There are remote rural railway stations, and then thereʼs Levisham Station.
It is situated at the end of a no through road, deep in the bottom of Newtondale, over a mile and a half (2.5km) away from and 300 feet (100m) below the village it purportedly serves. They donʼt come much more remote that this.
Just getting there is an adventure. Leaving the main Pickering to Whitby road at Lockton, the road plunges down into the valley of the Levisham Beck, which flows out of the Hole of Horcum, before climbing equally steeply to Levisham Village.
It then heads across the fields before descending down the side of the valley and levelling out. Just when you think youʼve got to the bottom, it rounds a corner and down it goes again.
49395 Leaving Levisham Station
We went there hoping to get a cup of tea, and to watch the trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway pass each other. We were successful on both counts, although the tea came out of a vending machine, and we had quite a long wait for the trains.
However, there is a small exhibition about Levisham Station past and present, and the studio of Artist in Residence, Christopher Ware, to help while away the time.
There is something very enjoyable about watching a station going from silence, to the hustle and bustle as the trains arrive, and the subsequent return to peace and quiet after they leave.