When i was really young ie around 5 i can remember my dad taking me up to the old disused railway and showing me round. As he spent time there when he was a child trainspotting as it was the thing to do in the 60’s.
My memories are pretty vague but i can remeber going. Anyway i was looking through flickr and found some great pictures uploaded and probably taken by Pinzac55.
The Ripon Line was part of the Leeds – Northallerton Line and was axed under the Beeching axes. It was mainly down to trains going through to York which was Ripon last nail in the coffin. Ripon was one of the later cuts and possibly could of been avoided.
In March 1969 The line closed to Passenger journeys but some freight trips still used the line for a few more months, After these last trains stopped it was only 2 years before the track was uprooted.
Its under constant Scrutiny from Local MP’s to re open the Ripon Line, but i personally don’t think it will ever happen due to the state of the England in the current climate and the fact that the station would be way out of town.
The Main Station now hosts houses
Below are 2 pictures of the bridge that crosses the river Ure which is now replaced my the bridge which takes traffic on the Ripon By Pass taken from www.geoffspages.co.uk
Thanks to Tim heres a picture of Trigo’ A3 Class steam locomotive No 60084 which often came through Ripon
You would most often see Deltic Diesels and A2’s coming through Ripon Station.
Here is a recent picture of a A2 Pacific
I’ve even found a small picture of The City Of Ripon A2 Pacific