Police officers from the Cleveland force, British Transport Police and Cleveland Fire crews were called to the incident at 3.45pm on Saturday, just north of the railway station near the Park End estate.
Several police cars and paramedics - as well as a private ambulance - congregated in the Marton Station car park just off Ladgate Lane.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
Northern Rail confirmed someone had been hit by a train and services along the line between Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough ceased until 5.45pm.
A spokeswoman for British Transport Police, who could not confirm the man’s age, said: “British Transport Police officers were called to the line near to Marton train station on Saturday, October 19, after a report of a person being struck by a train.
“Officers from British Transport Police and Cleveland Police attended the incident, which is being treated as non-suspicious, arriving at 15.50 hours.
“Paramedics also attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.”
A full report is being prepared for the coroner, who has been informed.
A mum from Park End, who asked not to be named, said she was aware of other accidents involving trains along the line in the past.
“I’ve heard of some accidents on the track around here, but not a lot,” she said.
“It’s a terrible shame.”
Another woman said she didn’t know exactly where the incident had occurred, but had seen the police helicopter hovering overhead on Saturday.
A Northern Rail spokeswoman said any traumatic incident which affects employees triggers a chain of care.
“This includes thorough training and awareness to prepare our employees as well as counselling after an incident has happened,” she said.
“We also work closely with the Samaritans, providing a call-out service for people in distress. We make sure there is post-incident support available for everyone, both employees and customers and develop links with mental health services.”
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