The modern Heighington Station used to serve the Royal Ordinance Factory that was based nearby, remains of which can still be seen on the local industrial estate. The village of Heighington itself is a short rural walk to the west of the station and stands on a hill overlooking the Vale of York.
It boasts a number of interesting features including a central village green which used to provide overnight security for cattle before they were let out into the fields again the following morning and the village church has a watchtower, one of only three in the area.
Heighington Station was recently adopted by the Excel Centre under the CRP’s Adopt a Station scheme which provides first class conference and events facilities and also has a very good coffee shop which is open to the public The Locomotion No.1 pub which is close by, was the original Station Building and it was here in 1825, that Locomotion No.1, the first passenger train, was placed on the rails. The Station is adjacent to the new Hitachi site which will assemble trains for the governments IEP contract followed by trains for Scotrail.
For more information on the facilities at Heighington Station visit the National Rail website.