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A station served by Northern Rail semi-fast and local services on the Leeds - York, and the 'Normanton' lines which run towards Sheffield via Sherburn-in-Elmet. It is located about 11 miles south west of York.
Railway type and traffic
This busy stretch of line sees regular passenger workings by TPX, Northern and Virgin Cross Country. TPX Manchester - Newcastle / Scarborough services are now usually worked by the Class 185 'Desiro' unit, although the odd 158 can still be spotted working these turns. Northern trains operate 158s on the York - Blackpool service, with the Sheffield - York via Moorthorpe are the preserve of Pacers.
DB Schenker and Freightliner operate through the station.
The station, for the most part, is open, with bus shelter style waiting areas on each of the platforms.
The industrial buildings have been replaced by housing developments that now overlook the line and station both north and south of the platforms.
From the M1, Junction 47:
Take the eastbound ramp towards A642 and take the first exit onto the B1217. Follow this road to Towton Village and then turn right onto the A162. Follow this road south to Barkston Ash and follow the signs, turning left towards Church Fenton.
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There is a small (15 space) car park opposite the station, which is free to use.
There is also a small lay-by outside the station building; this is on the crest of a road bridge over the lie, and as such can be dangerous when there is oncoming traffic travelling at speed.
Alternate trains on the Northern Rail York - Blackpool North service call here; there is also the twice-daily York - Sheffield local service. A train roughly every 2 hours, more at peak times.
There are two bus routes stopping at or near to this station; the Tadcaster-Pontefract routes
as operated by Arriva
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There are no toilets on the station. A pub, The Junction, is nearby at the end of Station Road. You can see this pub from the station footbridge. There is also an Indian Restaurant in the old station building on the road bridge above the station.
The nearest accommodation is in the town of Sherburn-in-Elmet, a few miles away.
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The platforms here are much longer than any train which calls at the station, so there is more than enough room for setting up tripods. The centre island platform is very wide, and as such, the tracks separate on approach to the station. The northern end of the platforms offer views as far as the eye can see, although there are some signals that can obscure the view. To the south, the station footbridge, and a road bridge, cross all tracks. As the lines run North-South, sunlight rarely causes a problem here.
General views - All photographs © Gary Coupe unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north
From the station foot bridge.
Fig 2 - Looking south
Fig 3 - Looking north
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