‘The house on platform one... could be yours’

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It is a trainspotter’s paradise and now it could be yours after a historic part of the resort’s railway past was put up for sale at auction.

The former stationmaster’s house at Layton Station in Blackpool is up for sale next month.

The three bedroom home, which includes a lounge, kitchen, bathroom and station accommodation, was first built in 1867 – 20 years after the Blackpool North railway line first opened.

The home, which includes the original ticket office, waiting room and left luggage office, has been put up for sale by owner and transport enthusiast Ray Butcher (pictured)

Mr Butcher, 68, who once worked as a fireman on the Settle to Carlisle railway line, said the property would make a fantastic home – revealing the noise of passing trains would be no issue to buyers.

He told The Gazette: “I bought the house 12 years ago with a view to retiring here.

“But the weather is not as good here as it is where my holiday home in Cyprus is, and I am finding I am spending longer and longer over there.

“We have tried to maintain the upkeep of the house, with it retaining many of its Edwardian features.

“I bought the property for £65,000 and had been staying weekends. We had tenants here up until May but since then it has been empty.

“The trains come in but it is not that noisy. The brick work is 18 inches thick – you do not hear the trains.

Ray Butcher

Ray Butcher

“The home would be ideal for people commuting into Blackpool or Preston, while it is good for getting to Manchester too. It is a wonderful home with a lot of history.”

The role of stationmaster was to manage the station, before the modern age of railway travel arrived.

He would organise station employees and would have responsibility for the efficient running of the station.

During the Beeching Cuts in the mid 1960s – the restructuring of the Railways in Great Britain outlined in two reports – many stationmaster houses at small stations were closed and the stationmaster’s house, along with other railway property, sold off.

The ticket office at Layton closed in 1994, with Mr Butcher buying the property in 2002. The home is up for sale with Pugh Auctioneers, with a guide price of £100,000.

A spokesman said: “The property offers a unique opportunity to either a rail enthusiast or for someone looking for a property with refurbishment potential.”

The home is to be sold on September 10 at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

For details go to www.pugh-auctions.com