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Saltburn Excursion Station

Saltburn Excursion Station was located behind the main station. Its nucleus was the platform originally provided for the temporary terminus of 1861. In 1870 this was adapted for excursion trains, being extended westwards and provided with a waiting shed and toilets to the design of the S&D Architect William Peachey. Though latterly disused, it survived into the nineteen-seventies but the site was eventually cleared as part of the housing and retail development which included the restoration of the 1862 station building.

Peachey's building, executed in buff brick with minimal sandstone dressings, comprised a pent-roofed, open-fronted waiting shed framed by a pair of small pavilions whose roof ventilators betrayed their function as toilets. Its rear wall fronted one of the town's main streets and was dignified by a blind arcade. The platform frontage conveyed a mildly Romanesque impression, thanks to the pavilions' eaves corbel table and round-arched windows. This may represent a conscious compromise between the Renaissance forms of the 1862 station and the Gothic Revival, which Peachey had embraced by 1870.






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