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Trains stop at Battersby station for up to ten minutes because each train needs be reversed and the driver has to exchange tokens. This arrangement prevents any possibility of two trains occupying the single track simultaneously. From here until after Great Ayton, the boundary of the North York Moors National Park follows the railway line.

There are now two extra services that come down as far as Battersby Junction on Monday to Saturdays. A direct service from Newcastle (11:40, arrives 13:28, then back to Newcastle direct at 14:03, arrives 15:54) and also from Newcastle direct (15:40, arrives 17:31, then back to Newcastle direct at 17:57, arrives Newcastle 19:49). These services go via Hartlepool.

During the late 19th century, Battersby station was a busy and important railway junction as vast loads of ironstone, extracted from the Moors were transported through here to feed the hungry blast furnaces of County Durham and Teesside. There was also a railway line extending by means of a steep incline onto the moor at Bank Top.

The station features at Battersby which survive from that time include a water tower, a platform watercrane and a turntable base.

The old buildings are now private dwellings and there is now a playground nearby, maintained by the Battersby Junction Community. More information here.

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Find out more on the North York Moors website.


Find out more on the North York Moors website.