Visiting York in 2017?
Why not enjoy a ride on York's Derwent Valley Light Railway? Also known as The Blackberry Line, Derwent Valley Light Railway is fun for all the family so add riding Derwent Valley Light Railway to your 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.
Two York attractions together on the one ticket.
Derwent Valley Light Railway and Murton Park Station are within Murton Park York. Derwent Valley Light Railway works with the Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton Park so that your ticket provides superb value. Each ticket is valid for both train (ride as many times as you like on the day) and Yorkshire Museum of Farming including the Viking Village. The kids always not only love riding the train but they'll also enjoy Yorkshire Museum of Farming's Viking Village too.
A glimpse into some places and activities at DVLR.
The mix of novel and traditional coaches.
The end of the wide-windowed observation coach has a "Western" style standing porch such as where "old West" characters, from cowboys to Presidents would stand. The coach is an attraction in itself and is unique to the DVLR.
Below: a 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, "See all DVLR Running Dates."
About parking and admission.
Parking is free. Tickets include both the rail ride and Yorkshire Museum of Farming in the one ticket. They are purchased at the entrance to Yorkshire Museum of Farming.
Track re-laying 11 Feb. 2017. See picture in News Section.
DVLR Society News. DVLR Society News Number 109 Winter 2016/7, is now available.
Rare unusual item presented and donated to DVLRS.
To see more details of all the above, click on the newspaper icon.
Children at DVLR.
Families with children are welcome at DVLR. We like to see that children are enjoying their visit here. 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.
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.
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Derwent Valley Light Railway Society is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Registered number 1161623.