Real Ale, Real Music, Real Fun!
In 2019 the Music and Ale trains run for the full three months each Friday evening in June, July and August.
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 will be a variety of singers and bands over the weeks with local ale and cider on sale at the bar. Find full details on the Esk Valley Railway events page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The service leaves Whitby at 19.34 (7.34 pm) and then returns (same train) from Middlesbrough at 21:20 (9:20 pm), arriving back at Whitby 22.50 (10.50 pm).
The last service leaving Whitby does not have music or ale. It leaves Whitby at 22.57 (10.57 pm) on the dot and arrives at Middlesbrough 00:25 (12:25am).
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.