Hi Folks, here are the photos - don't expect railway, after all this is 'the railway that isn't there', but it is fascinating to be able to trace it's existence approx 75 years after it closed.
We'll start at Warthill Station on the former York to Hull line where the Sand Hutton Light Railway (SHLR) had interchange sidings -- they have all gone, but the station buildings still exist, that's the signal box on the left with the station building behind, I'm standing on what was a level crossing:
From the interchange sidings, the SHLR crossed a road and ran alongside a bridle path, i.e. along the grass verge to the left of the car:
About halfway along the bridle path it crossed the Stank Beck (a fair sized stream), the bridge girders (SG rails) are still in place.
Here is the site of White Syke Junction -- straight on for the brickworks and Ings Farm, branch right for Sand Hutton Village and Bossall:
I didn't try to find the brickworks, but here is where the line terminated at Ings Farm, the gable can be clearly identified:
Following the branch to Sand Hutton the 'Depot' was encountered first, this looked rather like a Nissen hut but no longer exists, here is the field where it was situated:
Just behind me is the site of the 'Forth Bridge' where the SDLR recrossed the Stank Beck, this was a more substantial bridge with four concrete piers, but the undergrowth and trees are now so thick I could only see one pier.
It was just possible to make out some brickwork with a pipe coming out of it which presumably carried surface water from a nearby house and was not another pier - which begs the question what has happened to the piers? Have they been demolished? There was certainly no evidence of the bridge rail shown across the piers:
Just beyond the bridge, the railway was carried on a low embankment across what is now the garden(s) of a house or houses and it is such an embankment that can be seen at the back of these trees:
The building of new houses and verdant vegetation appear to have obliterated all trace of the railway in the village itself (I didn't go into the Hall grounds); then the railway made its way across the fields to Bossall where I could find no trace either.
I don't know whether it's my imagination or maybe marks left by farm machinery, but there does seem to be a line of lighter grass coming from the far hedge towards the tree then following the shadow of the tree.
For the railway did follow something like that route.
Well there we are, I hope you found that interesting, I certainly enjoyed the exploring.