Bedale railway station

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Bedale
BedaleStation(MarkHarrington)May2005.jpg
Location
PlaceBedale
AreaHambleton
Coordinates54°17′20″N 1°35′17″W / 54.289°N 1.588°W / 54.289; -1.588Coordinates: 54°17′20″N 1°35′17″W / 54.289°N 1.588°W / 54.289; -1.588
Grid referenceSE269882
Operations
Original companyYork, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Managed byWensleydale Railway
Pre-groupingNorth Eastern Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
Platforms1
History
1 February 1855Opened
26 April 1954Closed
2004Reopened
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Bedale railway station is a Railway Station on the Wensleydale Railway and serves the town of Bedale in North Yorkshire, England.

History[edit]

First opened by the Bedale and Leyburn Railway in November 1855, the station very nearly did not get built at all as the initial plans for the Leeming to Leyburn route would have completely bypassed the town.[1] This problem was subsequently corrected (following a major outcry in the locality) and by May 1856, passenger services had started running between Northallerton and Leyburn. These were subsequently extended to Hawes and Hawes Junction (later Garsdale) by the North Eastern Railway in 1878.

Bedale Station in 1961

Although the section between Bedale and Leeming was doubled by the turn of the century, the station never received a second platform as the line became single again before passing through it and the adjacent level crossing. Services were always modest at best, with a basic timetable of between five and seven trains each way operating right up until the closure of the line to passengers in April 1954,[2] less than a decade after British Railways took over the line upon nationalisation of the UK network.

The platform was given a moderate facelift in 1970 when the Royal Train was stabled overnight in the station. The Queen was on a ceremonial visit to the nearby Catterick military complex.[3]

The station remained open for goods traffic for many years after the cessation of passenger trains (until 1982) and even then the platform and signal box survived (the latter to supervise the crossing and the last remaining passing loop on the otherwise single track route). Limestone trains from Redmire to the steelworks at Redcar ended in December 1992, but the line was subsequently retained for use by the Ministry of Defence to move military hardware to and from Catterick Garrison via a new transshipment facility at Redmire.

Preservation[edit]

Bedale signal box in service during 2014

The Wensleydale Railway Company took over the station after leasing the branch from Railtrack in the spring of 2003, with services returning to Bedale in 2004 for the first time in 50 years. The WRC use the surviving station building and the adjacent brick-built signal box.

Trains currently operate between Leeming and Redmire, but the company hopes to eventually rebuild the currently derelict section of the line west of Redmire and run services all the way from Northallerton to Garsdale. The Class 31 D5584 diesel locomotive shown in the heading image was operating a Sunday evening special.

The signal box[edit]

The signal box and the station are actually in Aiskew by Parish boundary definitions (the traditional parish boundary was Bedale Beck).[4] However, the signal box was given Grade II Listed Status in February 1993 and as such, it is now in the Bedale Conservation area.[5] The box is believed to have been designed by G T Andrews.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Wensleydale Railway at Railways of Britain Archived 8 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 6 November 2008
  2. ^ Body, G. (1988), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1; p. 144
  3. ^ Goode, C T (1980). "The Route". The Wensleydale Branch. Trowbridge: Oakwood Press. p. 13. ISBN 9780853612650. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Bedale Parish Boundaries". GENUKI. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Bedale Conservation Area Appraisal Supplementary Planning Document" (PDF). Hambleton.gov. 2:3:5. 21 December 2010. p. 5. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Signal Box opposite Park House". Historic England. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
Preceding station Heritage Railways  Heritage railways Following station
Finghall   Wensleydale Railway   Leeming Bar
  Historical railways  
Crakehall
Line open, station closed
  North Eastern Railway
York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
  Leeming Bar
Line and station open