The Blackberry Line

Why not enjoy a ride on York's "Blackberry Line?"

Derwent Valley Light Railway is fun for all the family.

Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR)

"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 a ride on a train.

The "Blackberry" brought back.

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 Light Valley Railway and bring pleasure to fresh and repeat visitors alike.

Murton Park Station

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.

There are wide-view windows on our unique observation coach which is clean and comfortable.

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.

On-site parking

is free.

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.

Special events will be announced here and in our News section.

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.

Accessibility: It is our desire to make this event as accessible as possible for all our visitors. Please note however that when planning your visit you should be aware that the outdoor areas of our site are, in places, uneven and can be slippery in some weather conditions. As a consequence some areas may be unsuitable for some wheelchairs or mobility aids. Whilst we do everything we can to make sure that all our visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit there may be some areas of our site which some visitors may find they are unable to access for this reason. It may be possible in these circumstances to make a special arrangement when this has been discussed with us in advance.

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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