King Charles joins 50 years celebrations at North Yorkshire Moors Railway June 12, 2023

The locomotive Flying Scotsman on an earlier trip in YorkshireGrosmont Station was the start of the royal journey along the line.His Majesty King Charles III made a surprise visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on Monday June 12, with the famous locomotive Flying Scotsman hauling the Royal Train.

With the line otherwise "Closed for Event/filming", the Royal Train was hauled from Grosmont to Pickering behind the locomotive, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

At Pickering, the King unveiled a plaque and was greeted by local schoolchildren.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the longest of Yorkshire's heritage steam railway journeys, marked the 50th anniversary of its passenger services in April and also celebrates at a steam gala in September.

The Flying Scotsman, visiting the line, was built in Doncaster in 1923 for the London North Eastern Railway. Since 2004, it has been owned by the York-based National Railway Museum, where it was restored between 2006 and 2016.

The first North Yorkshire Moors Railway public services between Grosmont and Pickering started on April 22, 1973, on the reopened line.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway offers journeys every day until November 5 all the way from Pickering through the North York Moors to Whitby at the seaside using the 18 miles of heritage line to Grosmont and a further 6 miles of the railway network shared with Northern's Middlesbrough to Whitby diesel services.

The railway will be bringing its own heritage diesels into action for many passengers on hot days this summer to avoid the risks of fire to the surrounding moors sometimes caused by sparks from steam trains.

You can find out more about the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Yorkshire's other historic railways through our Heritage railways page with details of some of the great railway journeys which can be made. There are also some very special locomotives and trains at the UK’s largest railway museum, The National Railway Museum, in York.

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