Visiting York in 2017?
York's Derwent Valley Light Railway, The Blackberry Line, has fun for all the family so do add riding the train to your 2017 "must do" list.
Derwent Valley Light Railway was formerly a profitable, privately owned line which was never incorporated into British Rail. As the use of the line diminished over time through the increased use of road vehicles, it became, like many lines, uneconomic to run. Its extent gradually diminished until sadly it eventually had to close as a commercial enterprise. But fortunately, thanks to the dedicated work of the Derwent Valley Light Railway Society, you can still get a "taste of the Blackberry Line" and experience its unique character because part of the original line is now a heritage attraction at York, running from the charming, Murton Park Station, York. The station, pictured below, still sports the distinctive Hollybush Green and Cream in its livery, the same livery as was used by the Derwent Valley Light Railway for its stations, from its early years. We'd like to welcome you here so that you can see it for yourself and of course, so that you can enjoy riding on the train.
"The Blackberry Line" has long been the affectionate colloquial name for this cherished rural railway, Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR). It's a standard gauge railway which ran between Layerthorpe, York and Cliffe Common, Selby, with several lovely village stations, including Murton, along the way.
With the track lifted and the once lovely little station buildings having fallen into neglect, enthusiastic volunteers of the the Derwent Valley Light Railway Society worked hard to successfully "turn back the clock" and bring back the flavour of the line. Thanks to them, trains now run for about half a mile from Murton Park Station. Friendly volunteer staff are eager to show off the Derwent Valley Light Railway and bring pleasure to fresh and repeat visitors alike. Inside the Station building, there is the DVLR musem and also a gallery of fascinating pictures and stories about the history of the line. If, as is quite likely, these whet your appetite to know even more, the DVLR shop, also inside the station building, stocks the popular book, Rails Along The Derwent. In the shop you can browse through the wide range of mementos available to remind you of your visit.
The enchanting Murton Park Station Building. Picture by Jonathan D. Stockwell.
A look around at some of things, places and activities at DVLR.
The mix of novel and traditional coaches.
The wide-windowed observation coach is an attraction in itself and is unique to DVLR. The end of the coach has a "Western" style standing porch such as where "old West" characters, from cowboys to Presidents would stand. Here you too can travel in the way of the Old US of A.
In complete contrast, the maroon coach shown here is a treasured traditional Mk1 BR. coach (3805) pictured by Trevor Humbey.
2017 Spring-Summer Season Services
Starting on Easter Sunday, 16th April, trains run on Sundays and Bank Holidays until and including Sun. Sept. 24th.
Trains will leave Murton Park Station at the following times:
11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 13.15, 13.45, 14.15, 14.45, 15.15, 15.45, 16.15
Note: While every effort is made to ensure departures are on time, any departure may be subject to change.
Santa Specials will run in December. For details click the button.
Just the ticket
Derwent Valley Light Railway
Yorkshire Museum of Farming
Both organisations are within
Murton Park, York.
The two organisations work together so that your combined ticket provides superb value. Each day-ticket provides not only admission to the station and train rides (ride as many times as you like on the day) but also to Yorkshire Museum of Farming.
Yorkshire Museum of Farming has indoor galleries including interactive exhibits, outdoor exhibits, animals, a Nature Trail and a reconstructed Viking Village. Refer to Yorkshire Museum of Farming's website for full information and more pictures.
About parking and admission prices.
On-site parking is free.
Click the button for admission prices via Y M o F website.
Families with children are welcome at DVLR.
We like to know that children have fun and enjoy their visits here. Besides, among today's kids will be some of tomorrow's railway enthusiasts. Some may one day themselves be members here helping to maintain this lovely railway for the enjoyment of yet further future generations.
DVLR is pleased and proud to be listed on the Day Out With The Kids Website, the UK's biggest and best resource for quickly finding fun family days out & things to do, wherever you are. Click on the DOWTK icon for more information about them.
An extract from DOWTK website: "If you're a lover of trains, great news! You can ride as many times as you like on the day! Fancy a step back into the the Wild Wild West? Then they have the coach for you: Sylvia! Ideal for a great photo opportunity.
Kids and adults alike are able to use their imaginations and become Station Master at the ticket office, situated inside the unusual and lovely station building.The day ticket for Murton Park also allows you to go between the Derwent Valley Light Railway and the many other attractions at Murton Park, as often as you like on the day. The Yorkshire Museum of Farming Museum has two indoor galleries, Four Seasons and Livestock, with fun interactive features for children as well as outdoor exhibits, animals and a nature trail.
Travel further back in time by visiting the full scale reconstructed Viking Village on Murton Park, so that you can experience how the Vikings used to live when the area was part of Danelaw, a region inhabited by the Danes."
What's so special here in December?
Even late in the year when the shadows have become long and the mid-day sun doesn't get very high in the sky, it's time you got to wrap up and head here again because the railway hasn't wrapped up its fun times. There's still a warm welcome here and hot feverish excitement for the family ....
.... because there are the super
All telephone enquiries via Murton Park on 01904 489966.
Derwent Valley Light Railway,
c/o Yorkshire Museum of Farming,
Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF.
Derwent Valley Light Railway Society is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Registered number 1161623.