The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, carrying upwards of 200,000 passengers
a year, is one of the most scenic and well-travelled steam lines of its
type. Linking Grosmont and Pickering, it follows the route of the 19th
century line that gave Whitby reliable access to the outside world for
the first time.
The most popular half of the line, siting 500 feet above sea level, is
understandably Goathland, thanks to its ‘Heartbeat’ associations. All
the signs, lamps and features are original, except for the footbridge
which was installed in the last ten years. Goathland has its own signal
box and is one of the few stations on this line with two tracks. This
provision allows trains coming in either direction to pass each other.
In Goathland village itself, the popularity of Heartbeat is evident in
some of the shops, although its history extends back to Viking times,
and plenty of curiosities remain. The most obvious of these is the tame
black-faced sheep that graze the village common and surrounding moorland.
The owners of these sheep hold common right, just as their predecessors
have done for hundreds of years. Between 1890 and 1941 the common land
in the village was used as a golf course, first 6 holes and later of 9,
with some of the drives crossing village roads.
Goathland and the railway is featured on our 55-minute video Picture Postcard
Yorkshire, and can be purchased on line. Click
here to find out more.
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