Since we were staying by the Esk in Ruswarp, North Yorkshire Moor Trains (NYMR) passed by four times a day. So a visit and trip to the railway was near the top of list of things to visit.
We decided to join the train at Grosmont, leaving our accomodation as the first train of the day passed by on its way to Whitby. After parking and getting our ticket are Grosmont, we waited for the train from Whitby as it headed to Pickering. LMS 4-6-0 Class 5MT 45428 Eric Treacy was bringing the train in from Whitby, whilst BR 2-6-0 Class 4MT 76079 was sitting in the carriage sidings waiting to haul the next service from Grosmont to Pickering.
Finding our seats, we travelled south to Pickering, where we watch 45428 detach from the train to run-round and take the service back north.
We went for a walk round the town, and visiting the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul before have lunch. By the time we had finished lunch the next train was waiting to take us to Whitby. NER 0-8-0 Class T2/Class Q6 63395 was in charge as far at Grosmont as it was not certified to take the train to Whitby.
Once 63395 had been uncoupled from the train, and returned to the Grosmont engine shed, Class 25 diesel D7628 Sybilla was coupled up for the trip to Whitby.
The journey into Whitby took us along the Esk Valley, crossing the river nine times, past Sleights and Ruswarp (and our accomodation). Beyond Ruswrap the Esk becomes tidal and the main feature is Larpool Viaduct where the extinct Scarborough and Whitby Railway crossed the Esk.
In Whitby, there is a glazed tile mural of the North Eastern Railway network.
As there was some time before the return train to Grosmont, we went for a walk around the harbour and found The Coffee Shop for a drink and cake.
Returning to the station we caught the train back to Grosmont, where a final treat for diesel enthusiasts awaiting in the form of Class 37 37 264 to take the train from Grosmont to Pickering.
After a day on the NYMR, we headed back to our accommodation in Ruswrap.