Do you remember railway station?

Train arriving at Market Weighton Railway Station.
Train arriving at Market Weighton Railway Station.

A nostalgic video showing Market Weighton Railway Station before it closed nearly 50 years ago has just been made accessible online.

The video, which is one of many preserved at the East Riding Archives in the Treasure House, Beverley, includes footage shot around the time of the station’s closure on 27 November 1965 and moves on to witness the actual demolition of the buildings in 1979.

For those who know the town but do not remember the station, it is a remarkable insight into Market Weighton’s past, but for those who were around at the time of Dr Beeching’s infamous cutbacks to the railways, it is a nostalgic, though possibly sad, reminder of the end of an era.

If you go to Market Weighton today, you will hardly be able to tell that it used to have its own railway station. The only prominent reminder is a stretch of public footpath and bridleway, which is part of The Hudson Way, that follows the course of the old railway line from Beverley to the site of the old Market Weighton Railway Station, now occupied by a housing development.

The video was donated to East Riding Archives by the late Enid Greenwood in 2010, who lived in Market Weighton.

Sam Bartle, a collections officer at East Riding Archives, said: “Enid was a well respected authority on local history in Market Weighton, and it was her father, Harold Lyon, who took the footage of the station before its closure. For a long time, Harold ran the local grocery business ‘Lyons’ in Market Weighton, which traded on the strapline ‘You can Rely On Lyon’.

“Enid’s husband, Tom Greenwood, filmed the demolition section of the video and spliced the two bits together with the musical overdub. Sadly, all three of these individuals have since passed on, but I’m sure they would be very pleased that their work is now being shown to an online audience as they all seem to have been very proud to be members of the Market Weighton community.”

You can view the video on the Post website - www.pocklingtonpost.co.uk