The Old Engine Shed, as its affectionately called by the locals, is situated right in the heart of Whitby Town and is an iconic building for many reasons. From the Abbey Headland looking down onto this unique town, the Old Engine Shed forms a prominent part of the landscape.
Whitby Engine Stable, to give it its 'official title' was originally built in 1847 and was designed by the renowned GT Andrews. The Grade two listed building is situated to the south of Whitby Station. It is all that remains of a group of buildings serving the station, which consisted of the signal boxes, turntable, goods sheds and carriage sidings. It was extended to accommodate more locomotives in 1868. The uniqueness of this building lies in its double entrance and the Queen Post roof trusses to the original section and scissor trusses to the southern extension. The original inspection pits have been filled in and the original track to all intents and purposes removed.
The fate of the Engine Shed has been uncertain for many years and due to various planning being granted and access limited there has been a struggle to ascertain a long term beneficial use.
The new owners of Whitby Engine Shed have already carried out much needed restoration works to the Grade II listed building and as they are also residents in Whitby, they are keen to give the historic building a new lease of life, whilst respecting its architecture and its social standing within the community. They believe this opportunity brings benefits to visitors and residents alike.