Derwent Valley Light Railway is fun for all the family.
"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. 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) 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.
Two York attractions together on the one ticket.
Murton Park Station is within the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. Derwent Valley Light Railway works within the Yorkshire Museum of Farming 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.
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.
Murton Park Station. Picture by Jonathan Stockwell.
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 mix of novel and traditional coaches.
The novel observation coach with its wide view windows is unique to the DVLR.
A traditional Mk1 BR. coach (3805). Pictured by Trevor Humbey.
2016 Season services
Trains run on Sundays and Bank Holidays until Sept. 25th.
On normal running days, trains leave Murton Park 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: All departures are subject to possible changes.
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.
All telephone enquiries via Murton Park on 01904 489966.
Always very popular every year, our Santa Specials will run again in December 2016 with exciting associated events held here.
The children always love this, so it's an opportunity not to be missed.
2016 Santa Special Dates for your diary.
To ensure your kids don't miss the Santa Specials and all the fun of the Festive Season, here at Murton Park,
why not mark down in your diary now, the dates on which Santa Specials will run in 2016:
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23.
No pre-booking necessary.
Special event. Annual Running Evening held Fri 22 July was a great success. Click News.
DVLR is pleased that it is shortly to be listed on the Day Out With The Kids website.
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Derwent Valley Light Railway,
c/o Yorkshire Museum of Farming,
Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF.
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