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This month our tour takes us into the Moors in North Yorkshire to Goathland. Goathland is a small village with about 400 inhabitants located in the North York Moors National Park. 


Goathland railway station is part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Up to 250,000 passengers travel every year with this privately operated line. The route is the 2nd longest preserved line in Britain connecting Pickering with Grosmont.


The village itself can be dated back to Viking times. It didn’t only appear in the Harry Potter film series but also in the Heartbeat television series set in the 1960s. Fans won’t be disappointed if they take the time to visit the village.


But of course filming for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone took place at the station. The whole station was transformed into Hogsmeade Station by simply replacing all name plates with Hogsmeade plates and building a fibre glass wall in front of the camping coach.


While filming for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone the whole line wasn’t blocked because the train was taken out of the station when the normal passenger trains arrived. The final scene was shoot on the first day of filming while the arrival scene was shot afterwards. The locomotive was turned after the first day in Pickering to shoot the arrival scene.


The train used for filming is locomotive 5972, Olton Hall and was built in Swindon in 1937 for the Great Western Railway. In 1963 the locomotive was taken out of service and send for scrap in May 1964. But the famous Barry scrap yard purchased the locomotive in 1981 and therefore it was spared the fate of destruction.


The locomotive is currently owned by the West Coast Railway Company and is used for private excursions. While filming the headboard was changed to Hogwarts Express and Hogwarts emblems where added to the train and the carriages. The locomotive retained its original number but was renamed to “Hogwarts Castle”. This isn’t correct because the locomotive belongs to the “Hall Class”. The “Castle Class” is much larger and was designed for express transfers.


In 2007 all carriages were demolished by ten youth. They broke over three hundred windows and caused a total damage of £ 75.00. Fortunately the locomotive itself was untouched.


For those of you who cannot wait till next month I recommend you this book: Harry Potter on Location: An Unofficial Review and Guide to the Locations Used for the Entire Film Series“ by J. P. Sperati. You can buy it from Amazon.

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