Forge Valley Line
The Forge Valley Line was a 16 mile long branch of the North Eastern Railway between Seamer (near Scarborough, North Yorkshire) and Pickering. The line was intended to link Scarborough with Pickering. It opened in 1882 and closed in 1950, with the exception of a stretch from Pickering to Thornton Dale which remained open for quarry traffic until 1963.
The line did not pass through Forge Valley, but the station in the village of West Ayton was named after it to avoid confusion with another station—Great Ayton—already owned by the North Eastern Railway.
The line had no gradients of note, with only a few sections steeper than 1 in 100, and was single track throughout, with a passing loop at Snainton. Six stations were constructed on the line, Forge Valley, Wykeham, Sawdon, Snainton, Ebberston and Thornton Dale. Both terminus stations, Pickering and Seamer were constructed before the opening of the line.
Wykeham also survives and there are plans to restore the station itself. Whilst the other stations on the line are completely restored, Forge Valley is now currently in use by North Yorkshire County Council as a road and highways depot.
- Lidster, J. Robin (1986). The Forge Valley Line—A Railway Between Pickering And Scarborough. Hendon Publishing Co. Ltd. ISBN 0-86067-103-8.
- Bairstow, Martin (1989 & 1998). Railways Around Whitby Volume One. Martin Bairstow. ISBN 1-871944-17-1.
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