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Royston to Dewsbury Savile Town Goods
1906 - 1950
Midland Railway
Contributors:  © Reproduction prohibited / Andrew Stopford / Graeme Bickerdike/ Richard Sterry / John Gorthorpe
                           Graham Smith / Jonathan Armitage / Phill Davison / Eric Hair / Roy Lambeth / David Webdale
The Route
From Royston Junction on the Midland Railway between Derby & Leeds, Hunslet Lane to Dewsbury Savile Town goods via Crigglestone (goods) & Middletown (goods) & a connection to the L&Y Calder Valley line at Thornhill.


Original Company
Opened by the Midland Railway company.

1st March 1906.

18th December 1950.
Huddersfield Midland Railway Extension
The Midland planned to build its own mainline between Sheffield & Bradford, to avoid the congested areas around Leeds.
The Newtown goods line was part of this scheme.
The Lancashire & Yorkshire eventually gave the Midland running powers on its lines so the scheme was never completed.
From Royston junction, the line only got as far as Dewsbury, where it terminated at Savile town goods yard.

Thornhill Midland Junction

Dewsbury map : Ralph Rawlinson
Midland connecting line (Thornhill Jn to Middlestown Jn)
The short Midland connecting line between Middlestown Junction down to Thornhill Midland Junction on the L&Y Calder Calley main line.
Midland connecting line, Thornhill Midland Junction (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Thornhill Midland Junction.
Midland connecting line, Thornhill Midland Junction (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Thornhill Midland Junction looking up the branch.
Midland connecting line, overbridge (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Photo shows overbridge carrying the line almost at Thornhill Midland Junction (Dewsbury is to the left)
Midland connecting line, Calder & Hebble bridge (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Bridge carrying the branch over the Calder & Hebble Navigation (Dewsbury is in front of me).
Midland connecting line, Calder & Hebble bridge (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Bridge over the Calder & Hebble Navigation - looking towards Middlestown.
Midland connecting line, Stone arch approach (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Close up of stone arch approach to the main cast iron span.
Midland connecting line, ducting (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
cable ducting still in place.
Midland connecting line, trackbed (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
New use for the trackbed - bee hives!
Midland connecting line, Middlestown Junction (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Middlestown Junction - looking east. Savile Town Branch coming in from right.
Midland connecting line, occupation bridge (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Occupation bridge, Savile Town Branch just east of Middlestown Junction.
Midland connecting line, occupation bridge (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Substantial occupation bridge - note pile of sleepers to deter motor bikes!
Midland connecting line, occupation bridge (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
View from the occupation bridge down onto the branch - Savile Town Branch visible coming in from right to left towards Middlestown Junction.
'Dive under' (23-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
 'Dive under' at Middlestown Junction. Trains going down the bank to Thornhill Midland Junction went through here.
'Dive under' (23-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Looking along the 'dive under' towards Thornhill Midland Junction - this would have seemed like a very closely confined short tunnel.
Branch to Middlestown Junction (23-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Recreation of Railway Memories (No 11 page77) shot  - looking at the branch up to Middlestown Junction.
The Savile Town Branch runs right to left near the top of the shot.
Savile Town Branch near Middlestown Junction (23-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Savile Town Branch near Middlestown Junction. Work in progress - the trackbed has been 'scraped' down to its old level.
Is this just for the farmer's access?
Occupation bridge (23-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Occupation bridge over the Savile Town Branch - just east of Middlestown Junction.

