- Masham branch
Masham BranchLegend Harrogate to Northallerton line Harrogate to Northallerton line Tanfield Halt Masham
The Masham branch was a 7-mile (12 km) long 3⁄4North Eastern Railway built single track branch railway line that ran between a junction on the Harrogate to Northallerton line at Melmerby to Masham, North Yorkshire, via one intermediate station, Tanfield Halt.
After a number of abortive attempts to link the market town of Masham, Wensleydale, the branch line was authorised in 1871 and construction started in 1873. The branch line opened on 9 June 1875 and services started the following day. The line was poorly used from the start.
Passing to the London & North Eastern Railway in the 1923 grouping the line continued to suffer from light traffic apart from a period during the Second World War when the local area was used for munition storage. The line closed to passengers on 1 January 1931, and completely on 11 November 1963.
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