Esk Valley Music and Ale Train 2017

Real Ale, Real Music, Real Fun!

In 2017 the Music and Ale trains start running on Friday 2nd June and then every Friday through June,  July and August.  Bands and beers will be announced on the Esk Valley Railway events page.

Catch the 19.18 (7.18 pm) train leaving Whitby on a Summer Friday night and enjoy an evening of live music and real ale. You can alight at one of the villages for a meal and a leisurely drink surrounded by superb rural scenery before catching the returning service, the 20:49 (9.49 pm) from Middlesbrough getting back to Whitby at 22:20 (10.20 pm).

Purchase your tickets from the conductor on the night. Fares are exactly the same as for the normal service. Refreshments including the real ale are extra. Soft drinks and wine are also available.

Families and dogs are most welcome (dogs go free). This is a really enjoyable evening out on a Summer Friday. You can stay on the train for the full journey to Middlesbrough and back or you can break your journey on the way out and call into one of the pubs along the route and rejoin the music train on the way back. For example, get off at Lealholm (19.51) and you have just under two hours before the return train (21.43) back to Whitby for 22.20.

Bring your own snacks or a picnic. Email or telephone Esk Valley Railway Development Company if a group is coming: 01947 601987 or

Useful resources

The service leaves Whitby at 19.18 (7.18 pm) and then returns (same train) from Middlesbrough at 20.49 (8.49 pm), arriving back at Whitby 22.20 (10.20 pm). 

The last service leaving Whitby does not have music or ale. It leaves Whitby at 22.25 (10.25 pm) on the dot and arrives at Middlesbrough 23.51 (11.51 pm).

Dates and perfomers are available from the main Esk Valley Railway website on the ‘Events’ page

The Esk Valley Railway website has a link to a useful leaflet called the Rail Ale Trail which lists most of the hostelries and the contact details.


For timetables, detailed station information and more, visit the Esk Valley Railway main website,
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