Esk Valley Railway is supported by the not-for-profit Esk Valley Railway Development Company (EVRDC).
The Esk Valley Railway Development Company (EVRDC) was set up in 2003 to promote the Esk Valley Railway to the community it serves and to the wider community.
It is one of many rural lines which have been designated as Community Rail Partnerships in England and Wales.
Community Railway lines are many and varied, all with their own unique characteristics. Some serve urban areas and others, like the Esk Valley Railway, serve areas and communities in remote rural and coastal regions.
EVRDC has two paid members of staff, the Development Manager and a part-time Development Assistant. We welcome voluntary input from members of the community who recognise the vital role the railway plays in the social and economic regeneration of their areas. We also welcome any new volunteers.
- Contact EVRDC for further information on volunteering and for further information on the rail service or on the work of the company.
- Download the Esk Valley Railway Development Company 2011 Action Plan [732 KB pdf] for more detailed information on the aims and objectives of EVRDC and its Board of Directors.
Matchfunded grants were also awarded last year by the Designated Community Rail Partnership Fund, administered by the Department for Transport, Network Rail, ACoRP and Northern Rail, to update this website and to commission a study to investigate enhancement of the services on this line.
Survey on Rail Facilities in Whitby
EVRDC is conducting a short survey on Whitby Station, its presence within the community and how best to improve this. To this end, a few short questions have been compiled asking the community about the service and what their perceptions are of their local railway. There is a section included at the end inviting people to make their own comments on aspects of the service and their aspirations for the future.
If you would like to take part, please download these questions and return the form either by post or by email.
Four bridges replaced
Network Rail invested 2.1 million pounds in the Esk Valley line to replace the Duck, Danby, Thorneywaite and Carr End bridges.
The engineering works have now been successfully completed.
Steam trains will continue to travel on from Grosmont to Whitby until at least 2014, under a new agreement between the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Network Rail.