A Postcard from Picton Junction

Postcard from the John Alsop Collection

This month’s card comes from Picton Junction, North Yorkshire, on the old Leeds Northern (Leeds & Thirsk) route to Stockton. The view is from the signal cabin looking north-west. The North Yorkshire & Cleveland line to Stokesley and Whitby diverged behind the camera; originally there were two signal cabins at Picton, one at the level crossing and one at the junction a little further south. The layout was rationalised and the junction cabin closed in January 1905. The station house, seen here, still stands today, with a two-storey extension where the booking office and waiting room stood behind the platform canopy.

Did You Know?

The first separation between train operators and railway infrastructure took place on the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1825. It was not a success.