Thirsk Town railway station

Thirsk Town was a railway station that briefly served passengers for Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England in the 1840s and 1850s. It was closed to passengers in 1855 but continued in freight use until October 1966. Trains could leave the site only south-eastwards onto the Leeds Northern Railway towards Ripon, but a reversal was possible into Thirsk railway station after crossing the main line between York and Darlington.

Thirsk Town
LocationThirsk, Hambleton
Coordinates54°13′51″N 1°20′50″W / 54.2308°N 1.3471°W / 54.2308; -1.3471Coordinates: 54°13′51″N 1°20′50″W / 54.2308°N 1.3471°W / 54.2308; -1.3471
Other information
Original companyLeeds and Thirsk Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
1 June 1848 (1848-06-01)Opened as Thirsk Town
June 1852Renamed Thirsk
December 1855 (1855-12)Closed to passengers
3 October 1966closed for freight


The station was opened with the line in January 1848 and initially only served freight traffic with passenger trains starting in June of the same year.[1] Passenger trains continued to use the station for seven years until all workings were diverted to serve Thirsk railway station (on the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway) leaving only freight trains serving Thirsk Town terminus.[2]

The station was part of the Leeds and Thirsk Railway, which became the Leeds Northern Railway and in 1854 amalgamated with other companies to form the North Eastern Railway (NER).[3] The NER was grouped into the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923[4] and became part of the North Eastern Region of British Rail upon Nationalisation in 1948.[5]

The original Leeds and Thirsk line was closed in 1958 and lifted in 1959. The goods station at Thirsk Town stayed open until October 1966[6] with trains travelling down to Thirsk Town Junction and then reversing northwards for 0.5 mi (0.80 km) onto the East Coast Main Line and into Thirsk railway station.[7]

The site was used as an agricultural merchants after closure and was renovated into a supermarket, which still occupies the site.[8]


  1. ^ "Disused Stations:Thirsk Town Station". Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  2. ^ Burgess, Neil (2011). The lost railways of Yorkshire's North Riding. Catrine: Stenlake. p. 27. ISBN 9781840335552.
  3. ^ Weaver Tomlinson 1915, pp. 525–526.
  4. ^ King, David. "At The Grouping". Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  5. ^ "British Railways: North Eastern Region – Graces Guide". Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  6. ^ Cobb, M H (2005). The railways of Great Britain, a historical atlas at the scale of 1 inch to 1 mile (2 ed.). Shepperton, Surrey: Ian Allan Pub. p. 424. ISBN 9780711030022.
  7. ^ Weaver Tomlinson 1915, p. 489.
  8. ^ Barron, Peter (24 March 2017). "Righting Beeching's wrong". Darlington & Stockton Times (12–2017). p. 33. ISSN 2040-3933.


Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Line and station closed
  North Eastern Railway
Leeds Northern Railway

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