Saville Town to Royston

Dewsbury map : David Webdale

See also Dewsbury page
Saville Town warehouse (23-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
I think I have 'found' the Savile Town goods warehouse.
I have passed this building many times and not given it a thought, but today I was held up in traffic next to it, and when I looked at the brickwork I realised it was quite old, although the building has had some work done to the roof and had a new 'lean to' office grafted on to the side. I had a drive round it and it slowly dawned on me that it must be the warehouse.
The 'clincher' is the evidence of the 'train sized' bricked up entrance in the end wall!
South Street/Warren Street (07-06) : Andrew Stopford
Bridge over the line of the Savile Town goods branch - near South Street/Warren Street, Savile Town, looking away from Savile Town. July 06.
Savile road tunnel (06-02-07) : Andrew Stopford
Managed to find the northern portal of the Savile Town Goods Branch tunnel under Savile Road, Dewsbury!
I think the southern portal is well and truly buried unless somebody knows different...! You can see into it through the fence.
It seems fairly dry but there is a lot of rubbish inside.
Trackbed (03-02-07) : Andrew Stopford
Facing toward Dewsbury Headfield road to the right
Bridge (03-02-07) : Andrew Stopford
Overbridge off the common near Thornhill
OS Map 1980 : Hadfield road & Canal crossing : David Webdale
Headfield road facing south  (31-05-04) : David Webdale
Bridge buttresses clearly visible on each side of Headfield road.
To the right the line headed  towards Savile town & crossed the Ravensthorpe to Wakefield line,  

the Ravensthorpe to Wakefield line passes under the road here.
Right hand side of  Headfield road facing south.  (31-05-04) : David Webdale
Just to the right of above photo, remnants of the other side of the bridge.
Headfield road bridge (03-02-07) : Andrew Stopford
Brick detail
Headfield road bridge facing south (03-02-07) : Andrew Stopford
looking across the ravine.
The Ravensthorpe to Wakefield line is down in the bottom.
Thornhill canal crossing facing south (18-07-04) : David Webdale
Photographed from the Calder Hebble navigation towpath, a couple of hundred yards west of the locks.
Found this massive three arch viaduct, obscured by trees.
Thornhill canal crossing facing north (03-02-08) : Andrew Stopford
Savile Town 004: Shot of the viaduct carrying the Midland's Savile Town branch over the Calder & Hebble Navigation near Headfield Junction.
Thornhill canal crossing  (03-02-07) : Andrew Stopford
Underbridge Thornhill (17-05-08) : Andrew Stopford
Found another underbridge on the Savile Town branch, east of the connection down to the Calder Valley line, very close to Thornhill. Condition is quite poor - part of the parapet wall has collapsed and some of the brick arch lining has also come away!
Canal loading dock. (06-06-04) : David Webdale
Found what looks to be some sort of loading dock, not sure this has anything to do with railways, took a picture anyway.
Bridge in background carries the B6117.

Note : (16-04-08) :
Graham Smith
The Royston to Savile Town MR line is now showing another lost relic of our industrial past…..
The lovely loading dock type structure that always fascinated me when I mountain biked past it on the canal bank has now gone forever
to be replaced by another cheap development of flats or 4 storey town houses.
The developers may even have re-used the stone from this structure to form the wire-caged canal banking reinforcement that they have replaced these wonderful arches with. The development is on the land behind the Lord Nelson pub (I think!) that is by the bridge in the background on the photo.
Horbury Bridge viaduct on the A 642 from Huddersfield Facing East. (25-04-04) : David Webdale
Driven under this viaduct loads of times, I think its ace.
Horbury Bridge viaduct (30-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike     website -  http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/
This is an alternative view of Horbury Bridge viaduct, looking west from the site of a new housing estate.
Like other structures on the line, it’s built of blue engineering brick and remains in good condition.
It is, of course, only a youngster in railway terms.
Crigglestone Google Earth (30-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
This is a Google Earth snapshot showing the local railway equivalent of Spaghetti Junction. The Royston-Saville Town line ran east-west across the viaduct and then under it, from left to right, was Crigglestone curve (Horbury Station Junction-Crigglestone Junction), the canal sidings from Pepper’s Yard, the colliery branch serving pits at Bullcliffe Wood, Denby Grange and Caphouse, and the existing Wakefield-Barnsley route.
Crigglestone viaduct (30-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
The viaduct at Calder Grove (known as Crigglestone viaduct) has 19 arches and crossed Pepper’s Yard (the British Oak site)
and a colliery branch up to Midgley and Flockton.
Crigglestone viaduct April 2004 : Richard Sterry
Taken in April 2004, after workmen had cleared a lot of the vegetation from and around the viaduct.
Crigglestone viaduct April 2004 : Richard Sterry
Crigglestone viaduct April 2004 : Richard Sterry
Crigglestone viaduct (30-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
The northern side of the viaduct, viewed from the former sidings at Calder Grove. It’s a shame there’s so much vegetation – no more than half the structure can be seen from any vantage point.
Crigglestone viaduct (19-12-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
This is another view of Crigglestone viaduct, this time from the south side. It shows 14 of the 19 arches and is taken from the former site of Pepper’s Yard. There are some fabulous colour photos of the sidings, circa June 1968, on Geoff Plumb’s fotopic page. http://geoff-plumb.fotopic.net/c853638.html
Crigglestone viaduct (30-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
Immediately east of the viaduct, the route crossed over the Wakefield-Barnsley line on a single-arch bridge which, in practical terms, was a continuation of the viaduct.
The line then ran through fields before diving under the M1 just south of junction 39. I understand the section from Thornhill Midland Junction to Crigglestone East was actually closed in August 1968. For the last three month’s of its life, the line was used by construction traffic for the motorway. The rest of the route to Royston had closed in May ‘68.
Crigglestone curve (30-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
A huge embankment carried the line on its approach to the viaduct at Calder Grove. Crigglestone curve passed through it in a short tunnel. This line was severed from the network in February 1991 and part of the track removed. A stockpile of concrete sleepers remain.

