Grosmont railway station

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Grosmont National Rail
Grosmont railway station MMB 06.jpg
Local authorityScarborough
Coordinates54°26′10″N 0°43′30″W / 54.436°N 0.725°W / 54.436; -0.725Coordinates: 54°26′10″N 0°43′30″W / 54.436°N 0.725°W / 54.436; -0.725
Grid referenceNZ828052
Station codeGMT
Managed byNorthern (Esk Valley Line) North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR)
Number of platforms4
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 17,912
2014/15Decrease 16,144
2015/16Decrease 15,172
2016/17Decrease 13,514
2017/18Increase 13,912
Original companyWhitby and Pickering Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
8 June 1835 (1835-06-08)Opened as Tunnel Inn
by June 1847Renamed Grosmont
8 March 1965Closed
22 April 1973Reopened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Grosmont from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Grosmont railway station serves the village of Grosmont in the North York Moors, North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the Esk Valley Line which serves one platform and is operated by Northern who provide the station's passenger services.[1][2]

The Whitby and Pickering Railway built a line through Grosmont in 1835, and the present station was constructed in 1845, under York and North Midland Railway ownership. The main part of the station closed in 1965, and served trains to and from Pickering and Malton. It was re-opened in 1973 by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a heritage railway which operates passenger services between Whitby and Pickering. The station is also a stop on the Network Rail-owned Whitby to Middlesbrough Esk Valley Line.

The station appeared several times in the television series Heartbeat.


In 1835 a railway was brought to Grosmont by the Whitby and Pickering Railway and its engineer George Stephenson. It was a horse-worked line and opened from Whitby as far as Grosmont (then known as 'Tunnel' from the tunnel required to pass from Grosmont towards Beckhole) in 1835.[3]

From 1900 to 1924 iron ore extraction resulted in the whole area under Grosmont station being mined, on the 'pillar and stall' method; the railway company (the NER) simply bought the ironstone under the station house and the river bridge and made preparations to deal with subsidence elsewhere.

In 1845 the railway was sold to George Hudson's York and North Midland Railway (Y&NMR); additional parliamentary powers were obtained (by the W&P) to make various improvements to its alignment and to permit the introduction of steam power and the line was converted from single into a fully double track steam powered railway. The first steam engine entered Whitby in July 1847. At Grosmont a new wider tunnel and bridge were constructed, probably to designs of John Cass Birkinshaw, and a G.T. Andrews designed railway station was built, creating Grosmont's first true station.

In 1854 the Y&NMR was one of the three railway companies that came together to form the North Eastern Railway (NER). In 1865 a deviation line on the route to Pickering opened, to avoid the cable-worked incline at Beckhole; a new connection was made from Castleton to Grosmont (now part of the Esk Valley Line), making Grosmont into a junction.

The NER built a short terrace of cottages just south of the tunnel; these were used by the NYMR to house volunteers from but were demolished in 1989 to allow extensions to its running shed and workshops.[4]

The Whitby to Pickering line closed in March 1965,[5] and was re-opened as the heritage North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 1973.[6] As of 2013 the line between Whitby and Middlesbrough via Castleton and Battersby is operated as the Esk Valley Line under the control of Network Rail.[7][8]


Northern: Mondays to Saturdays, there are four trains per day in each direction to Whitby and Middlesbrough. A Sunday service of four trains each way (including through trains to and from Darlington and Newcastle) operates throughout the year.[9] There is also a late Friday evening service in summer, which will daily (except Sundays) from the December 2019 timetable change.[10]

North Yorkshire Moors: services to Pickering (and Whitby) operate daily from Easter until the end of October, and on some other dates depending on the time of year.

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  1. ^ "How to find Grosmont Station". Grosmont Station Group. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Route of the Esk Valley Railway - Grosmont". Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  3. ^ Vanns, Michael A (2017). The North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Barnsley: Pen & Sword. p. 13. ISBN 9781473892088.
  4. ^ Vanns, Michael A (2017). The North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Barnsley: Pen & Sword. pp. 74–75. ISBN 9781473892088.
  5. ^ Winn, Christopher (2010). I never knew that about Yorkshire. London: Ebury. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-09-193313-5.
  6. ^ "Remembering a lifetime spent 'chasing' steam". The Whitby Gazette. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  7. ^ "ESK VALLEY RAILWAY LINE REOPENS FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL TRACK RENEWAL". Network Rail Media Centre. 14 February 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Esk Valley Line (Whitby - Middlesbrough)" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  9. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 5: Middlesbrough to Whitby 19 May - 14 December 2019Northern Rail website; Retrieved 20 May 2019
  10. ^ Northern Timetable 5 - Middlesbrough to Whitby (Esk Valley Railway) 15 December 2019 - 16 May 2020 Northern, retrieved 21 November 2019


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Historic structures[edit]

Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
Heritage Railways  Heritage railways
Goathland   North Yorkshire Moors Railway   Whitby
Disused railways
Beckhole   NER
Grosmont Old Branch