Yorkshire's First Railway station

Selby Civic Society

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Selby station looking towards the swingbridge

Yorkshire's First Railway station

This information plaque, installed in 1999 on the original station building in Ousegate, marks the site of the first railway station in Yorkshire, opened in 1834. It was the terminus of the Leeds and Selby Railway. In 1840 a new station was built alongside to service the extended line from Selby to Hull. This required construction of a bridge over the River Ouse - a bascule type that was replaced by a new horizontal swingbridge in 1891. This is the bridge currently used by Network Rail. It underwent major engineering maintenance work in 2014.

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The photograph below shows the rear doors from the original station building that gave access to the River Ouse wharves.

Discover more about Selby's first station here .

Today's award winning station - "Transpennine Express Station of the Year 2014" - was opened in 1848. 

There is much more information about the original station and the current one in Groundwork North Yorkshire's 2011 leaflet here.

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Selby's first station