After a successful opening weekend, the first of 2020, North Yorkshire Moors Railway has now opened up bookings for a newly named service.

‘The Optimist’ will enable passengers to journey all the way along the 24-mile heritage line, directly to Whitby.

Anyone planning a visit from 17th – 30th August is now able to depart twice daily from Pickering to Whitby*. This is a non-stop service between the two stations. There is ample time to explore the historic seaside town of Whitby, before embarking on the journey back to Pickering.

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Chris Price General Manager said; “Our initial plan was to get the railway operational. We now feel that we can progress to phase two of our plans with our newly named service; ‘The Optimist’. Easing of social distancing and our enhanced cleaning measures have allowed us to create this new journey. This will allow our passengers to once again travel the full length of the line. Where they can explore the town that’s famed for its prominence in Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Whitby.”

Ticket Info

To ensure social distancing measures continue to be adhered to for guests, tickets must be pre-booked online before visiting. A return journey costs £35 for an adult, £70 for a duo ticket for two seated at a table, £72 for a family of four at a table, or a compartment for up to six people is £150. Dogs are also welcome for £3, carers go free with a paying blue badge holder, and NYMR members get 50% off the advertised ticket price.

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For more information or to pre-book a trip on the UK’s most popular heritage railway visit NYMR

*Trains will depart Pickering at 9.20, 12.00, and arrive at Whitby at 11.10 and 13.45. Departures from Whitby will be at 14.00 and 16.30 with arrival at Pickering at 15.40 and 18.05 each day.