Thornton Dale Station in the 1930's

Thornton Dale Station

Approaching from Pickering, Thornton Dale was preceded by a short cutting 30ft deep and about a quarter of a mile long followed by the crossing over Thornton Lane.

Thornton Dale station was the first along the line going east from Mill Lane at just over 3 miles from Pickering. The station was equipped with a coal drop split into four sections, a weighbridge and two sidings for loading and unloading of wagons.

Because there was no passing loop in the goods yard or by the platform, the sidings were set out so that shunting took place when the train was operating from Pickering to Scarborough.

The station building was built to the uniform design found along the whole of the Forge Valley Line.

In many ways Thornton Dale was the most picturesque of the stations because of its surroundings and the village to which it served. The village of Thornton Dale along with the Forge Valley north of Ayton, were considered local beauty spots and this brought many holidaymakers to the area. Before the arrival of the buses the railway carried most of these tourists.

Thornton Beck, which adds to the picturesque scene in the village, once away from the buildings flows underneath the station directly below the coal drops.

The Crossing Keeper's house was built on the east side of Thornton Beck adjacent to the station. Unlike all the other Crossing Keeper's houses which were directly next to the road, Thornton Dales was inset a good 100 yards away from the crossing gates.

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