Thompson B1 steam Locomotive 61264 at Battersby
B1 Locomotive 61264 at Battersby station with 'The Whitby Flyer'

On Saturday 14 April 2018 i visited Battersby station in North Yorkshire to photograph 'The Whitby Flyer' steam charter.

After the train had passed through i had some time to look around before my train home, and while at fist sight this is just another small country station miles from anywhere there are signs that this was once a much larger station.

Battersby station buildings
Battersby Station platform main buildings

If you look closely it soon becomes obvious that there were two through platforms and a bay in the direction of Whitby, there is also a well preserved NER water tower dating from 1907. The main station buildings are of a similar design to a lot of North East stations and is now a private home, as is the station masters house. There is also an unusually large number of railway cottages for a small station (arround 30 in 2 terraces) and it has it's own water tank mounted upon a brick base.

The station now only serves trains between Middlesbrough and Whitby and trains have to reverse out in the same direction which they entered, there is only one platform in use although there is still a passing loop for locomotives to 'run round' a train and as it is only a single line section between Great Ayton and Glaisdale, train crew still have to deposit and obtain 'Tokens' form an old fashioned Tyer Electric token instrument housed in a metal cabinet on the platform.

Water Tank
Station Water Tank

The station was first opened in 1868 and was known as Ingleby Junction when the Picton line was extended from Ingleby to Nunthorpe. This was later changed to Battersby Junction in 1878 to avoid confusion with Ingleby station. Originally the station had two platforms connected by a footbridge, a bay platform in the direction of Whitby, a 3 road engine shed, turntable, two water towers and a signal box along with extensive marshalling sidings. There was also a separate junction for a mineral railway to iron ore quarries in the Rosedale valley.

Following the end of iron ore extraction the engine shed and marshalling yards closed in 1895 and the site has been used for storing coaching stock and withdrawn locomotives. The line to Picton closed in 1954 which left the station with only a single road in and out. The majority of the sidings, engine shed and signal box was demolished in 1965 leaving only the station buildings and water tank.

NR 1907 water crane
NER 1907 Water crane.
Battersby station car park
Car park entrance where the engine shed and turntable once stood