Battersby railway station
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Battersby railway station serves the village of Battersby in North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the Esk Valley Line 11 miles (18 km) south of Middlesbrough and is operated by Northern which provides all of the station's passenger services.
Battersby is unusual on the British railway network, due to the layout of the tracks. Formerly the place where the branch from Middlesbrough joined the through route from Whitby to Picton (on the Stockton to Northallerton portion of the former Leeds Northern Railway), the closure of the direct line west of Battersby in 1954 means that all services have to reverse in the station. Until the rationalisation of the signalling in the late 1980s it was common for two trains to do so at the same time, in order to pass each other on the single track Esk Valley line. Trains can still pass each other in the one remaining platform, using the "first in, last out" principle, as the platform line is signalled to permit two trains to occupy it at once.
In its early years Battersby was known as Ingleby junction, and opened on the Picton to Grosmont line in 1858 when the Ingleby Mining company's private line first linked to the North Yorkshire & Cleveland Railway. The station was renamed to Battersby Junction in 1878 to avoid confusion with Ingleby station, on the Picton Branch, which ran from Battersby to the main line at Picton. The station was simplified to "Battersby" in 1893 (The NER had a dislike of "Junction" suffixes and removed most of them). Despite being located along single track routes, Battersby became a major hub with extensive marshalling sidings and three-road engine shed with turntable. Two terraces with 30 cottages along with two houses were built and still stand today.
Battersby used to have three platforms: two long through platforms connected by a central footbridge and a shorter bay platform with a run-round loop. Water towers were located at both ends of the station. Only the one at the current "junction end" remains today. The signal box located here has long since vanished, but traces of the third platform are still visible and a run-round loop is available for loco-hauled trains.
The service from here was improved at the May 2018 timetable change, with two extra services to Middlesbrough and one to Danby added to the established timetable of four Middlesbrough to Whitby trains in each direction (the other service from Middlesbrough terminates and turns back here). Some trains continue on to Newcastle Central via the Durham Coast Line.
There is also a Sunday service of four trains in each direction throughout the year (from the December 2017 timetable change).
View of the former Picton line and disused platform 2 (to left)
- Hoole, K. (1983). Railways of the North York Moors: Dalesman Books. ISBN 0-85206-731-3
- Hayes R.H. & Rutter, J.G. (1974). Rosedale Mines and Railway: Scarborough and District Archeological Society. Research Report No. 9
- Table 45 National Rail timetable, December 2018
- "Esk Valley Railway : Northern Rail Timetable". Esk Valley Railway Development Company. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
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