Route of the Esk Valley Railway


Trains stop at Battersby station for up to ten minutes because each train needs be reversed and the driver has to exchange tokens. This arrangement prevents any possibility of two trains occupying the single track simultaneously. From here until after Great Ayton, the boundary of the North York Moors National Park follows the railway line.

During the late 19th century, Battersby station was a busy and important railway junction as vast loads of ironstone, extracted from the Moors (especially at Rosedale and the Esk Valley near Glaisdale and Grosmont) were transported through here to feed the hungry blast furnaces of Teesside. There was also a railway line extending by means of a steep incline onto the moor at Bank Top. The station features at Battersby which survive from that time include a water tower, a platform watercrane and a turntable base. The old buildings are now private dwellings and there is now a playground nearby with a newly named train -  to find out more on facebook click here


There are now two extra services that come down at least as far as Battersby Junction on Monday to Saturdays. A direct service from Newcastle (11:41, arrives 13:25 and goes on to Danby) and also from Newcastle direct (16:43, arrives 17:30, turns here and goes back to Newcastle direct (departs Battersby at 17:44, arrives Newcastle 19:46)

Live Train times to and from Battersby Junction

Full Timetable in pdf format

Esk Valley Railway Music and Ale Trains for 2019

Real Ale, Real Music, Real Fun!
Enjoying a pint of beer

A late Friday service starts on Friday 29th March with Music & Ale back on from the first Friday in May.
Enjoy a scenic trip up or down the Esk Valley and call in on one of the pubs for a meal or drink, then catch the train coming back, or try a walk from one station to the next.

The Land of Iron

TELThe North York Moors National Park have obtained funding for a five year project to protect and highlight the fascinating history behind the Iron Stone mining. To find out more, click on the The Exploited Land of Iron logo.
See the Walks below.


Bank Foot Farm - Ingleby Incline - Greenhow Moor - Turkey Nab
(7+ miles )
This walk traces the railway line by which iron ore was transported from Rosedale to Battersby. Below is a reconstucted image of what it may have looked like.


Photo courtesy of Land of Iron Project

North York Moor CAM offers an informative photographic record of the walk which can be altered to begin and end at Battersby station, or extended - along the Cleveland Way - so as to finish at Kildale station.

Battersby to Castleton
(9 miles )
This linear walk along moorland paths, tracks and minor roads is decribed on the Dales Trails website. This walking club often includes linear walks using the Esk Valley Railway in its summer programme.

Ingleby Greenhow rocked by gruesome murder
Read a melodramatic account of a murder committed in 1924, involving two local railway workers.

Off-Peak fares from Battersby   With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby 9.10
Day Return to Middlesbrough 5.00
Note: Peak fares apply to trains departing before 09:00.

Journey times from Battersby  
To Whitby 60 minutes
To Middlesbrough 25 minutes

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Live Train times to and from Battersby Junction

Full Timetable in pdf format


Travel the route: follow the links to find out about the stations
Middlesbrough | travel east – towards the sea | travel west – inland | Whitby
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