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Loftus, previously Lofthouse, was a railway station on the Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway. It was opened on 1 April 1875 as the terminus of a line from Saltburn, and served the town of Loftus. When the line to Whitby was opened on 3 December 1883, it became a through station with two platforms and a goods yard consisting of three sidings. It closed to passenger traffic on 2 May 1960 and goods traffic on 12 August 1963;[1] the tracks through the station were lifted in 1964.

Loftus
Loftus railway station (site), Yorkshire (geograph 3275444).jpg
Site of the former station with stationmaster's house, 2009
Location
PlaceLoftus
AreaRedcar and Cleveland
Coordinates54°33′08″N 0°53′38″W / 54.552236°N 0.894000°W / 54.552236; -0.894000Coordinates: 54°33′08″N 0°53′38″W / 54.552236°N 0.894000°W / 54.552236; -0.894000
Grid referenceNZ716180
Operations
Original companyWR&MUR
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Platforms2
History
1875Opened
1960Closed to passengers
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

Though a single track was relaid from Skinningrove by 1 April 1974 to allow freight trains to reach Boulby Mine, the station remains closed, and most buildings have been demolished. The stationmaster's house is now a private residence, the large brick-build goods shed also remains standing.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ken Mell. "Disused Stations: Loftus Station". Retrieved 12 June 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (2010). 'A more spectacular example of a loss-making branch would be hard to find.' A financial history of the Whitby-Loftus line 1871-1958 (M.A. thesis). University of York.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (2012). The Whitby-Loftus Line. Jet Coast Development Trust. ISBN 978-0-9567890-1-3.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (March 2013). "The Whitby - Loftus line: "a more spectacular example of a loss-making branch would be hard to find." Is this really the case?". Journal of the Railway and Canal Historical Society (216): 33–46.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (November 2013). "The Viaducts and Tunnels of the Whitby-Loftus Line". Journal of the Railway and Canal Historical Society (218): 33–47.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (January 2014). "The Tunnels and Viaducts of the Whitby-Loftus line". Forgotten Relics of an Enterprising Age.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (March 2014). "A Difficult Year in the History of the Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway". Journal of the Railway and Canal Historical Society (219): 32–41.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (November 2014). "Closing a line before Beeching: the end of the Whitby-Loftus line". Journal of the Railway and Canal Historical Society (221): 149–58.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (November 2015). "The importance of fieldwork in researching railway history". Journal of the Railway and Canal Historical Society (224): 377–87.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (Summer 2016). "The Suez Specials". The Gresley Observer. The Gresley Society (169): 19–27.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (Summer 2017). "How the Coast Line could have been saved". The Gresley Observer. The Gresley Society (172): 32–33.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (November 2018). "The costs of working a failing branch line: a financial study of the Whitby - Loftus line, 1910-1933". Journal of the Railway and Canal Historical Society (233): 351–62.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (2019). The Whitby-Loftus Line. The Oakwood Press. ISBN 978-0-85361-542-2. Locomotion Papers 244.
  • Williams, Michael Aufrère (Autumn 2019). "Seconds from disaster". The Gresley Observer. The Gresley Society (179): 88–92.

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Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Skinningrove   Whitby Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway   Grinkle