Horton-in-Ribblesdale railway station
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The station was completed by the Midland Railway in 1876 and was opened for the use of passengers on 1 May. It was initially named Horton. The London Midland and Scottish Railway absorbed the Midland Railway on 1 January 1923 and renamed the station as Horton-in-Ribblesdale on 26 September 1927.
The station is currently (2016) served and managed by Northern as are all the trains calling at the station. It is unstaffed, with no ticket vending facilities (so tickets can only be purchased in advance or on the train). The station waiting room is open for public use, having been restored by the Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust in 2002 as part of a wider refurbishment of the main buildings on the eastern side (other parts of the building are rented out for commercial use).
It is located near to Pen-y-ghent, one of the mountains known collectively as the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The station and the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale is located 850 feet above sea level, per the decorative station information board, and is approximately 6 miles (10 km) north of Settle.
In the 1950s and 1960s under stationmaster Taylor, Horton won the Best Kept Station award for seventeen consecutive years. The station lost its passenger service on 4 May 1970, but reopened in July 1986, along with several other local stations on the line under British Rail.
The platforms are linked by a barrow crossing and are both lower than standard (though the southbound one has been partially raised to improve access to trains); there is no step-free access. Train running information is available via telephone and timetable posters.
It gets about one train every two hours in each direction — southbound to Leeds (seven in total) and northbound to Carlisle (eight, plus one evening train that terminates at Ribblehead). The total is slightly imbalanced as certain services do not stop here. There is an extra train to Leeds on Saturdays, whilst there are five trains a day to both Leeds and Carlisle on Sundays (one of the former now continues to Sheffield and Nottingham).
Dalesrail trains between Blackpool/Preston and Carlisle (one each way) also serve the station during the summer months. Northbound services terminated short at Armathwaite (with replacement buses from there to Carlisle) until the end of March 2017 due to ongoing repair work to a major landslip at Eden Brows (near Cotehill). A full timetable resumed on 31 March 2017, when the Armathwaite to Carlisle section reopened to traffic.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Butt, p. 123
- Butt, p. 123
- "Notes by the Way". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. British Newspaper Archive. 1 November 1884. Retrieved 12 July 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
- Stations - Horton-In-Ribblesdale Settle-Carlisle Railway website; Retrieved 23 November 2016
- Kevin Law (2003–2006). "Helwith Bridge to Horton in Ribblesdale". The Settle & Carlisle Railway. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
- "Settle - Carlisle Line Key Events". Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
- Horton-in-Ribblesdale Station Information Northern station page; Retrieved 25 November 2016
- GB National Rail Timetable May 2018; Table 42
Media related to Horton-in-Ribblesdale railway station at Wikimedia Commons
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