Wetherby Racecourse railway station

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Wetherby
Racecourse station - geograph.org.uk - 490332.jpg
Site of the station in 2007
Location
Place Wetherby
Area City of Leeds
Coordinates 53°55′48″N 1°21′29″W / 53.930°N 1.358°W / 53.930; -1.358Coordinates: 53°55′48″N 1°21′29″W / 53.930°N 1.358°W / 53.930; -1.358
Grid reference SE420482
Operations
Original company London and North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
British Railways (N.E. region)
Platforms 2 through
History
1924 Opened
18 May 1959[1] Last used
1962 Demolished
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Wetherby Racecourse railway station was a railway station on the Harrogate to Church Fenton Line serving Wetherby Racecourse in Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

When Wetherby's original station on York Road closed in 1902, for two decades the only rail access was via Wetherby's new station on Linton Road. This was some distance from the racecourse, involving a walk of just over 2 miles.

There was therefore a station built at Wetherby Racecourse in 1924, with a ticket booth of wooden construction, starter signals, a ground frame and a footbridge. It even boasted electrical lighting and its own nameboard.

Race specials would stop at this 'Racecourse station', about three quarters of a mile from Linton Road towards Thorp Arch. These specials came from Leeds, Doncaster and Bradford Exchange.

Reports vary as to when it closed; one report says it stayed open until 1963 with Racecourse Specials running to the station from Bradford Exchange on racedays,[2] whilst another publication states that it was last used on Whit Monday 18 May 1959 and was demolished in 1962.[3] The line closed in 1964.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 247. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ The Archive Photograph Service-Wetherby page 71 ISBN 0-7524-0328-1
  3. ^ Rogers. J. (2000) The railways of Harrogate and district, Manchester: North East Railway Association


Preceding station National Rail Historical railways Following station
Wetherby (York Road)
Line and station closed
  LNER
Harrogate to Church Fenton Line
  Thorp Arch
Line closed; station closed
The rail network in Leeds showing the LNER Cross Gates to Wetherby and Harrogate to Church Fenton Lines