After months of preparation, the North Yorkshire Moors 2022 rail season is in full swing and they have invited RailAdvent on board for a trip to Whitby.
The season lasts until October 30, and the railway offers three travel options. These are: The Seaside Special (Pickering to Whitby and back), Moors Explorer (Grosmont to Pickering and back. Hop on, Hop Off service) and the Yorkshire Express which runs from Whitby to Pickering and back.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway gave us two tickets for The Seaside Special, which at peak times gives you the option of a 09:20 or 12:00 departure from Pickering.
Pickering, the eastern terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, has been restored by volunteers and now houses a shop, cafe and a Peter’s Railway Young Engineers Centre.
Our locomotive for the day was LMS Black 5 No. 5428 Eric Treacy. This happened shortly after the cars arrived from the car shed. After a fill of water, a whistle from the guard and we set off on a journey through breathtaking landscapes.
This is the second time we have been invited by the NYMR for a trip to Whitby. Unlike last year, masks are no longer compulsory but it is nice to see that sanitary stations are still scattered around all stations.
On Whitby trains you can’t get off at any of the intermediate stations (Levisham, Newtondale Halt or Goathland) but it’s great to see children’s faces when told Goathland is where Harry Potter was filmed.
After Goathland we drove into Goathland, past the engine sheds (with 65894 on test). Here we changed the locomotives from steam to diesel in the form of 31128, which was visiting the line.
31128 took us comfortably to Whitby, where we were slowly driven out of the station.
Whitby is served by North to Middlesbrough services, and we saw a 156 operating one of these services. This was then followed by 31128, which left with a service to Pickering.
Unfortunately, the weather then deteriorated.
The rain has fallen and the skyline has disappeared, so be sure to be prepared, just in case it rains on your trip to Whitby.
Perhaps the option to get back on an earlier train if space is available could be a useful upgrade.
There are plenty of shops to see in the center of Whitby, as well as the opportunity to explore the harbor and surrounding area.
After a walk it was time to head back to the station, 76079 arrived in Whitby to take us to Pickering.
Unfortunately, none of the trains we traveled on had steam heaters (it wasn’t working or plugged in) – so I’m glad we brought a coat. However, the hot chocolates served at the buffet on the train were welcome and the staff were very friendly.
For us, the best choice for tickets is the Moors Explorer service, which allows you to explore Grosmont and Goathland at your own pace. Goathland is well known for his role in Harry Potter and the Heartbeat series.
In addition to summer services, the NYMR has confirmed events for 2022 and includes
- Annual Steam Gala (September 22-25)
- Light show (October 22-30)
- Special Santa Claus (various dates in December)
You can book your tickets via NYMR website, with prices starting at £20.50 for children and £41 for adults. For every penny you spend on the railroad, it all goes back into funding the railroad and its operation.
We would like to thank the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for inviting us on a journey along their magnificent line – if you are in the area please be sure to visit them and spend a day with them.