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Pudsey Loop
1893 - 1964
Great Northern Railway
Contributors:  © Reproduction prohibited / Rikj / Graeme Bickerdike / Melvyn Aveyard / Phill Davison /
                          Des Phillips /  Andrew Armitage / Malcolm Mallison / Ian Jenkins / Lost Railways
The Route
From Branch Lines from both Stanningley & Bramley to Pudsey Greenside via Pudsey Lowtown. Later extended to Cutlers junction to join the Ardsley Laisterdyke line.

Length
4 1/2 miles

Original Company
Great Northern Railway

Openings 
Between Stanningley & Pudsey Greenside - 1st April 1878.
Between Bramley & Pudsey - 1893.
From Pudsey Greenside to Cutlers junction - 1893.

Closures
Passengers & Freight  - Branch lines & Pudsey stations closed July 1964.
                                           Stanningley closed 30th December 1967.
 

Bramley station
Station map (1850) : Malcolm Mallison
Plans of station taken from 1850 6 inch to the mile map.

Stanningley Station
Opened 01-08-1854. Closed 01-01-1968.
Stanningley station Aerial (nd) : Ian Jenkins
Stanningley Railway Station.
Stanningley station Goods shed (25-09-12) : Malcolm Mallison
The goods shed at Stanningley station survives almost intact in a builders’ merchant. My thanks to the staff at Gibbs & Dandy for their permission and assistance. Here is a general view (partly obstructed by Transit) showing stone setts in yard.
Stanningley station map (1850) : Malcolm Mallison
Plans of station taken from 1850 6 inch to the mile map.
Stanningley station map (1890) : Malcolm Mallison
6 inch maps from the 1890 survey.
Stanningley station Goods shed (25-09-12) : Malcolm Mallison
Western end. Left hand door appears to be only major component missing.
Stanningley station Goods shed (25-09-12) : Malcolm Mallison
Canopy on north side
Stanningley station Goods shed (25-09-12) : Malcolm Mallison
All side loading doors are in place, but only one isn’t obscured by racking.
Stanningley station Goods shed (25-09-12) : Malcolm Mallison
Eastern end. See what I mean about racking.
Stanningley station Goods shed (25-09-12) : Malcolm Mallison
Interior view, showing roof timbers.
Stanningley station Goods shed (25-09-12) : Malcolm Mallison
Short section of rail still visible in yard.
Stanningley station (25-09-12) : Malcolm Mallison
Remains of pedestrian tunnel almost buried in undergrowth behind public car park.

Low Town Road to Pudsey Greenside station section
Low Town Road B6154 (25-07-09) : Lost Railways

Facing East.
See also Pudsey photo set on the Leeds & West Yorkshire railway group -  http://www.flickr.com/photos/reinholdbehringer/sets/72157600062118665/
Low Town Road B6154 (25-07-09) : Lost Railways
View of the bridge from down on the right.
Longfield road (25-07-09) : Lost Railways
Down the bottom end of Longfield road, near Longfield Court. Small overbridge allowing footpath access to nowhere.
Allotments to the right.
Longfield road (25-07-09) : Lost Railways
Closer view of the brickwork
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Robin lane (25-07-09) : Lost Railways
Facing north, Ravens Mount road on the right.
Robin lane (25-07-09) : Lost Railways
The view of the right hand side of the bridge from the footpath.
Radcliffe lane (25-07-09) : Lost Railways
The View down Radcliffe Lane, facing east.
South Parade (25-07-09) : Lost Railways
Footpath crossing at the corner of South Parade, facing east towards Littlemoor road.
New Street (25-07-09) : Lost Railways
Facing east down New street. Pudsey Greenside station to the right. Housing estate now built on the site.
New Street (25-07-09) : Lost Railways
Opposite side of the road. That's my daughter skulking off down the footpath.

Pudsey Greenside Station
Opened 01-04-1878. Closed 13-06-1964.
Pudsey Greenside station map (1890) : Malcolm Mallison
6 inch maps from the 1890 survey. Pudsey Greenside was still a single track terminus in 1890.
It wasn't  until 1893 when the extension to Cutlers junction was opened & the station became a double track through route.
Pudsey Greenside (25-07-09) : David Webdale
Looking over the bridge on Carlisle road down onto the site of Pudsey Greenside. The big city of Leeds visible in the distance.
Carlisle road (04-06-14) : Malcolm Mallison
Bridge carrying Carlisle road (photographed through a factory fence).

