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Masham railway station was the terminus of the Melmerby to Masham branch line serving the town of Masham in North Yorkshire, England. It was on the eastern side of the River Ure, so as such, was actually in Burton-on-Ure. The line operated between 1875 and 1931 for passenger traffic, but was retained for minimal freight train use until 1963.

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Former station site, Masham
(Borough of Harrogate since 1974)
Coordinates54°13′33″N 1°38′41″W / 54.22583°N 1.64472°W / 54.22583; -1.64472Coordinates: 54°13′33″N 1°38′41″W / 54.22583°N 1.64472°W / 54.22583; -1.64472
Grid referenceSE232811
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
9 June 1875 (1875-06-09)Station opened
1 January 1931 (1931-01-01)Station closed to passengers
11 November 1963 (1963-11-11)station closed completely
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain



Masham station opened on the same day as the line did, with services commencing on 9 June 1875.[1] The population at the time of opening was just over 3,600, but the station retained healthy outward traffic in the form of timber and livestock.[2]

The station was located on the left bank of the River Ure, 1-mile (1.6 km) away from Masham[3] in the neighbouring parish of Burton-on-Ure rather than across the river in Masham itself.[4] In 1901, a narrow gauge railway was built for the purposes of constructing reservoirs in Colsterdale, which meant that a section of railway then went north from the station crossing the river, but it bypassed the town of Masham to the north.[5]

The station area had a single-road locomotive shed which stabled the one steam engine used on the four daily out and back workings to Ripon. After closure to passengers, the branch was normally worked by a locomotive from Starbeck Shed in Harrogate.[6] When Starbeck shed closed in 1959, the branch was worked by an engine from York.[7]

In October 1908, an over laden train ran through the station and across the Melmerby to Masham road (now the A6108) and into the narrow gauge exchange yard just north of the road. The wagons were badly damaged, but there were no injuries or deaths. The driver had lost control on the 1-in-61 gradient into the station's goods yard.[8]

The station was closed to passengers in January 1931, but continued receiving deliveries of small amounts of goods traffic until 1963. The issue of the railway being open just to deliver coal to the stationmasters and fresh water to the crossing keeper's cottages was raised in Parliament by the MP for Darlington at that time.[9][10]

The station buildings are now private dwellings and the goods shed has since been converted into a cafe and gallery.[11] A blue plaque adorns the side of the good shed commemorating the Leeds Pals, who arrived by train at Masham station in September 1914 and marched up to Colsterdale to begin their training for war.[12]


  1. ^ Body, Geoffrey (1989). Railways of the Eastern Region. Wellingborough: Stephens. p. 79. ISBN 1-85260-072-1.
  2. ^ Hoole, K. (1985). Railway stations of the North East. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. p. 176. ISBN 0-7153-8527-5.
  3. ^ Ellis, Norman (1995). North Yorkshire railway stations. Ochiltree: R. Stenlake. p. 71. ISBN 1-872074-63-4.
  4. ^ "Genuki: MASHAM: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1890., Yorkshire (North Riding)". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ Burgess, Neil (2011). The lost railways of Yorkshire's North Riding. Catrine: Stenlake. p. 25. ISBN 9781840335552.
  6. ^ Suggitt, Gordon (2005). Lost railways of North and East Yorkshire. Newbury: Countryside Books. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-85306-918-5.
  7. ^ Chapman, Stephen (2011). Harrogate & Wetherby. Todmorden: Bellcode. p. 21. ISBN 978-1871233-24-7.
  8. ^ Hoole 1985, p. 52.
  9. ^ "RAILWAYS (BURTON-LEICESTER LINE) (Hansard, 12 November 1962)". Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  10. ^ Blakemore, Michael (2005). Railways of the Yorkshire Dales. Ilkley: Great Northern Books. p. 36. ISBN 1-905080-03-4.
  11. ^ "Disused Stations: Masham Station". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Leeds Pals Memorial Blue Plaque - War Memorials Online". Retrieved 6 July 2018.


  • Hoole, Ken (1985). Railways in the Yorkshire Dales. Clapham, North Yorkshire: Dalesman Books. ISBN 0-85206-826-3.
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station closed
  North Eastern Railway
Masham branch
Line and station closed

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