Railway station for sale

(Last Updated On: August 17, 2016)

Ever dreamed of owning your own railway station and living in the first class holiday carriage? Well now your dreams can come true!

That’s exactly what David and Lizanne Southworth did. They agreed to buy a former railway ticket office with land near York, but were forced to wait six months for the sale to go through. While they anxiously waited for the property to becomes theirs, they started to plan what they would do with the railway station once it was theirs.


“We wanted something to renovate that we could maybe get an income from,” Lizanne explained. “We heard about this place from friends and we knew there was something we could do with it.”

The railway station – which opened in 1913 and closed in 1985 – and the ticket office once served passengers on the Derwent Valley Light Railway between Selby and York. It was known as the Blackberry Line and was a favourite with chocolate factory workers from York, who travelled out in their hundreds to pick berries. David and Lizanne wanted to preserve its history and ambitiously planned to buy old carriages and turn them into holiday homes, while they lived in the converted ticket office.


After 11 years, the parents-of-two fulfilled their dreams and are now looking for new owners to take over their home and holiday business, which has recently come on the market with Savills at £795,000.

The property is located in an idyllic location and overlooks fields of barley and has all the planning permissions. But it was no field day for the family to get it in its current condition. “There was a tiny, one-bed granny annexe and so there were four of us and two dogs living in there while we renovated the rest of the house,” Lizanne reminisced.


The ticket office was initially converted in the 70s and was in desperate need of modernisation. The couple covered the wooded exterior with insulation and topped it with new breeze block and render to create a duvet-like effect. The couple were also keen to respect the railway heritage and added decorative wood cladding finials and cricket pavilion-style to mimic the look of the original building, tying in the old with the new.

The property comprises of three former railway carriages converted to holiday lettings, 1-bedroom holiday cottage and a 4-bed owners’ accommodation. The property also comes with 1.4 acres of land. Sarah Graham of Savills says: “The holiday enterprise has been carefully developed utilising the history of the site.” You can view the property listing here.

Written by: The Team | On: July 26, 2016

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