Pudsey Greenside Tunnel

Note : Melvyn Aveyard (18-05-06)

I here locally that planning permission has now been granted to backfill the Greenside tunnel & associated cuttings. Don't know when this will happen.

Note : Graeme Bickerdike (23-11-06)  website - http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/
I took a trip out to Pudsey today to take a look at Greenside tunnel before it gets lost under the dreaded landfill. No sign yet of work getting underway.
I understand it will only affect the eastern approach cutting but the portal will be sealed. Photo's below -
Pudsey Greenside tunnel eastern portal (23-11-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
At the soon-to-be-lost eastern end, the sheer approach cutting is already used as a rubbish tip.
Planning permission has been granted for this to be infilled.
Eastern portal (04-06-14) : Malcolm Mallison
Looking west into cutting from Carlisle road bridge. Greenside Tunnel eastern portal just visible through undergrowth and fly tipping.
Pudsey Greenside tunnel eastern portal (23-11-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
There’s either been a landslip or tipping close to the portal, restricting access. This end is to be sealed.
 
Pudsey Greenside tunnel eastern portal (01-05-07) : Phill Davison  website - http://flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/sets/72157594397421428/
Detailed study of the Leeds end portal partly obscured by landslip or tipping.
View out of the eastern portal (31-07-05) : Rikj
The eastern portal has an intact security fence, though once again this has been tunnelled under. This portal is in a cutting. P.S. While Googling for info I found out that this eastern portal cutting is the one in danger of being land-filled. This is in addition to the Midland goods cutting.
Pudsey Greenside tunnel interior (23-11-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
The tunnel itself is 616 yards long, with a curve to the south. The white splodge to the right of centre is light from the eastern end.
The walls are stoned-lined whilst the roof is brick.
Refuge (16-04-10) : Phill Davison  See Phills photo stream on Flickr- http://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/476694432/in/photostream/
Old habits die hard. 2nd October 1976. Football hooligan graffiti in the abandoned Pudsey Greenside railway tunnel. Leeds lost 2-0.
 
The airshaft (31-07-05) : Rikj
The tunnel is generally dry-ish with a couple of leaks in the arched brick roof. The floor appears to have been graded by something like a tarmac stripper and is ridged along its length. All the refuges are intact but we saw no other artefacts. One nice feature is the air-shaft, which looks to be capped with concrete.
The airshaft (16-04-10) : Phill Davison
This is the only ventilation shaft in Pudsey Greenside tunnel. It's situated around 413 yards in from the East portal (Leeds end of the tunnel) The brick lined shaft is around 40/50 feet deep. The top of this shaft appears to be a circular depression/outline in a back garden on West Royd Avenue. (see aerial image, and map below)
The airshaft 1908 map & Google Earth (16-04-10) : Phill Davison
The tunnel appears to be in someone's back garden on West Royd Avenue. I've marked the circular depression on the Google aerial image & the 1908 map seems to confirm this is where the air shaft is situated today. (See below)
The Airshaft Map merge (02-06-10) : Graeme Bickerdike    website - http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/
The attached might help in your/Phill D's search for Greenside Tunnel's ventilation shaft (structure number BPL 14A SH1).
The MapMerge file is an overlay of a GoogleEarth image from 2009 with a 1908/9 map.
This technique works reasonably accurately - usually to within 10 feet or so. It suggests that Greenside's shaft is beneath an access road to garages off Wheatfield Court, behind Smalewell Road. It is around 240 yards from the tunnel's west portal.
The Airshaft Circular depression (02-06-10) : Graeme Bickerdike
The other file shows the circular 'depression' spotted by PhillD on the 2009 GoogleEarth view. However this was not there in 2006 (inset). If you look closely, the feature appears to have a shadow to its right, suggesting that it is actually some sort of structure.
Tunnel (16-04-10) : Phill Davison  See Phills photo stream on Flickr- http://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/476694432/in/photostream/
Inside the 616 yard tunnel.
 
