Oz-ventures aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Expect the lions, tigers and bears  (oh my!) to wander less around the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this half-term! The heritage railway celebrates The 2014 Wizard of Oz Week. From May 24 to June 2.

Hooray! The visiting munchkins are coming! These cute little creatures will complete a Wizard of Oz-themed Tracker Jack Trail. Hunt for the clues at the Pickering and Goathland Stations and get a chance to win family tickets for May 30 Wizard of Oz story train.  Chu-chu! The train will leave Pickering station at 10 o’ clock in the morning, a good way to start the family day with Dorothy and her friends! Come and experience Oz on the NYMR Story Train!

“2014 is the 75thanniversary of the original Wizard of Oz film starring Judy Garland, which is truly a classic movie and brought the world created by L. Frank Baum to a global audience.  The film is just as popular today as it was then, and in fact, we’ve had a number of further Oz adventures in the last couple of years, with ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’, and this year’s ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’,” comments NYMR’s marketing manager, Danielle Ramsey.  “When we heard that the Pickering Parish Church flower festival would be celebrating the Emerald City, we just had to jump on board – this is an adventure you won’t want to miss!”

Those travelling on the Wizard of Oz Story Train are invited to come in costume as any of the favourite characters from Oz, with characters to meet on the train, and fun activities at the stations along the line, with a stop off for lunch and exploration at Goathland, and games and entertainment at Levisham (depending on weather – this may be Pickering Learning Centre), before Dorothy clicks together her ruby slippers to take travellers back to Pickering, arriving back at around 2.40pm.

Once everyone is safely back in Pickering, visitors will also be invited to follow a trail of scarecrows from the station to Pickering Parish Church, to see stunning floral displays following the Oz theme.

The Wizard of Oz trails can be picked up from any NYMR booking office  from 24 May until the 2 June, and returned to any booking office, shop or tea room to be in with a chance of winning a 2014 family ticket.   Services run daily between Pickering and Whitby from 9am, with trains departing most hours on the hour.  For up-to-date timetable information, please visitwww.nymr.co.uk .  Day rover tickets are priced from £9.50 for children and £19.00 for adults (Pickering – Goathland/Grosmont) or £12.50/£25.00 for Pickering to Whitby.