We're pleased to announce the eagerly anticipated 2021 season will start on Saturday 15 May. We will be operating trains to and from Whitby every day, as well as intermediate services between Pickering and Grosmont.

The railway will operate with Covid-19 mitigations in place, until the summer holidays, with pre-booked end to end services with a set departure and return time. Our intermediate services, between Pickering and Grosmont, will give passengers the opportunity to hop-on and hop-off and explore Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont stations.

Daily services are available to book online. Anyone who had previously pre-booked for 2020 will be able to re-book from 19 April. All services will be released as a staggered approach, in line with government guidance and all passengers aged 16 years plus, unless exempt, will be required to Track & Trace, adhere to social distancing and wear a face covering. The first batch of tickets will operate up to 20 June* in line with the government’s stage four exit plan. The second release of tickets will be announced via the railway’s website and social media channels.

Chris Price, General Manager, said: “It was a huge relief when the government announced its roadmap, which now enables the railway to plan and prepare for when it can reopen. It will be great to see the staff and volunteers preparing the engines, stations, shops and tea rooms, ready to welcome passengers once more”.

Passengers will be able to enjoy the first Pullman Dining Train of the 2021 season from Thursday, 20 May. These services will be operating Thursday to Sunday every week, throughout the season until 20 June (more dates will be released in due course) and will be available to book online from 19 April.

The railway's letting accommodation at Grosmont, Goathland and Levisham will reopen from 15 May and can be booked from 19 April. Those guests with an outstanding booking will be able to book from 12 April. Visitors can book to stay at the heritage stations, from Saturday to Saturday, with unlimited travel along the line included.

Passengers with outstanding Charters and Weddings will be contacted directly to rebook their special day. The railway will be following the government guidelines and exit plan.

In light of the current government advice, we have made the difficult decision to cancel several of the planned 2021 Special Events. However, we are planning to run the Annual Steam Gala, 23 to 26 September and our Christmas Santa Specials on select dates in December from Grosmont and Pickering Stations.

All guests with a pre-booking will receive an email or a telephone call to discuss how to rebook their visit.  

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*Due to a project, previously agreed before the Government Exit Plan, the railway will be closed from 4 to 7 June.

Image courtesy: Christopher Austin