Crigglestone tunnel

Crigglestone tunnel (30-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
The western portal of Crigglestone tunnel looks tiny in this photograph but is, in fact, quite a monster.
It sits in a quiet cutting just 100 yards east of the M1.
I’m not sure of the tunnel’s exact length but it’s relatively short – no more than 300 yards.
Crigglestone tunnel September 2004 : Richard Sterry
Western portal.
Crigglestone tunnel (30-11-08) : Phill Davison
I was a bit worried we'd left it too late in the day to get any good daylight shots of the portal. It obviously doesn't matter if It's night or day once inside the tunnel. I needn't have worried, I think this light painted shot is far more eerie and atmospheric.
See more at http://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/sets/72157610545342778/detail/
Crigglestone tunnel (30-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
This is the view looking over the palisade fencing. It’s very wet inside with water pouring from the roof, especially near the portal. The bore curves slightly to the right as it reaches the eastern end which is now bricked up and buried by landfill.
Crigglestone tunnel (c1990) : Graeme Bickerdike
I found this shot in a forgotten packet of prints. It shows the view out from the western end in those enlightened days (1990…ish) before ‘health n safety’ and the delights of palisade fencing.
Crigglestone tunnel (30-11-08) : Phill Davison
This is without a doubt the largest bore of any tunnel I've been in. The painted grafitti reads 'Do not enter' and Crigglestone is certainly well fortified to keep any undesireables out. Criggleston is a relatively short tunnel at only 250 yds long.  These days it sits in a hard to reach, secluded cutting with cars passing by on the M1 only a 100 yards away.
Crigglestone tunnel (30-11-08) : Phill Davison
Criggleston tunnel has lots of water ingress running down the walls, coating them with rich Iron and Calcite deposits.
In very dry tunnels there is very little atmosphere. In tunnels were there is lots of water ingress, there is plenty of weird and wonderful sounds to be had. Drips hitting old tin cans are magnified out of all proportion. Your voices are played over again. making you think there is some one else in the tunnel further down. Passing Wagons on the nearby M1, make an eerie deep rumbling sound within the tunnel at Criggleston.
Crigglestone tunnel (30-11-08) : Phill Davison
There's always a more of a sinister atmosphere when a tunnel has been blocked off and filled in from behind. The bore of Crigglestone tunnel curves to the right, revealing the capped off East portal in the distant gloom.
Crigglestone tunnel September 2004 : Richard Sterry
The capped-off eastern end. Done in concrete very neatly before the cutting on the far side was backfilled. An idea of the scale can be gained by how high the graffiti reaches up the capping - you can bet that the 'artists' were standing on tip-toe, possibly helped a little by odd bits of wood lying around on the track bed, which is just visible at the very bottom of the photo. The yellowy-orange blob about two-thirds of the way up the capping is a torch beam, so I could see where to point the camera!
Crigglestone tunnel (30-11-08) : Phill Davison
My companions on the day Jordan and Rich, give a good sense of scale to the size of the blocked off East portal of Crigglestone tunnel. It's seems a little strange stood on this side of the tunnel, knowing there is thousands of tonnes of landfill behind the concrete wall. See more at http://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/sets/72157610545342778/detail/
Newmillerdam Barnsley Road bridge (19-12-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
The trackbed between Crigglestone tunnel and Newmillerdam has largely been reclaimed and the cutting west of Barnsley Road bridge is infilled. The bridge itself comprises stone abutments, skew cross-girders with brick vaulting in-between.
Newmillerdam Country Park (19-12-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
The trackbed, now a public footpath, sits in a shallow cutting and bisects the Country Park.
Newmillerdam Viaduct (19-12-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
