Registered Charity No. 1073653

York Area Group mainly comprises NYMR members who live in the York area but not exclusively. It is run by its trustees who are unpaid volunteers and it has no employees.

For more information about the NYMR, including Tickets & Timetable, Pullman Dining, Events, Locomotives, Webcam and Jobs, see the

We have financed the purchase of various vehicles for the NYMR - details on our

We also have links with other associated York area Heritage Organisations: -

Some items are for sale on eBay, e.g. Moors-Line Magazine Back-Issues & Binders, NYMR Badges:

We also have a stock of new Railway Guard's Carriage T-Keys at £5.50 each incl. postage; also NYMR Wheel Logo Uniform Brass Buttons (large £2.75 & small £2.45 inc. postage). Please use the Contact Us Page to enquire.


Meetings are open to the general public.You can become a Group Member for the very reasonable cost of only £3.00 per annum, although an additional donation will always be most welcome:

York Area Group Meetings are held at St. Lawrence's Church Hall, Lawrence Street, York, YO10 3WP, in Autumn/Winter/Spring. Car parking is available to the rear, accessed via the driveway on the left hand side.

A buffet lunch is kindly provided by the Church, for which a voluntary donation is suggested. Also, there is a raffle, drawn in the interval, for books generally on a railway or related subject, the cost being £1 for 5 tickets.

York Area Group visit Yorkshire Wolds Railway

Wednesday 19th June 2024 saw a small group of York Area Group members enjoy a mid-summer evening visit to the Yorkshire Wolds Railway at Fimber Halt. Trips up the line took place using their BR 20Ton Brake Van B955043, built in 1961 at Ashford Wagon Works in Kent. It was hauled by a GEC Traction 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic 5576 built for Shotton Steel Works in 1979 and named ‘Sir Tatton Sykes’ on 25.05.15. The ex-Hull and Barnsley Railway, Spotbrough signal box is in the process of being rebuilt and is planned to be opened on 1st September 2024. An interesting and comprehensive museum is in their BR Mk1 BG Full Brake 92990 (81305) built in 1957 by Pressed Steel of Glasgow. Their most recent acquisitions are the seven wagons of the Farwath Area Rolling Stock Team, transferred from Levisham on the NYMR. The evening was rounded off with fish or pie and chips from Wetwang; its station site is the ultimate destination for the Yorkshire Wolds Railway. – David Rice.

Monday 29th April 2024 – The 82nd Anniversary of the ‘Baedeker Air Raid’ targeting York Station and its infrastructure. Two railway persons were killed that night, William Millner, Station Foreman and Robert W Smith, Railway Policeman. Wreaths were laid on the memorial on platform 3 at York station and poppies placed on the memorial plaque outside the station. LNER had kindly sponsored a headstone to the then unmarked grave of Robert Smith in York Cemetery where a service of remembrance was held. Ken Cooke, York’s last remaining D-Day veteran and David Horne, General Manager of LNER stand either side of the newly placed headstone.

April 20th 2024: After a prolonged stay of about 5 years in New Bridge Shed due to Covid and various supplier delays, 40T WELTROL 230908 finally emerged into the daylight.

New North end coil springs, replacement transverse rails, new brass sheet cover to centre casting, new lubrication system to centre casting, new handbrake beam machined at MPD, new brake block support shaft ends and a full repaint.

Photo: Nick Carter

Hornby 1:76 scale Rowntree & Co (R3895)

R & H 88DS, meets 1:1 scale Locomotive.



Thursday 11th April 2024 saw Nick Beilby, Chairman of the York Area Group of the NYMR welcomed friends and special guests to Murton Halt, the home of the Derwent Valley Light Railway.


The occasion was two-fold as Hornby Representative Andy Singh was here to present Glynnis and Tony Frith owners of the 1:1 scale 1960 built Ruston & Hornsby 4wDM 88DS No.441934 Rowntree No.3 with a Hornby 00 gauge working model of their engine, complete with a special plinth.


Also receiving a model replica from Hornby was Ken Cooke whose name the engine carries. Private Ken Cooke of the 7th Battalion the Green Howards aged 98 is York’s sole surviving Normandy Veteran who, at just 18 years old, stormed Gold Beach on the morning of the 6th June 1944 in the first wave of landings of D-Day.


Also in attendance was the City of York’s Lord Mayor, Reverend Councillor Chris Cullwick, The Lady Mayoress Mrs Joy Cullwick and Sue Hunter the Sheriff of York. At the end of the preceding’s the Lord Mayor, presented Ken with the special headboard to which Ken instinctively held above his head and said, “What else do you do with a headboard”. – Text & photos (below) David Rice.

On Saturday, February 24th, we held our Annual Model Railway Show at St Lawrence's Church Hall. The day was a great success and well attended by a cross section of the public and importantly a good number of young people. That isn’t to say that we cannot improve on some things and the committee will work on this for our next show. We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor Rev’d. Chris Cullwick and Lady Mayoress Joy Cullwick who clearly enjoyed themselves and spent a long time talking to exhibitors and visitors.

We enjoyed a wide range of layouts and displays and are grateful to our friends for providing them.

The day was made even more special by the presence of the remaining York Normandy Veteran Ken Cooke (98) who stayed for three hours and had to be prised away, so much was he enjoying himself.

I would like to pay particular thanks to those members who gave their time the previous day and on the day to set up, man the stalls and reception, generally help and come along and support the day. It is greatly appreciated.

The Buffet Car was staffed by the Ladies of St Lawrence Val Beilby and Lesley Buckley and most ably assisted by Chief Steward David Rice. The food and drink was enjoyed by all and hopefully we can make a donation to the Church.

The reward for a long day was seeing the many happy faces of our visitors and exhibitors.

Nick Beilby, YAG Chairman.

Photos: David Rice.

At the Derwent Valley Light Railway, the extensive restoration and overhaul of our former War Department Drewry diesel shunter continues with impressive progress achieved. The old badly corroded cab was transported away to DG Sheet Metal Services at Leeds, as a template for a new one to be fabricated.The shunter is on loan at the Derwent Valley Light Railway, Murton, undergoing restoration. Further work has included overhauling its Gardner engine, replacing its radiators and de-rusting/repainting. Later photos show the newly fabricated cab before its transport to Murton, followed by application of primer and reinstallation of fittings after fixing onto the loco. Since that, there has been lots of work on bonnet, gearbox, air system, etc. up to its recent first run in 23 years, with a first coat of gloss paint having been applied. Photos: Tony Simons and David Rice.

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The two photos below show the York Power Station Loco, which has now been saved from the scrapman, transported from Essex and is now on the DVLR metals at Murton; also the meccano electric loco which Tony Simons built to promote the project at the YAG Model Railway Show. He is always on the lookout for Meccano to promote engineering. If anyone has any they no longer use, please get in touch with him, email:

Our Wickham Engineer's Railmotor, also on loan at the Derwent Valley Light Railway, is currently undergoing mechanical repairs to its elderly JAP engine, carburettor and starter to get it back into running order. Photos: Paul Sheridan & Mac Bierowiec