The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is England’s most popular heritage railway, which runs through 29km (18 miles) of the North York Moors National Park between Pickering and Grosmont with its northern terminus at Whitby.
Goathland station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway route has featured in the TV show Heartbeat and also in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (as Hogsmeade station). Pickering Station featured in the 2016 Dad’s Army film.
Pickering train station only serves heritage trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Regular passenger trains do not stop here; however, you can access this rail line by taking regular trains to Grosmont and Whitby.
Travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway usually involves an all-day ticket that allows you to hop on and off at stations en route. However, due to coronavirus-related restrictions, it is necessary to have a reserved seat so you will need to return to the same seat when you re-board the train and in some instances, it may be necessary to rebook your seat. It is possible to buy a Freedom ticket for a return trip along the entire line or just travel between Pickering and Grosmont. There are usually between six and eight services in each direction per day and you’ll get the best value from your ticket if you start your day on one of the morning services.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates daily from late March to early November, although there are some winter services on weekends in December, for most of the week before New Year’s Day and during February school holidays.