Real Ale, Real Music, Real Fun!
In 2019 the Music and Ale trains ran for the full three months each Friday evening in June, July and August. Sadly, due to covid-19, we were not able to run this popular event in 2020.
To give you a flavour from last year (2019)….Catch the 19.34 (7.34 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 21:20 (9:20 pm) from Middlesbrough getting back to Whitby at 22:50 (10.50 pm). There is then a train back to Middlesbrough departing Whitby at 22:57 (10.57 pm) but with no music or ale!
There were a variety of singers and bands over the weeks with local ale and cider on sale at the bar.
Purchase your tickets from the conductor on the night or from the ticket machine on Platform 1. Fares are exactly the same as for the normal service. Refreshments including the real ale are extra. Soft drinks and wine and snacks 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 (20:07) and you have just over two hours before the return train (22:15) back to Whitby for 22.50.
Bring your own snacks or a picnic. Email or telephone Esk Valley Railway Development Company if a group is coming: 07584-419114 or email@example.com
From September 2020 you can still visit pubs along the line. From Whitby, catch the 16:00 or the 19:44 service from Whitby up towards Middlesbrough and call in at one of the pubs detailed on our Events page here. The Return train leaves Middlesbrough at 21:41 arriving back at Whitby 22:14 so for example, Grosmont, you would have between 20:01 & 21:55 to enjoy a drink, meal and walk.
Alternatively, travel into Whitby for the evening on the 18:00 from Middlesbrough and come back on the last service leaving Whitby at 22:21 – BEWARE this service DOES NOT STOP at Ruswarp, Sleights, Danby, Commondale or Kildale 🙁 Full pdf timetable here.
The Esk Valley Railway website also has a useful leaflet called the “Rail Ale Trail” which lists most of the hostelries and the contact details. We will be updating this with the new Good Beer Guide from CAMRA 2021, ready for the new year. Cheers!