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Issue Date: 16/10/2018
Issue Name: NYMR Goathland Station Single Hogwarts Express Rail Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Goathland Railway Station is part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, located in North Yorkshire in the North York Moors National Park. The original railway station was opened in 1865 by the North Eastern Railway and was initally called Goathland Mill.
Hogsmeade station (Goathland) is a “tiny, dark platform” where the Hogwarts Express ends its journey north from Platform Nine-And-Three-Quarters. The railway station that serves both the village of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Our lovely rail cover features an image of a loco travelling under a crossing. The loco featured in the image was built 100 years ago at Darlington Road Works. Our cover has a single Hogwarts Express stamp from the 2018 Harry Potter issue along with our Goathland, Whitby postmark (16th October, 2018). It is also available with a full set of all 10 Harry Potter stamps.
The station was at the top of the incline where there are still original cottages built by the York & North Midland Railway and one built by the Whitby & Pickering Railway (before they merged to become the North Eastern Railway). The buildings were built by Thomas Prosser who was one of the North Eastern Railway’s architects, with similar buildings built at the time along the Esk Valley Line at Danby, Lealholm, Glaisdale and Egton. Unfortunately, in 1965 the line was closed to passenger traffic as it was considered to be uneconomic and was closed entirely to freight traffic as well in 1966 as part of the Beeching cuts. It was reopened in 1973 as part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The largest preserved heritage railway in the UK in terms of route mileage operated and passenger numbers, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway stretches for 18 miles through the heart of the North York Moors National Park, from Pickering via Levisham, Newton Dale and Goathland to Grosmont, with a further 6 mile extension over Network Rail’s Esk Valley line to Whitby and occasionally Battersby. Today the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust is a not-for profit charitable organisation run as part of the local community and has even featured in their own documentary series on Channel 5: The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard.
Goathland Railway Station has undergone restoration by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to represent a 1922 station in the final year of NER and Grosmont in the style of British Railways. This beautiful station has famously featured in Heartbeat as ‘Aidensfield Station’, it has appeared in Simply Red’s music video Holding Back the Years and Hornby modelled part of their Skaledale Junction model railway series on buildings from Goathland Railway Station including the waiting room, the bridge and the station building itself. The station was also filmed as Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films, based on the famous series of books by J K Rowling.
Nearby Wade’s Causeway is an ancient road which runs across the nearby Wheeldale Moor. There is a legend from Whitby of Wade the Giant, who was believed to have been responsible for the road, hills and standing stones in the area. Many walks and trails run from Goathland including one to the 70ft high Mallyan Spout waterfall which add to the beautiful aspects surrounding Goathland. Whether it is for the films, myths or magic, Goathland Station remains a very popular tourist destination which runs popular themed events such as Railway in Wartime, Steam Galas and Santa Specials.
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