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Welcome to the Esk Valley Railway

From the heart of Middlesbrough to the historic seaside town of Whitby, passing through the North York Moors National Park and serving 17 stations along the route.

The Esk Valley Railway connects the rural communities in the North York Moors with the town of Middlesbrough and the historic seaside town of Whitby. The railway also offers an enjoyable, environmentally-friendly and stress-free way to view and explore this magnificent landscape and lovely villages.

Away from the packed commuter routes and main intercities, the backwaters of our national rail network harbour some of the most beautiful rides in the world. Leaving Teesside, the train chugs out across the North York Moors … along the leafy valley through Danby, Egton and Lealholm – surely the prettiest village in Yorkshire – to Whitby's bracing sea air, fine Georgiana and looming Gothic church. This is England's green and pleasant land, writ large over 36miles ... it will make you sigh - The Sunday Times

The Esk Valley Railway from Middlesbrough to Whitby is supported by the not-for-profit Esk Valley Railway Development Company (EVRDC), a community rail partnership which helps to promote the line both to residents and visitors.

EVRDC was designated by the Department for Transport as a Community Rail Partnership in 2005 and has just received its new DfT Community Partnership Accreditation.


EVRDC markets the line, designs and distributes timetables throughout the Esk Valley and continues to highlight the need for improved services.

It successfully lobbied for funding to improve the infrastructure to enable more trains each day, for the second platform at Whitby and the new James Cook Station

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Esk Valley Line featured in...

Esk Valley Line features in new North York Moors Capital of Cake slow travel film series TV baking star and author David Atherton is fronting a series of new ‘travelogue’ films showcasing how visitors can take the slow travel option... ...Read More

Re-accreditation For Esk Valley Railway!

We are delighted to announce that we have successfully achieved accreditation for 2022-23 from the Department For Transport (DFT) Accreditation is formal recognition by the DfT that a community rail partnership (CRP) operates to a high standard and that its... ...Read More

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Forget Me Not Train

The journey, which travels through some of the prettiest scenery in the country, follows the route of the River Esk for much of its length, passing through verdant farmland, rolling moors and picturesque villages. As I get on the train... ...Read More

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