Due to the Government update (31.10.2020) we have stopped our planned services after 4 November. Services will not operate from 5 November to 2 December.

Travel this Autumn with a Freedom Ticket  

Trains Operating: Saturday, Sunday*, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. CLOSED Thursday & Friday

Our return service, The Optimist currently runs from Pickering to Whitby. You can hop off at any Station (If you choose to disembark at an intermediate Station**, please speak to the Train Guard) and return back on the Optimist in your pre-booked seats/compartment. 

If you choose to disembark at any intermediate station, due to the current timetable and Covid-19 constraints, you will not be able to travel to Whitby and must return to Pickering on the returning leg of your outbound journey.

Alternatively you can stay on The Optimist to travel to Whitby and return only. 

Book our Freedom Ticket and have the option to travel on The Optimist and transfer to the Rail Trail*** service. 

Freedom of the Line: 

Mon, Tues, Wed & Sat Sun* Only
Optimist (Pre-Booked Seats) 11:20 (Dept. Pickering)
12:21 (Arr. Grosmont)
12:55 (Arr. Whitby)
09:20 (Dept. Pickering)
10:21 (Arr. Grosmont)
11:15 (Arr. Whitby)
Rail Trail*** 13:15 (Dept. Grosmont)
13:30 (Arr. Goathland)
11:00 (Dept. Grosmont)
11:15 (Arr. Goathland)
Rail Trail*** 14:30 (Dept. Goathland)
14:45 (Arr. Grosmont)
12:25 (Dept. Goathland)
12:40 (Arr. Grosmont)
Optimist (Pre-Booked Seats) 14:30 (Dept. Whitby)
15:10 (Dept. Grosmont)

16:05 (Arr. Pickering)
13:25 (Dept. Whitby)
14:05 (Dept. Grosmont)

15:05 (Arr. Pickering) 


Tickets will be released in blocks: Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. 

*Sunday service departs at 09:20. **Excludes Levisham Station. Rail Trail*** You will be seated in Carriage A, (Teak Brake) and the Rail Trail service will not operate after Wednesday 18 November. 


Tickets and Gift Aid:

A small donation makes a big difference: The extra you pay when choosing a Donation Ticket will contribute towards the continued preservation of one of the world’s greatest heritage railways. 

If you give a donation, are a UK Taxpayer and complete a Gift Aid declaration, we can claim an additional 25% tax back from the Government at no cost to you. Enjoy travelling the full 24 miles behind a heritage steam locomotive. 

Freedom Ticket Freedom
10% Donation
Members Ticket Members
10% Donation
Individual Ticket

£35.00 £38.50 £17.50 £19.25
Duo Ticket
(2 Adults/1 Adult & 1 Child)

£70.00 £77.00 £35.00 £38.50
(2 Adults & 2 Children) 

£72.00 £79.20


Table (4 Adults)

£140.00 £154.00 £70.00 £77.00
Private Compartment
(Max 6, Adult or Child)

£150.00 £165.00 £75.00 £82.50
Dogs £3.00 N/A  Free N/A


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If you do not wish, or are unable to Gift Aid, you would pay the Standard price.

Goathland & Levisham facilities will remain closed.   

Occasionally, due to operational requirements, we may substitute a steam engine with a diesel locomotive.

Discounted Tickets: 

  • Members (Standard, Life, Premier Life, Premier First & Shareholders)Tickets are available on both services, with a limited capacity. You must pre-book in advance. You will need to enter your Membership ID when booking. Members receive 50% discount on the Standard Ticket Price. 100% discount only applies to normal services
  • Gift Vouchers & Outstanding Bookings: If you have been issued a Gift Voucher or have a booking held you can redeem these for our services via Customer Service Team.
  • Discounted Tickets : Interrail/HRA - 50% (Adult), ATOC/RST - 75% (Adult/Child). These discounts are applicable on Standard prices and can be booked via Customer Service Team.
  • Carer Tickets: These can be booked via the Customer Service team and you will be an issued with a free ticket for your carer when you purchase a standard ticket. Wheelchairs and Pushchairs can be stored in the Guards Van. You must be able to transfer to your pre-booked seat. 

Contact [email protected] or telephone 01751 472508. Mon - Sun, 09:00 - 16:30