Goathland village sits 500 feet above sea level and has a history extending back to Viking times. Much of the surrounding land is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster. The Duchy's black faced sheep have a common right to graze on the village green and surrounding moorland. The village is now famous as the setting of the fictional village of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series set in the 1960s.
Goathland station (originally known as Goathland Mill) is on the deviation line opened by the North Eastern Railway in 1865 to avoid the cable-worked Beck Hole Incline, which was part of the original 1836 Whitby and Pickering Railway route. As well as passenger traffic, Goathland Station received coal, agricultural lime via the drops, general merchandise through the Goods Warehouse (now the Tea Room), and also handled livestock via its Cattle Dock. A significant quantity of whinstone ore (which was used as roadstone) was loaded to rail at Goathland. It was transported from opencast quarries and a drift mine north east of the station across the moors by a narrow gauge tramway to a crushing and loading plant located on the bank side in the south east corner of the station site until the mine closed in 1951. The station buildings were to the design of the NER's architect Thomas Prosser. The collection of buildings is very little altered since they were built – the last recorded change (apart from NYMR restoration) was in 1908. The station has been restored to represent a traditional North Eastern Railway (1923-1948) country station with goods facilities.
In addition to being transformed into Aidensfield station for the some episodes of Heartbeat the station featured as Hogsmeade in the first Harry Potter film.
The station is now served by trains operated by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), the timetable came by found on the railways website.
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