This unusual tour by steam train visits the popular east coast seaside town of Whitby.
We shall travel through Yorkshire, Teeside and the North Yorkshire Moors to reach Whitby. Our featured steam locomotives for the day will be Ex LNER B1 4-6-0 No. 61264 and either 45690 Leander or 45699 Galatea. There will be time at our destination to visit the attractions that Whitby has to offer.
We commence our journey in the morning diesel hauled from Skipton, and will make further pick ups at Keighley and Skipton. We then make our way via Castleford to York, a historic city and home of the National Railway Museum. Here, in Holgate Sidings, our two steam locomotives will be attached ‘top and tail’ for the run to Whitby.Heading northwards, we speed along the East Coast Main Line through Thirsk and Northallerton, with stops to pick up further passengers, to Darlington, where we will reverse our direction of travel. We now take the route of the famous Stockton & Darlington Railway of 1825, engineered by George Stephenson. The railway was the first public railway in the world to have permanent steam locomotives hauling trains. We pass Teeside Airport and reach Eaglescliffe, where we join the line to Thornaby and Middlesbrough. The famous Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge dating from 1911 is a prominent landmark of the area.
At Guisborough Junction, we leave the line to Redcar and Saltburn and head for Battersby on the edge of the Cleveland Hills. Here we will have to reverse direction of travel once again as the line no longer continues southwards from Battersby. We will now follow the attractive Esk Valley line through the northern section of the North Yorkshire Moors. This is very much a rural line that serves isolated communities and farming is the main activity these days, with walking a popular pass time from the stations along the route. We pass through Castleton Moor and Danby before we reach Glaisdale, where there is a passing loop on the single line. After Egton, we cross the Esk a number of times and reach Grosmont. Here the steam operated North Yorkshire Moors Railway has a station that sees steam trains regularily operating over the 24 miles from Whitby and Pickering.
We continue along the Esk Valley through Sleights and Ruswarp and run along side the River Esk as we pass beneath the impressive Larpool Viaduct, which formerly carried the Scarborough to Whitby railway over the valley. Boat yards and a view of the ancient abbey herald our arrival at Whitby. There will be time here to explore the many attractions the town has to offer, including the working harbour, quaint shops and restaurants, the 13th century abbey and St Mary’s church reached by the 199 steps, the Dracula museum and there is even a kipper smokery where you can buy the produce!
After time in Whitby, we shall retrace our earlier route back to Battersby, Middlesbrough, Northallerton and Thirsk, arriving in York in the early evening.Our steam locomotives will be exchanged for diesel traction in the Holgate Sidings before we continue via Leeds to our earlier pick up points to Skipton, thus concluding an interesting and varied day on rural branch lines of the north-east.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)
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