The Airshaft  (02-06-10) : Graeme Bickerdike
I visited the tunnel yesterday and found that the access gates at both ends had been dismantled. As a result I was able to capture the attached view looking towards the east end from the bottom of the shaft. The tunnel has an S-shaped curvature but you are always in sight of one entrance.
Pudsey Greenside tunnel interior (23-11-06) : Graeme Bickerdike   website - http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/
The depth of the refuges is unusually generous. Perhaps the Great Northern took trackworker safety more seriously than its competitors or maybe it had a fatter workforce!
Western portal (31-07-05) : Rikj
The security gate had been jacked off its hinges. Not sure why as the padlock had also been removed. Don't know why they bothered doing that either as it's possible to crawl under the fence anyway. The tunnel itself shows little sign of vandalism,
graffiti or litter. There are unaccountably lots of pieces of wood throughout the tunnel.
Western portal (23-11-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
Greenside’s western portal looks out over a rusting oil drum and the ubiquitous shopping trolley.
Great autumn colours though.
Western portal (04-06-14) : Malcolm Mallison
Tunnel western portal at far end of quagmire, in cutting.
Pudsey Greenside tunnel drunken exploration (12-12-05) : Des Phillips
A friend J was lodging in Pudsey after splitting up with his girlfriend, late 2002. He used to go for last orders with a beer-oriented mate H at the excellent Fox and Grapes; a pub just above the West portal of Greenside tunnel. One night when I was visiting him from Cambridge, after our normal powers of unimaginative common sense were suitably anaesthetised, we decided that it would be a great idea to bash the tunnel in darkness by the light of H's rather dim torch. Not only that, but to take H's two Alsatians out for a nocturnal subterranean walk, who treated the experience with alacrity as if it were a walk in the park.
Greenside's a dry, rather pleasant tunnel to bash in comparison to some others we'd done (by accidentally losing our way on country walks, of course). Progress through the tunnel was interrupted by J and H stopping to light roll-up fags... a stiff breeze through the tunnel making lighting-up difficult. The Alsatians roamed and snuffled around enthusiastically among the ridges left by the ballast scraping. J even managed to make an alcophilic call on his mobile half-way through the tunnel! Don't know how that worked unless we got some peculiar GHz wave-guiding to the base-station! (I work in radio systems and still don't know how we achieved that).
Bridge (23-11-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
Fifty yards from the western portal is a bridge which carried a lane down the hill to Smalewell quarries.
Beyond it, the line crossed Pudsey Beck on an embankment which was reputed to be the largest in Europe.
Bridge (04-06-14) : Malcolm Mallison
Footbridge below Windmill Hill.
Trackbed (04-06-14) : Malcolm Mallison
180 degree turn from 004, looking along former trackbed.

Embankment

Embankment (1890) : Malcolm Mallison
6 inch maps from the 1890 survey.
The railway is still under construction in 1890, it wasn't  until 1893 when the extension from Pudsey Greenside station to Cutlers junction was opened.
Embankment Google screen shot (28-08-12) : Andrew Armitage
A series of photos of the embankment between Greenside & Tyersal & a screenshot from google maps showing where the following photos were taken.
1 Embankment (28-08-12) : Andrew Armitage
The first image shows the entire embankment, which appears as a line of trees. On the left, the embankment starts just under and to the right of the two pylons. To the right of the pylon in the centre of the picture, the power lines cross in front of the Bradford end of the embankment.
It’s really difficult to discern the embankment despite its size!
2 Embankment (28-08-12) : Andrew Armitage
The second image shows one side of the embankment, close to its tallest point (i.e. where it crosses the stream)
3 Embankment (28-08-12) : Andrew Armitage
The third image shows the embankment as you cross the stream. This is how it typical appears throughout its length – a long side of a woody hill.
 
4 Embankment (28-08-12) : Andrew Armitage
Fourth image is approaching the gap in the embankment where it crosses the path which becomes Tyersal Lane.
 
5 Embankment (28-08-12) : Andrew Armitage
Fifth image is a shot of the Bradford side.
Embankment (04-06-14) : Malcolm Mallison
Embankment from farmyard just off Tyersal Lane.
Culvert (04-06-14) : Malcolm Mallison
Culvert below embankment.
Tyersal Lane (04-06-14) : Malcolm Mallison
Remains of bridge carrying track across Tyersal Lane.

Cutlers Junction
Cutlers Junction (c1960) : Dennis Sefton
Facing south. The Pudsey Loop line curves off to the left, via Tyersall junction.
The line to Dudley Hill & Ardsley curves off to the right, via Broad Lane junction .
Cutlers Junction signal box diagram : Mark Neale
The diagram is dated 29/4/63 signed A F Wigram Chief S&T Engineer.
Arkwright St (nd) : Malcolm Mallison
Parapet of bridge crossing Arkwright St. Cutting has been infilled. (above photos taken from this bridge).

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