from the Halt, where the line emerges from the conifer forest, plus there is a public footpath across the line (the location is next to Needle Point on the OS map).Click here to set up your location for directions to this location NYMR, Newtondale map co-ordinates
Parking is available at Grosmont, Goathland, Levisham and Pickering stations.
To reach the NYMR from the north, take the Middlesbrough - Whitby 'Esk Valley Line' service to Grosmont.
From the south, Pickering can be reached by buses from Malton / York.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
Bed and Breakfasts / rented accommodation are readily available in Pickering (several advertise in the Classified Ads in the railway press).
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NYMR, Newtondale general view map
NYMR, Newtondale close up map
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The line is relatively flat here, so southbound trains will not be working hard in comparison with the section of line between Grosmont and Goathland Summit. The normal locations for shots are looking North East (for southbound trains) and South East (for northbound trains) from the west side of the line in the afternoon. Northbound steam services are normally tender-first, plus the end of the locomotive will be in shadow. There are good video opportunities for panning shots.
Shots can also be taken from Newtondale Halt itself, although these will be 'head on' in both directions.
General views - All photographs © Nick Wise unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
Fig 2 - Looking south
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