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How the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Uses Our Two Way Radios

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the premier attractions for transport enthusiasts in the north of England. Visitors get the chance to ride classic steam trains and diesel locomotives, and take in breath taking views across Yorkshire’s stunning national park.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway brings in tourists from every corner of the UK – including some members of the Brentwood Communications team! When one of our engineers visited the North Yorkshire Moors Railway recently, they got to see some of our two way radios in action.


Not only did our staff member enjoy a fabulous day out at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, he also saw railway personnel using our radios to keep in touch. Team members use two way radios at the various stations in Pickering, Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont for a variety of critical tasks, and we were interested to see them in action.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway staff purchased some Kenwood TK3301 license free radios from us some time ago. This is the older version of our current model, the Kenwood TK3501. Its simple, robust form factor and hassle-free controls make it ideal for use on station platforms, with a total range of around 2km in normal working conditions.

Some time later, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway team added some more radios to their fleet. Earlier this year, they purchased some Motorola XT420 – another radio that is available to use on a license free basis. The Motorola XT420 is water resistant, making it suitable for usage in the great Yorkshire countryside, come rain or shine. It also has an outstanding loudspeaker, making it ideal for communicating in a noisy railway station, among the backdrop of loud steam engines.


Some locomotives attract massive interest from the public, and railway staff have a responsibility to manage crowds and stick to timetables. Often, mobile reception is patchy, so ordinary mobile phones are out of the question.

The team at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway uses license free radios to keep in touch during the varied and busy schedule of activities, in situations where other forms of communication would be impractical. Guards use our radios to relay information from the platform to the trains as passengers board, and railway staff carry them for general usage, like the safety and security of visitors.

License free radios are ideal for this purpose. They cover an adequate distance, and are extremely cost effective, requiring little maintenance and no expensive license. And because they are robust, they can withstand a little adverse weather.


If your visitor attraction needs an affordable communication solution, talk to Brentwood Communications about two way radio purchase, or hire two way radios for a one-off event. Regardless of your budget, we have the ideal radio set-up to keep your team talking.

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