Railway Conservation. Run by Volunteers. Not for Profit.
'The Optimist' services are pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity. Services will depart from Pickering and will travel directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering.
Tickets will be released in two-week blocks, as we closely monitor the situation. 'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. 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.
Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby.
Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.
Contact [email protected] or telephone 01751 472508. Mon - Sun, 09:00 - 16:30.
Covid-19 Control measures in place at the NYMR
We ask for your cooperation and that you always follow Government advice and local mitigations at all times including:
If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 we would ask you and members of your party or family group to not attend the railway. Please visit our Terms & Conditions.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you up to date with any changes, either from the Government or from our own plans. We can't wait to get back to doing what we do best – operating Britain’s busiest heritage railway.
Occasionally, due to operational requirements, we may substitute a steam engine with a diesel locomotive. Members (Standard, Life, Premier Life, Premier First & Shareholders): Receive 50% discount on the Standart Ticket Price. Tickets are available on both services, with a limited capacity. You must pre-book in advance. You will need to enter your Membership ID/ Shareholder number when booking. Premier First and Premier Life Members - Entitled to the 50% discounted member tickets. 100% discount only applies to normal services
The future of our railway is at risk and we urgently need your help to save it. Even with the go ahead to start services we still need to raise additional funds.
Here is a useful Question & Answer page to help you prepare for your visit. Read about changes to services and facilities to ensure you have a great day out.