Believe it or not, this is the deck of a viaduct. Ground level today is three or four feet higher than when the railway crossed it, hence the need for post-and-wire fencing.
Newmillerdam Three arch viaduct (19-12-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
Viewed from the north, the viaduct has three, flat arches and is of a similar construction to its big sisters at Horbury Bridge and Crigglestone, including the blue engineering brick.
Newmillerdam Three arch viaduct (19-12-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
The brickwork in close-up.
I wonder if there was any purpose to these features or did the engineer just have designs on being an architect?
Newmillerdam Three arch bridge (10-01-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
To the east of the viaduct, the route once again passes through a cutting on the approach to this three arch bridge.
Drainage is clearly poor nowadays but the footpath is high and dry, just off to the left.
Newmillerdam Three arch bridge (10-01-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
It would appear that the central arch is not in great condition. A framework has been constructed under it
(good to see old bullhead rail being put to good use) and timbers inserted to support the masonry.
The trackbed then crosses open countryside, mostly on a tree-lined embankment, as it passes to the north of Notton.
Occupation bridge (21-03-08) : Andrew Stopford
Occupation bridge with 'rail' strengthening - between Newmillerdam & Royston Junction.
Occupation bridge (21-03-08) : Andrew Stopford
Detail of rudimentary strengthening of occupation bridge, using old rail! Between Newmillerdam & Royston Junction.
Gradient post (21-03-08) : Andrew Stopford
Infrastructure survivor! Gradient post?
Cable conduit (21-03-08) : Andrew Stopford
Cable conduit - Royston Junction just after start of the branch.
Royston Footbridge (11-10-09) : Eric Hair
There is a Planning application to demolish the above.
I’ve suggested they at least use the old balustrade ironwork on the new level structure.
Line of branch (21-03-08) : Andrew Stopford
Line of branch (partially covered) follows line of trees and abandoned fencing  just outside Crigglestone
(Crigglestone is to right).
Old Royston bridge (10-01-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
At Old Royston, another bridge with three flat arches – again, not in the best of nick.
Note how the left-hand arch has dipped. There are large cracks in the parapet and some of the brickwork has fallen away.
Royston cutting (10-01-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
Curving to the south, the line entered a cutting as it approached the main line. Silver birch have swallowed any remnants of the railway, but it’s still a pleasant walk – part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

Royston junction
Royston junction signal box (nd) : John Gorthorpe
The Midland Railway at Royston Junction. The signal box controlled the line to Dewsbury Saville Town Goods (Thornhill Line)
and also I believe the sidings into Monkton Coke Works.
Royston junction  (nd) : John Gorthorpe
The HST is passing Royston Junction signal box heading towards Oakenshaw Junction. The empty hoppers are heading towards Royston, possibly heading for Grimethorpe Colliery.
Old Royston junction (10-01-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The junction was at Old Royston, site of yet another three arched bridge. I can’t explain its rather strange construction, with the deck of the right-hand arch being half the width of the other two. The Royston-Dewsbury was on a raised formation and would have passed under the left-hand arch, which I guess is a more recent addition.
Old Royston junction (10-01-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The view south from the road bridge, towards the junction itself.
Royston junction (26-08-08) Jonathan Armitage
Royston jcn to Cudworth: This view looking towards cudworth,the former royston box was on the right.
Royston jcn to Oakenshaw sth jcn: This view looking towards wakefield shows the remaining line of the former midland mainline.
Royston jcn to crigglestone: This image shows the overbridge at navvy lane old royston with which the line to crigglestone and Middlestown junction ran beneath.
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