Early Proposals

The name 'Forge Valley' came from an earlier proposal first mentioned in the 'Scarborough Mercury' of August 20th 1864, that in conjunction with the proposals to build the 'Scarborough & Whitby Railway', another line would be built from 'Pickering via Ebberston, Snainton, Brompton, Wykeham and Ayton, up the Forge Valley to Hackness and down the cut bank to meet the Whitby line at Scalby'.

Because the then planned Scarborough & Whitby Railway was not built in 1864, nothing more was heard of until 1872, when construction actually started on the coast line. In the Scarborough & Whitby Railway's board minute book on November 4th 1872, it was recorded that the outline was submitted to construct a railway from Ayton through the Forge Valley to meet up with the Scarborough & Whitby Railway at Scalby. The board approved the plans to build the line, as it was thought it would be an important feeder to the Scarborough & Whitby Line.

The estimate of expenses to build the line was drawn up on the 31st December 1872. The total cost was almost £35,000, of which £4,500 was for purchase of land and existing buildings, £13,250 for permanent way and fencing, and £2,300 for the stations.

The railway was planned to run through some property of the Lord Londesborough and due to some objections by his Lordship, the promoters withdrew the Bill to have the line built.

It was not surprising that at the same time the monopolistic North Eastern Railway applied for powers to construct the line between Pickering and Scarborough. Once the Bill was withdrawn they were in no hurry to build the line. It was nine years before it was actually opened.