Key developments, events and changes relating to the York to Scarborough railway line and Castle Howard Station. Click on the links in the right-hand column for more in-depth text or relevant online content.
More specific information about incidents that occurred at the Station or nearby can be found on the ‘Newspaper Reports’ page. This page contains published articles dating from 1845 extracted from press archives.
Proposal for a railway between York and Scarborough
Idea put forward at a public meeting at Scarborough Town Hall, addressed by George Hudson and George Stephenson. Scheme approved by the York & North Midland Railway but deferred in favour of advancing progress on the Darlington to Newcastle line.
York to Scarborough railway line opens.
All stations and railway properties were designed by respected architect George Townsend Andrews. Due to the noble residence of the same name, Castle Howard Station received special attention by Andrews to create with elaborate Italianate styling, one of the most imposing station buildings on the line.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert arrive by train at Castle Howard Station
The Royal party stay at Castle Howard at the invitation of the Earl of Carlisle. The visit attracted many loyal subjects to see their Queen and the event was well documented by the Illustrated London News. Two days later the Queen continued her journey north by train to officially open the new Newcastle Central Station and the Royal Borders Bridge at Berwick.
Source: Illustrated London News
North Eastern Railway (NER)
An amalgamation of smaller companies and individual lines into a single railway company, which had a near monopoly in Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland. NER controlled principle stations at York and Newcastle and a crucial section of the east coast main line.
London and North Eastern Railway (LNER)
As part of the grouping under the Railways Act 1921, the LNER was created to become the largest railway company in Britain, controlling a total route of 6,590 miles, including the east coast main line from London to Scotland.
Castle Howard Station closes to passenger traffic
Scarborough’s popularity as a seaside destination, increases the demand for greater numbers of fast excursion express trains. To facilitate the need for faster trains, all but a few major stations on the York to Scarborough line close to passenger traffic, although Castle Howard Station is still operated for local freight movements.
Waiting shed let as a holiday cottage
After the station closure the redundant wooden waiting shed on the up platform to York is let as a holiday cottage. For the next twenty years or more the holiday cottage was popular with families that wanted to explore the surrounding countryside including nearby Kirkham Priory and Castle Howard. Photograph shows a happy family from Sunderland holidaying at Castle Howard Station during the 1950's.
© Ken Hoole
British Railways formed under nationalisation of railways
The York to Scarborough line is now part of British Railways North Eastern Region.
Station finally closes to freight traffic
Twenty nine years after passenger services ceased at Castle Howard Station, all freight workings came to an end. For 114 years the station has served the needs of farmers, merchants, the ordinary travelling public, nobility and even Royalty.
Station signal box decommissioned and platforms removed
Now that the freight siding was no longer in use the signal box was decommissioned in 1960. In the following February, the up platform to York was removed completely. On the station building side the platform was greatly reduced in length and width, although a small section remains today to allow access to the building on its' line side.
© M. A. King
End of steam train on the York to Scarborough line ... or was it!
Diesel multiple units replace steam trains for almost all regular passenger services between York & Scarborough. However, some freight, parcels and special excursion trains on the line continued to be powered by steam up until 1967.
© David Hey
Castle Howard Station sold by British Railways
The station buildings are sold for a sum of £1,000 by the British Railways Board to Mr Raymond Hodgson, a railway inspector. Rights of access are retained by the board via the station gate for track maintenance purposes.
Station administered by trust
On the death of the former owner, the station was left in trust. During a period of around nine years, the property was unoccupied.
© M. A. King
Station sold by trust
The new private owner Mrs M. D. Collings, who commenced with vital renovation works after the building had suffered years of neglect, and permanently closed the crossing gate.
Station signal box demolished
British Rail demolish the redundant signal box on the south-east side of the track.
Evening Star locomotive pulls Scarborough Spa steam special
In 1981 British Rail started regular mainline steam-hauled summer specials between York and Scarborough. Countless numbers of famous locomotives have visited the line, including the ‘Evening Star’, the last mainline steam locomotive built by British Railways.
© Ray King
Station sold to present owner
Station purchased by present owner, Mr Edmund Collins. As well as residing at Castle Howard Station, Edmund also moves his vet practice to the station from nearby Welburn. Station House Vets continued to operate from this site until 2006, when it returned to Welburn and a new purpose-built premises.
Report published by Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group
By studying Castle Howard Station in great detail, and using documentary and oral evidence from a variety of sources, the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group published an in-depth 61 page report recording the architectural features of the building.
The report is available for viewing and download from this page.
Flying Scotsman – Giants of Steam
During the summer months of 2004 and 2005, the famous Flying Scotsman locomotive made regular runs between York and Scarborough as part of the ‘Giants of Steam’ railtours, organised by the National Railway Museum. The Flying Scotsman is currently being rebuilt in York.
Tornado’s first mainline run
For the first time since 1960 a brand new steam locomotive runs on the UK mainline. As part of its trials, the newly-built A1 class Tornado makes a return journey from York to Scarborough.
Castle Howard Station online
New website opens to serve virtual passengers embarking upon a journey of discovery to find out more about this unique station.