Travel under current Lockdown rules (from Monday 12 April)
The 'stay at home' rule ended on 29 March, 2021 but many restrictions remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.
Please check here for the rules from Monday 12 April, 2021
All Northern Timetables (These will change on 16 May, 2021)
Route 2: Nunthorpe & Middlesbrough to Newcastle & Metrocentre
Monday to Saturday Sundays
Route 5: Middlesbrough to Whitby
Monday to Saturday Sundays
Please check National Rail Planner for any last minute changes
and try the Trainline App to check how busy your train is
Updated 13/4/2021 @11:00
Esk Valley trains run between Whitby
and Middlesbrough, stopping at 16
intermediate stations along the line. The full journey takes
less than 90 minutes.
There is a toilet on board. Dogs are allowed. Bikes are allowed, though it depends on space and is at the discretion of the guard.
year round (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day). The
service, which now runs all year round, has a different timetable.
There are through trains and connections between the Durham Coast,
Bishop Auckland, the Esk Valley and Whitby, and between Darlington and
the Esk Valley and Whitby.
From 15th December, 2019, we have two additional services Monday to
Saturday, one early in the morning and a later evening service. The
initial timetable to May 2020, has the two additonal trains running
fast between some stations, so please check before boarding that the
train stops at your desired destination. Why doesn't the train stop at all stations? Please read this.
Several additional (13) weekday
and Saturday services operate locally between Nunthorpe
(see Timetable 2 above). There are also 10 services a day on a
Sunday (includes the four Whitby to Middlesbrough services).
Dry Trains - Whitby to Middlesbrough on Saturdays
The 19.44 Whitby to Middlesbrough train on
Saturdays is designated as a ‘Dry Train’. This means that all alcoholic
drink is banned on board this service - including in your shopping! See Northern's 'No can do' poster for more information.
Unique Timetable for each Railway Station
On each station page, you will find, on-screen and in printer-friendly format, all the arrival and departure times at that particular station, along with journey duration times to Whitby and Middlesbrough, as well as sample ticket prices.
In winter trains operate daily EXCEPT there are no trains on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day.
The timetable is now standardised for Mondays to Saturdays.
DELAY REPAY - New rules on delay compensation came into effect in December, 2018. If your train is delayed by 15 mins or more, (30 mins for inter-city routes) you are entitled to compensation. It applies to all Train Operators. Northern offer automatic repay if you book via their web-site Northern Railway or their mobile app. For more information on what you should be entitled to, see here.
Replacement bus pick-up points
On occasions when a replacement bus service is in operation they will collect passengers from the following locations at each station. Download a list of Esk Valley Railway station bus pick-up points or alternativley look at the station information panel on the right-hand side of the relevant station page on this website.
· You should have a valid train ticket before you get on the bus; one should be bought at the earliest opportunity.
· Bicycles & prams cannot be taken on the bus, unless they are folded.
· Guide dogs and other 'working' dogs will always be carried.
· No alcohol is allowed on the bus or coach.
· Where disabled or elderly customers are unable to board rail replacement vehicles a taxi will be booked.
· Wheelchairs can be carried, mobility scooters are not normally accepted due to their size.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam trains run between Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby. Please check thier website for services during the covid-19 pandemic. www.nymr.co.uk
A limited edition book by Maurice Burns on the Settle & Carlisle Line is available here.
Help with planning journeys using public transport
North Yorkshire Public Transport Information: view and print timetables for any bus service in North Yorkshire.
National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner:
up to 12 weeks ahead
Tel: Lo-call for 03457 48 49 50
National Rail Enquiries Pocket Timetables tailored for your personal travel requirements
Traveline Yorkshire Public Transport Information
Tel: 01482 59 29 29
Open daily 7am to 10pm
Esk Valley Railway Outings
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Castleton Rail Bridge
Network Rail replaced the bridge following a bridge strike in 2019.
The engineering works have now been successfully completed.
Every Sunday from mid-May to late-September the Moorsbus Community Interest Company and Friends of Moorsbus are running the Moors Rambler Bus service. Connecting Darlington - Stockton - Middlesbrough- Ormesby - Guisborough - Danby - Hutton-le-Hole - Kirbymoorside -Helmsley - Pickering - Thorton-le-Dale - Malton - Rosedale - Stokesley.
GPS Customer information
Systems keep passengers informed of their train’s exact location between Middlesbrough and Whitby. Electronic signs have been fitted at Whitby, Sleights, Grosmont, Egton, Glaisdale, Lealholm, Danby, Castleton, Great Ayton stations to date.
The GPS system will provide greater confidence in the railway services of rural areas.
The scheme uses commercial mobile phone technology.
There are various types of level crossings, some operate with modern automatic barriers, some with barriers remotely controlled by a Signaller, and others have a more traditional operation that require users to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN for approaching trains. Although the UK has one of the safest level crossing records in Europe, people still die on crossings each year and the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) claim that ‘pedestrian near misses are showing an upward trend’ (Annual Safety Performance Report, 2016/17)
Timetables for each Station
On the station pages, you will find, on-screen and in printer-friendly format, all the arrival and depature times at that particular station, along with journey duration times to Whitby and Middlesbrough, as well as sample ticket prices.