Northallerton station in North Yorkshire is on the East Coast Main, north of York. The station dates back to 1841, and, although it was flagged for closure by the Beeching Report in 1965, over 100 years later, the rail hub survives and now provides important services to and from Middlesbrough, Manchester Airport, York, Leeds and Liverpool. Trainspotters revere the station thanks to the speeds some of the trains reach as they pass through the station - sometimes a breathtaking 125 mph.
Situated between Scotland and London, Northallerton was a major pit stop on the coach routes, but they declined in the mid-19th century with the arrival of rail. Today, the town relies on commerce and agricultural industry - its livestock auction market is of huge economic value to the town, as is the nearby base at RAF Leeming. Northallerton is a tremendous place for hiking with the James Herriot Country, the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Moors easily accessible from the town.