Station Name: RYLSTONE


[Source: Paul Wright]

Date opened: 29.7.1902
Location: On the north side of a level crossing on the Hetton to Cracoe Road.
Company on opening: Yorkshire Dales Railway
Date closed to passengers: 22.9.1930
Date closed completely: 11.8.1969
Company on closing: London Midland & Scottish Railway
Present state: Very degraded platform remains.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SD966595
Date of visit: 1.12.2007

Notes: Rylstone station was opened by the Yorkshire Dales Railway on the 29th July 1902. The station was situated on the 8.75 mile ‘Grassington Branch’, which diverged from the Skipton to Ilkley railway, at Embsay Junction. The original intention of the Yorkshire Dales Railway Company had been to open a line northwards to Darlington but this never happened and the only other passenger station on the line, Grassington & Threshfield became the terminus.

Rylstone station was located a short distance from the villages of Hetton and Rylstone. The station was located on the west side of the single track line on the north side of a level crossing. It was provided with a single platform on which stood a single story timber building.

At the time of opening passenger services were operated by the Midland Railway mostly running between Skipton and Grassington & Threshfield. At the 1923 ‘Grouping’ the Grassington Branch became part of the London Midland Scottish Railway who closed the line to regular passenger services on the 22nd September 1930 only twenty eight years after
services had begun.

Today the line through the site of Rylstone Station is still open linking the Swinden Lime Works with Skipton. Daily goods services continue to run along the line. The station building has long since been demolishes but the degraded remains of the platform and sections of brick built platform supports can still be seen.

A building stands on the site of the station building b ut the shape looks slightly different to the earlier building so it is assumed to be more recent.

For further pictures of Grassington & Threshfield Station see info see Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway web site. Ticket from Michael Stewart

See also Grassington & Threshfield

Rylstone Station in c.1910
opyright photo from John Alsop Collection

Goods train leaving Rylstone Station (seen on the left) in the 1960's
Photo from David Hey collection from Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway web site.

Rylstone Station looking north in July 1970
Copyright photo by Nigel Mundy

Looking north at Rylstone Station in December 2007 taken from a similar viewpoint to the picture above. The degraded platform can be made out on the left hand side of the picture. In the distance at what would have been the northern end of the platform brick supports are still in situ. The current building is clearly in the same position as the original station building.
Photo by Paul Wright

December 2007

December 2007

December 2007

December 2007

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[Source: Paul Wright]

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