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.
You have two options for travelling on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. You can either take a short trip (up to two stations) for £15 return or you can pay £40 for an annual pass that lets you ride the entire line for a whole year. The short trip ticket is idea for a day trip from Whitby to Goathland.
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.