Potto Station

A History of Potto Station

Potto Station

Photographs of Potto Station Buildings

Potto Station 1857
Potto Station soon after opening 1857

When Potto Station opened in 1857, the house consisted a single downstairs room and an attic with two small bedrooms. The Booking Office and Waiting Room were constructed in the second downstairs room with a partition wall dividing the Office from the Waiting room. The station clock was built into the Booking Office. In 1872 a new Waiting Room and Booking Office were built as a single storey extention along the down platform as can be seen in the photograph below.

The new Waiting Room constructed in 1872
Taken soon after the construction of the new single storey Waiting Room and Booking Office in 1872

In 1883 the entire roof of the house was raised making it possible to add a second storey to the Waiting Room constructed in 1872. At the same time a new single storey Booking Office and Ladies Waiting Room were added and the existing Booking Office was converted to a General Waiting Room. The full extent of the transformation of the house and station buildings can be seen in the photograph below.

Potto Station 1900
Photo of Potto Station after the 'Raising of the Roof' and the constuction of the new Booking Office and Ladies Waiting room

A flush toilet was added for the Ladies Waiting room and such was it's popularity, a 'penny in the slot' machine was added. This is still in place today.

Spend a Penny
The original 'Spend a Penny' Ladies Waiting Room from 1883 - still in use today
Postcard of Potto Station 1906
A hand coloured postcard of Potto Station posted in 1906
Potto Station - 1857 Ordnance Survey
Potto Station - 1857 Ordnance Survey Map - Just after opening

When the line was built in 1857 it was only single track from Picton to Stokesley although land had been purchased so that it could be converted to two lines.

Potto Station - 1914 Ordnance Survey
Potto Station - 1914 Ordnance Survey Map
Potto Station - Track Plan 1909
Potto Station Track Plan - 20 July 1909
Potto Station - Looking East circa 1920
Potto Station - Looking East circa 1920
Potto Station - Taken the same day looking West
Potto Station - Taken the same day looking West
Potto Station - circa 1910
Potto Station - circa 1910
Potto Brick Store 1953
Potto Station Brick Store Plans - dated 1953
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After the station had closed - Taken on 9th July 1959
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Looking East in 1961 - a demolition train can be seen in the background lifting the track - Photo Alan Brown
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Looking West in 1961 - just before the track was lifted. Photo Alan Brown
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Looking East in 1961 - just after the track was lifted. Photo Alan Brown
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After being empty for several years, the station was bought by former Picton signalman, Bill Mead - Taken 6 Sep 1967
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The Station House in 1974 - Photo Nigel Mundy
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The Station House on 16th September 1980
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The Station House on 26th May 1986
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The Station House in the Spring of 1989 - Photo Mike Whitlock
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The Station House in February 2002 - Photo Mike Whitlock