Hawes railway station

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Place Hawes
Area Richmondshire
Coordinates 54°18′17″N 2°11′34″W / 54.3047°N 2.1929°W / 54.3047; -2.1929Coordinates: 54°18′17″N 2°11′34″W / 54.3047°N 2.1929°W / 54.3047; -2.1929
Grid reference SD875899
Original company Midland Railway
Pre-grouping Midland Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2
1 October 1878[1] Opened
16 March 1959[1] Closed to passengers
April 1964 closed for goods traffic
Stations on heritage railways in the United Kingdom
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Hawes railway station is a disused railway station that served the town of Hawes in North Yorkshire, England. It was closed in 1959 and now forms part of the Dales Countryside Museum. Since 2015, the museum has rented the building to a business operating a bike shop and later, also a cafe.[2][3]


The station was opened in October 1878 by the Midland Railway (MR) as the terminus of their 6-mile (10 km) branch line from Hawes Junction. The MR branch made an end-on junction there with the North Eastern Railway (NER) line from Northallerton via Bedale which had been opened as far as Leyburn by 1856 and then extended onwards to Hawes in the summer of 1878. Although the station belonged to the Midland, the NER (and later the LNER) operated most of the passenger services from there — the MR section being worked as an extension of the service to/from Northallerton. The only exception to this was a single daily return service between Hawes and Hellifield that for much of its life was known by the somewhat unusual nickname of Bonnyface.[4]

The NER section of the line lost its passenger service in April 1954, but the station retained a nominal service of one train each way from Hawes Junction (by then renamed Garsdale) until final closure to passengers on 16 March 1959. Goods traffic from the Leyburn direction continued until complete closure in April 1964,[5] after which the track was lifted and the buildings left to fall into disrepair. However, after many years of disuse, the site was purchased by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and converted into a museum and tourist information centre in the early 1990s, a role it continues to fulfil to this day.[6] As part of this scheme, the station buildings and platforms were refurbished, a short length of track relaid. A preserved industrial tank locomotive, cosmetically painted in British Railways colours, together with a pair of ex-BR Mark 1 coaches, were installed as a static exhibit (see accompanying photo).

Although isolated from the national rail network for over fifty-five years, the Wensleydale Railway hopes to one day eventually rebuild, re-instate and re-open the currently abandoned and derelict section of line between Redmire and Garsdale (thus would involve restoring the station to its former glory and active use).[7] However, the train with three carriages which currently resides in the platform would have to be removed and placed in a newly-constructed siding, because the project involves re-instating the entire station to its former use.

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Terminus   North Eastern Railway   Askrigg
Line and station closed
Line closed, station open
  Midland Railway
Hawes Branch
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Line closed, station open
  Wensleydale Railway   Askrigg
Line and station closed


  1. ^ a b Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ "New business opens in Dales Countryside Museum". Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  3. ^ "New cafe opens in Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes". The Bolton News. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  4. ^ Houghton & Foster; p. 51
  5. ^ Body; p. 144
  6. ^ "Dales Countryside Museum Website". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
  7. ^ "Wensleydale Railway Association - History & Heritage". Retrieved 5 November 2008.


  • Body, G. (1988), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1
  • Houghton, F.W & Foster W.H (1965 Second Ed) The Story Of The Settle - Carlisle Line, Advertiser Press Ltd, Huddersfield.
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