York (YRK)

York is about half way between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh on the East Coast Main Line and is a major junction and railway hub in the North East. It is also next to the National Railway Museum (see below).

Type: National Rail
(East Coast Main Line)
Station code: YRK
Opened: 1877
Platforms: 11
York's first railway station opened in 1839 on a different site, followed by another station inside the city walls in 1841. The current York station opened in 1877 just outside the city walls as a through station and was the largest station in the world when it was built.

Most platforms are covered by a long curving roof. The station was extensively damaged in the Second World War by bombing but was repaired in 1947 and is now Grade II* listed.

York once had fifteen platforms though some have been removed due to remodelling, a major example taking place in 1988 as part of the East Coast Main Line's electrification. The station was renovated in 2009. York is currently managed by London Northeastern Railway (LNER) and is also served by Cross Country, East Midlands Trains, Northern, Hull Trains, Trans Pennine Express and Grand Central.
Virgin Trains East Coast 43 305 pauses with a ECML express

A Northern Pacer in one of the bay platforms

TPE 185 123 under the curved roof

Northern 142 023 in one the bays, a former platform is to the right

A Class 800 Azuma, the future of traction at York

National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum is home to much of the National Collection of rolling stock and other preserved items. The museum was opened on the site of a former roundhouse next to the ECML (and York station) in 1975. Exhibits include Mallard, Flying Scotsman and the first Modernisation Plan diesel locomotive D8000 (below).