Church Fenton railway station

Church Fenton Railway Station

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Church Fenton railway station serves Church Fenton in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the former York and North Midland Railway main line from York to Normanton, just under from York.


The Y&NMR opened the first part of its route through the village (and on as far as Milford) on 29 May 1839, completing it the following year. The completion of a branch from there to Harrogate via Wetherby and Tadcaster by the Y&NM in 1848 gave the modest wayside station new importance and within two years it had become a calling point on the new East Coast Main Line from York to London with the opening of a line from Burton Salmon to Knottingley (trains then continuing via Askern and Doncaster).

Further development of the station occurred in 1869, when a link was opened by the North Eastern Railway from there to Micklefield on the former Leeds and Selby Railway to create a new main line between Leeds and York. The NER had been looking to shorten the previous, indirect route between the two cities via Castleford for some time prior to this, but plans to build a direct line via Tadcaster had come to nothing and so this alternative route was chosen. The existing line from here to York was subsequently quadrupled to handle the increased levels of traffic and the station substantially altered, with the addition of extra platforms and connections between the two pairs of lines. The station lost its ECML status in 1871...
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