Goathland as a Contrasting Locality

How did the railway change Goathland?

Goathland was once a very remote farming village. Then came the railway.


What difference did the coming of the railway have on Goathland?

It made it much easier for farmers to get their goods out of the village to sell. There are some milk churns on the station - it would have been very difficult to sell milk outside the village before the railway came.


At the end of the car park, there are some shallow steps leading to a small platform designed to be level with the trucks. This was a cattle dock. At last farmers could get their cattle to market quickly and easily!


Walking towards the car park, on the left hand side are some Coal Drops and Lime Cells. These were designed so that coal or lime could be offloaded from Hopper Wagons and dropped into the space below. You can find these at several stations along the Esk Valley line from Whitby to Middlesbrough as well.


What was the coal used for?

Steam locomotives burn large quantities of coal in order to generate the heat and therefore the steam to work the engine.


What about leisure?

The coming of the railway meant that ordinary people could travel for pleasure as well as being able to access larger towns and cities. Passengers could send their luggage in advance by rail. A stack of cases and trunks in the booking office recreates this new era of travel.


The worksheet below encourages children to look more closely at artefacts on the station and to raise questions about what they see.

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