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Northallerton Town railway station

Northallerton Town railway station was a railway station on the Leeds Northern Railway just north-east of the present day Northallerton railway station. The station was open for only four years before an amalgamation of railway companies, and the re-routing of the trains through Northallerton station, precipitated its closure.

Northallerton Town
Northallerton Town railway station (LNR).jpg
Northallerton Town station building
Location
PlaceNorthallerton
AreaDistrict of Hambleton
Coordinates54°20′43″N 1°26′22″W / 54.345387°N 1.439517°W / 54.345387; -1.439517Coordinates: 54°20′43″N 1°26′22″W / 54.345387°N 1.439517°W / 54.345387; -1.439517
Grid referenceSE365945
Operations
Pre-groupingLeeds Northern Railway
Post-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
History
2 June 1852 (1852-06-02)Station opened
1 January 1856 (1856-01-01)Station closed
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

HistoryEdit

The first railway to reach Northallerton was the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway (YN&B) in 1841.[1] The YN&B opened a railway station on that line, which is still in the same location today and is the only mainline station in Northallerton.[2] The Leeds Northern Railway (LNR) extended their line from what would become Melmerby Junction to Stockton via Northallerton, which opened in June 1852 with Northallerton Town opening on the same day as the line.[3] The two lines ran parallel to each other but at different levels, with the YN&B running on an embankment to the east of the LNR. The LNR line was routed under the YN&B just north of Northallerton station with the LNR station located on the north-eastern edge of town where the Low Gates level crossing still is.[4]

In 1854, new platforms on the LNR were opened adjacent to Northallerton Station linked by a path which were called Northallerton Low.[5] In July of the same year, the two companies (and one other, the York & North Midland) amalgamated to form the North Eastern Railway and in January 1856, a new spur was opened between the Leeds Northern Line and the high level Northallerton station, making Northallerton Town railway station redundant.[4]

The station was retained for goods traffic[6] with it being reduced to a public delivery siding in 1968.[7] Whilst it has been altered many time over the intervening years, the station building survives as a retail space,[8][9] but the platform has gone with two of the former goods sidings still extant as engineers sidings.[10] The line through the site is still open and is part of the Northallerton–Eaglescliffe line.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cobb, M H (2003). The railways of Great Britain : a historical atlas at a scale of 1 inch to 1 mile vol. 2 (2 ed.). Shepperton: Ian Allan Publishing. p. 436. ISBN 0711030030.
  2. ^ "Northallerton Railway Station (NTR) - The ABC Railway Guide". abcrailwayguide.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The directory of railway stations : details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present. Sparkford: Stephens. p. 172. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.
  4. ^ a b "Disused Stations: Northallerton Low Level Station". www.disused-stations.org.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  5. ^ Chapman 2010, p. 78.
  6. ^ Suggitt, Gordon (2005). Lost railways of North and East Yorkshire. Newbury: Countryside Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-85306-918-5.
  7. ^ Chapman 2010, p. 80.
  8. ^ "Northallerton Conservation Area Appraisal" (PDF). www.hambleton.gov.uk. 21 December 2010. p. 34. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  9. ^ Bridgen, Mike (28 January 2011). "Full steam ahead as firm opens kitchen showroom". Darlington and Stockton Times. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  10. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (2016). Railway Track Diagrams 2; Eastern (4 ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-9549866-8-1.

SourcesEdit

  • Chapman, Stephen (2010). Northallerton, Ripon & Wensleydale. Todmorden: Bellcode Books. ISBN 978-1-871233-23-0.

External linksEdit

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Northallerton (Low)
Station closed; Line open
  Leeds Northern Railway
North TransPennine
  Brompton
Station closed; Line open