Pickering is the perfect start to your steam train adventure, leaving the charming village the trains to Whitby go through stations evocative of an earlier era.
- Levisham is an 1912 style station, accessible by one solitary hill road and suitable mainly for sheep and walkers (if they are different).
- Newton Dale requires you to make a special request for the Guard to stop the train at this tiny, picturesque halt.
- Goathland or should I say Aidensfield or Hogsmeade from Harry Potter, is just a few yards up the hill from the station.
- Grosmont is a 50’s style British rail station and home for the engine sheds. ( My uncle worked for British rail as a welder, he put the tops on the pork pies).
- So into Whitby and on some days up the Esk Valley railway to Battersby.
The original NYMR route started at Whitby and ran through to Malton Junction. The southern section from Pickering to Malton has long since passed into history – or has it? Read more in ‘A Nostalgic Trip Along the Former Whitby and Pickering Railway and Through to Malton’ on Amazon
Pickering and the Railway
- Experience an unforgettable lunch, afternoon tea or dinner on board the Pullman Dining Train or eat in one of Pickering’s cafes or public houses.
- Pickering Station is a fine building from the 1840’s built for the York and North Midland Railwayafter they took over the Whitby and Pickering Railway.
- Local residents set up the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Society in 1967 to preserve the line.
- Peter’s Railway Young Engineer’s Centre on platform 2 is an interactive exhibition for children to learn about engineering and science through storytelling.
- Peters railway is a series of books published in Pickering