So, when two steam engines lined up alongside each other at the town’s station – the first time this has happened in more than half a century – there were predictably large crowds along the route.
The engines headed out of the coastal town to Grosmont, with passengers having been able to see the trains prepared and made ready for the launch as well as ride on the footplate.
The first route comes ahead of the launch of a new public timetable today which will run for the coming weeks.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is still the only heritage railway in the UK that runs over both the network rail and their own heritage line.
A spokesman said: “We would love to have your presence at this monumental moment in the history of the NYMR, bringing more trains into Whitby since the line to Malton was axed through Beeching and creating more jobs and bringing more income into North Yorkshire.”
For more information visit www.nymr.co.uk.