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Sandsend railway station was a railway station on the Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway. It was opened on 3 December 1883, and served the villages of Sandsend and Lythe. It closed on 5 May 1958. The station building is now a private residence.[1]

Sandsend
Sandsend railway station (site), Yorkshire, 1981 (geograph 3276292).jpg
The former station in 1981
Location
PlaceSandsend
AreaScarborough
Coordinates54°30′15″N 0°40′26″W / 54.504200°N 0.674000°W / 54.504200; -0.674000Coordinates: 54°30′15″N 0°40′26″W / 54.504200°N 0.674000°W / 54.504200; -0.674000
Grid referenceNZ859129
Operations
Original companyWR&MUR
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Platforms1
History
1883Opened
1958Closed
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

The station had a single platform, a brick station building which included the stationmaster's house, and a single siding serving coal drops (now converted into garages) behind the station. On this siding, camping coaches were stationed in later years. A passing loop was never added because of the extensive works it would have required. A small goods yard with a warehouse and a two-ton crane was situated a short distance away from the station towards Whitby.[1]

Sandsend Viaduct was sited immediately south of the station. The pillbox which was built in World War II to defend the bridge is still in place.[1]

In popular cultureEdit

In the 1947 British comedy drama Holiday Camp, the opening shots of a train arriving at a seaside cliff-top station and passengers boarding buses outside the station were filmed at Sandsend.[2][3]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Kettleness   Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway   Whitby West Cliff

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Ken Mell. "Sandsend Railway Station". Disused Stations. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Holiday Camp". REELSTREETS. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ Horton, Glyn (2009). Horton's guide to britain's railways in feature films. Kettering: Silver Link Pub. pp. 89–90. ISBN 9781857943344.

Further readingEdit

  • Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory Of Railway Stations. Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.
  • 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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