The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of Yorkshire's most popular tourist attractions, carrying its passengers on a relaxing journey through the scenic North York Moors National Park. The 18-mile (29 km) line is one of the longest heritage lines in the United Kingdom and runs between the picturesque market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont.
The railway first opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railway as a means of transporting both goods and passengers to and from the East Coast. It continued to run until 1965; as with so many lines in the UK, the infamous Beeching Report of 1963 had recommended its closure. A preservation society was formed a couple of years later and, after a number of open weekends and 'Steam Galas' had been run for the society's members, the railway re-opened as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 1973.
Today, carefully restored carriages are hauled by diesel and steam locomotives along the route, which features what is believed to be one of the oldest railway tunnels in the world. There are a number of stops along the route including Levisham, Newton Dale Halt and Goathland, perhaps better-known as Aidensfield in Yorkshire Television's 'Heartbeat'. Goathland station also appeared in the first Harry Potter film as Hogsmeade station.