Tadcaster railway station

Coordinates: 53°53′00″N 1°16′11″W / 53.8832°N 1.2697°W / 53.8832; -1.2697
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Site of the former station (2019)
General information
LocationTadcaster, North Yorkshire
Coordinates53°53′00″N 1°16′11″W / 53.8832°N 1.2697°W / 53.8832; -1.2697
Grid referenceSE482432
Other information
Original companyYork and North Midland Railway to 1854
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway 1854–1923
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway 1923–1948, British Railways (N.E region) 1948 to closure
Key dates
1964Closed to passengers
1966Closed to freight

Tadcaster railway station was on the Harrogate to Church Fenton Line in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England.


The station opened in 1848 as part of the Harrogate to Church Fenton Line of the York and North Midland Railway.[1] Another line from Copmanthorpe to Cross Gates was authorised in 1846 and would have joined the line from Harrogate just north of Tadcaster station, but this project failed after the construction of the viaduct across the River Wharfe; earthworks marking the proposed line are still visible running eastward parallel with the A659 past what is now the Gallows Hill estate,[2] but the only line laid was a short goods spur across the viaduct to a corn mill near the site of the modern-day Sainsbury's supermarket, adjacent to Tadcaster Bridge.[3] This short branch line is marked as still extant on the 1947 New Popular Edition Ordnance Survey map.[4] The viaduct is now crossed by a public footpath.

Unlike other railway stations on the line, Tadcaster had fully enclosed platforms under a single station canopy. The station building was designed by G. T. Andrews in Gothic style. A lattice footbridge connected the platforms. There were two signal boxes. The northern one controlled the level crossing north of the station and some private sidings beyond it, the southern one which appears to have been closed and dismantled by 1909 controlled the goods yard tracks. The station had a goods office, a goods shed, and an adjacent water tower. Malt houses, breweries, and a flour mill were major freight customers. Much of the passenger traffic resulted from special trains for the students of Tadcaster Grammar School; the number of advertised passenger services was low.[5]

During the 1870s Tadcaster Station was served by six timetabled passenger services in each direction on Mondays to Saturdays (there were no Sunday trains), but by the 1950s there was only one daily passenger train toward Harrogate and one toward Church Fenton. The station closed to passenger traffic on 6 January 1964; goods traffic ended on 30 November 1966.[1] The site was bought by Tadcaster Rural Council, and after obtaining permission in 1971 it was completely demolished, with some of the stonework being reclaimed for new housing in the town.[5]

Nothing now remains of the station and the site now forms part of an industrial estate just off Station Road with much of the trackbed in the area now largely removed, built on or integrated into the fields which it used to run over. Part of the trackbed is still visible over a bridge over the River Wharfe at nearby Boston Spa.

Sustrans are/were maintaining the line from Thorp Arch northwards past the site of the former Wetherby Racecourse Station to just short of the site of the former Wetherby (Goods) Station.

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Line closed; station closed
  Harrogate to Church Fenton Line   Newton Kyme
Line closed; station closed

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Tadcaster Station (497618)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Google Maps".
  3. ^ "Georeferenced Maps - Map images - National Library of Scotland".
  4. ^ "New Popular Edition Maps".
  5. ^ a b Nick Catford (26 May 2017). "Tadcaster". Disused Stations.


  • Rogers, J. (2000), The railways of Harrogate and district, North East Railway Association

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