A MAJOR £190,000 visitor centre showing the history of the railways across the North York Moors has opened at a popular visitor attraction.

The North York Moors Railway has opened the venture at Pickering Station as part of an upgrade.

The railway staff have raised part of the funding, £120,000 came from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £33,000 from Yorwaste.

The Yorventure Visitor Centre attraction was opened by Steve Grieve, chief executive of Yorwaste, yesterday.

Phil Bustard, of the railway, said: “It went brilliantly and there are many attractions here for people to enjoy of all ages.”

The visitor centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm with free entry on platform two of the station.

Yorwaste has also handed the railway staff £20,000 more in funding to set up a picnic area near the station.

The North York Moors Railway is also hoping to raise £50,000 to help it repair the station’s roof with people sponsoring a roof slate for £5. It will be a replica of the original GT Andrews roof of 1846 and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2011.