Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Recreating the Whitby and Pickering Railway

19 January 2009

The Whitby & Pickering Railway, with George Stephenson as engineer, first opened in 1835. Eventually closed under the Beeching regime in 1965, part of the line re-opened in 1973 as North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

For 34 years the Railway terminated at Grosmont, all but in sight of the seaside town of Whitby. Then in 2007 the NYMR brought a regular train service back between the towns of Pickering, becoming the first heritage railway licensed to run trains on Network Rail. This is the story.

Meet the Speaker

Philip Benham has been General Manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway since June 2004. A career railwayman since 1968, holding a variety of posts in railways operations including Area Manager York and King's Cross. After a period with Inter-City, he was seconded to BRB on privatisation to project manage the creation of the Association of Train Operating Companies, subsequently holding the posts of Directors Retail and Commercial Services. A period of consultancy with the Strategic Rail Authority preceded the NYMR appointment.



: Philip Benham, General Manager of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Duration: 1 hr 13 mins