Whitby’s 40s Dance Triumph

40s weekend at Whitby 2014

A 40s evening dance organised by Whitby residents at the Metropole was a complete sellout on Saturday 11th October.
During the day, activities on Dock End by the War Memorial included the Parachute Regiment Association, Teesside Branch, joining up with the 40s celebrations. Katie Mustang entertained the public with 40s songs whilst re-enactors danced in the afternoon sun or took part in the tombola.

Linda and John Cudworth, the event organisers, explained ‘This is only our second year of arranging a 40’s event at Whitby, yet the support has been so fantastic. I cannot praise enough the support we have received from Whitby residents and businesses who have helped make the whole day and the evening dance such a runaway success.

Special mention must go to Chris Wales, the manager of the Metropole, the Co Op and Sainsbury’s supermarkets, the Whistlestop Café, Esk Valley Railway Community Rail Partnership and Northern Rail who all generously supported the event. Shops entered into the spirit by decorating their windows in the 40s theme.

The Esk Valley Concert Band and Starstruck Performing Arts supported Katie Mustang in entertaining the packed audience at the evening dance at the Mertropole. All the advance tickets were sold out.

Susie Corrigan and Hayley Miller commented, ‘What a brilliant evening’s entertainment. The atmosphere was fantastic. Linda and John have worked so hard and it has paid off.

Linda said, ‘Next year will be even better. We have already starting planning the 2015 event. Anyone interested in helping, please do get in contact ’.
For further details or to book for next year’s dance, please contact Linda on 01947 605407

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Goth Music Train


Join Esk Valley Railway for a great evening on the Goth Music Train on Friday 31st October, leaving Whitby at 19.19 travelling to Middlesbrough and back. Live music and real ale with wine and soft drinks for sale. Bats and rats abound. Whitby Brewery will be providing their own brew, a potent potion called ‘Black Death’.

Tickets are the usual Esk Valley prices. Duo tickets apply from the Whitby direction only.

Kids in fancy dress and dogs are welcome. Kids travel half price, dogs go free.

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James Cook Station – open for business

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Now that the new James Cook station is open, travel into the centre of Middlesbrough in just 6-7 minutes for only £2.20 return. (Whitby £9.90 return). No need to worry about car parking… and the shops are a five minute walk away. Check out times on our website. Each station has a separate page…scroll down the page to the bottom and you will find the relevant times to and from each station.

Details of our Esk Valley Railcard are also available from our website or from local ticket offices. It is £10 a year and this entitles you to a third off fares. This railcard is specific to the line and can be purchased from Middlesbrough and Whitby Ticket Offices.

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James Cook Station Opens

James Cook Station has opened for service on Sunday 18th May. The first Northern Rail service arrived at 08.49 and the local radio station BBC Tees were live as it pulled in. The radio reporter interviewed the first passenger from Middlesbrough to get off at the new station.

During the week there will be a train every hour. The current timetable can be downloaded from Northern Rail’s website http://www.northernrail.org/travel/timetables/794700

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James Cook Station

The station is starting to look even more like – well – a station proper now as more fencing and lamp posts are up and service boxes are installed with the fittings being worked on.


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James Cook Station Platform

The platform base is done and now the work continues with the edging to the platform and fixings to the under side for associated platform furniture.


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James Cook Station platform

The base platform for the new James Cook station is now in place. The access path is now well defined with the new fencing.


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James Cook station & Steam Engines

Work is progressing on the bases for the platform and new fencing is coming on in places. The access path to the platform is becoming more apparent with the boundary fencing. The concrete pieces that will make up the platform are being stored on site next to the footbridge waiting to be installed. The highlight of the day was a charter train passing on its way to Whitby. The leading steam engine was number 61264 and it was working well to clear the path so the service train from Nunthorpe could return to Middlesbrough. The charter train was top & tailed – 61264 at the front and engine number 61994 at the rear.


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Whitby Platform 2 construction

Thanks to a process started & part funded by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway & Network Rail, construction has started on extending Platform 2 at Whitby station. This will allow 5 trains from NYMR to run each day and hopefully allow for more charter trains alongside the service trains provided by Northern Rail.

So far, the foundations are being made and also the new track has been part made in the car park next to the line.



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Summer Music and Ale Trains 2014

A mobile party, featuring musicians and a real-ale bar, runs every Friday during the summer. The proposed dates for 2014 are from 20 June to 15 August 2014 to take advantage of the long evenings to appreciate the spectacular scenery. Travel on the train departing from Whitby at 19.15 and be entertained with live music performed by local bands. Returning from Middlesbrough at 20.44, it arrives back in Whitby at 22.11. An additional service will then return to Middlesbrough at 22.25.

Apart from the glorious scenery, refreshments and live music this is an ideal way to visit local hostelries at villages along the line for a meal and a relaxing few drinks before returning on the train.

We are commencing a little earlier this year to take advantage of the lighter evenings, for passengers to appreciate fully the idyllic countryside throughout the route.

The musical line up for this year’s music and ale trains will be as follows:

  • Friday 20th June: Railroad Hobos
  • Friday 27th June: Savage Myrtles
  • Friday 4th July: Neil Robertson
  • Friday 11th July: Railroad Hobos
  • riday 18th July: Chris Parkinson and Alistair Russell
  • Friday 25th July: Railroad Hobos
  • Friday 1st August: Savage Myrtles
  • Friday 8th August: Railroad Hobos
  • Friday 15th August: Savage Myrtles
  • Friday 31st October (Halloween): Railroad Hobos

We will be serving real ale supplied by Conquest Brewery. If you wish to alight at one of the villages for a meal, please do remember to book in advance.


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