Most intensive steam service for 50 years

Steam trains will be a regular occurrence this summer on the North York Moors Railway
Steam trains will be a regular occurrence this summer on the North York Moors Railway
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The North Yorkshire Moors Railway will be offering the most intensive steam service for over half a century between Whitby and Pickering from Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 June.

The normal Middlesbrough to Whitby service can’t run because four bridges are being replaced on the Esk Valley Line so the NYMR is taking this opportunity to run a more frequent service into the seaside town instead.

There will be a train every two hours from Pickering and Whitby. So instead of fighting for a parking space in the town, visitors can enjoy a steam train ride into the heart of North York Moors.

From Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 June trains will depart from Whitby every two hours from 10am until 6pm and from Pickering departing 10am until 4pm calling at Levisham, Newtondale Halt, Goathland and Grosmont.

There will also be an hourly service between Pickering and Grosmont every day during this Diamond Jubilee Steam Festival.

To accommodate the extra services from Whitby, the 9am departure from Pickering will only go as far as Grosmont and the 11am0 departure from Whitby is replaced by the 10:00 and 12:00 services.

“When we heard that Northern Rail’s service couldn’t run, we decided to take the opportunity to run more of our highly popular steam trains during this holiday week.” said General Manager Philip Benham.

“We think everyone’s a winner here because not only do you get the chance to ride behind a steam engine, but we’ll drop you right by the harbour side in the middle of Whitby.”

As a thank you to the communities for their loyal support on Friday 25 May and Friday 1 June all Pickering, Levisham, Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby residents are being invited to enjoy a day out on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for free.

This is a pre-booked only service - call (01751) 472508 to book in advance. In order to collect tickets a valid driving licence or utility bill must be shown with a Pickering, Levisham, Goathland, Grosmont or Whitby address.

Don’t forget the Swinging Sixties returns to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on Saturday 9 and 10 June with live bands, real ale bars and vintage vehicles at stations along the line.

Service runs daily throughout the school half term between Pickering and Whitby. Fares are £22.50 for adults, £19.50 for seniors and £11.30 for children for a day rover ticket allowing unlimited travel between Pickering and Whitby.

A family ticket (two adults and up to four children) is available for just £45. Children under five ride free.

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