The opening of the MDR and Thirsk & Malton on 19 May 1953 significantly increased Maltons importance. The increasing number of trains put a massive strain on the facilities which originally only consisted of 2 platforms. Plans in Dec 1853 for a first class waiting room and a refreshment room finally came to fruition in 1854/5.

The engine house was constructed in 1853 at a cost of £435, and later a turntable. The shed was further extended in 1867. The MDR was worked by locomotives from this shed until the day it closed.

Several platform and trackage alterations meant a requirement was needed to cross the lines. In the late 1860’s the board of trade began to pressure railway companies to install footbridges. The NER however preferred their own type of crossing equipment which you can see in a photo below!