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Shipley to Skipton  (Leeds & Bradford Extension Railway)
1847 - Present
Midland Railway
Contributors:  © Reproduction prohibited / Mark Neale / Malcolm Mallison / David Taylor / Michael Kaye
                        Dave Walbank / Paul Holroyd / Keith Rose / Mark Pennington / Dave Scrivens / David Webdale
The Route
From Shipley via Saltaire, Bingley, Thwaites, Keighley, Steeton & Silsden,
Kildwick & Crosshills, Cononley, Skipton to Colne.
At Colne it terminated an end on junction with the East Lancashire Railway's
Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington and Colne Extension Railway.


Original Company
Opened by the Leeds & Bradford Extension Railway company.
Taken over by the Midland Railway company on 24 July 1851.

Shipley to Keighley 16-03-1847
Keighley to Skipton 07-09-1847
Skipton to Colne  02 -10 - 1848

Passengers & Freight - Skipton to Colne section of line closed in 1970.

Shipley station

Shipley stations map : David Webdale
Both GN & Midland stations shown.    See also Shipley & Windhill GNR
Shipley (c1909) : Malcolm Mallison
From the 1909 survey- Saltaire, Shipley (Midland & Great Northern stations) Frizinghall.
British Railways Illustrated : Paul Holroyd
British Railways Illustrated Vol 3 No 2 November 1993 includes an 11-page article on Shipley.       Website - www.vintagecarriagestrust.org
Shipley Bradford Jct signal box : Dave Scrivens
Dave Scrivens in Shipley Bradford Jct signal box.
Shipley Bradford Jct signal box : Dave Scrivens
Dave Scrivens in Shipley Bradford Jct signal box
Shipley totem : Paul Holroyd
Totem from the disused platform 1 at Shipley, now on display at the Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel. Website - www.vintagecarriagestrust.org
Shipley. Crossleys scrap yard (c1980) : Bill Harland
The Class 040 shunter at Crossleys scrapyard.    
Shipley. Crossleys scrap yard (c1980) : Bill Harland
The Class 31 arrives at Crossleys scrapyard.
Shipley (c1960) : Mark Neale
From one of our regular trainspotting locations (behind the Beehive, now Shipley Pride) a Northbound passenger creates atmosphere.
Shipley (c1960) : Mark Neale
Unknown `Jubilee` heads North rounding Shipley North curve.
Shipley (c1960) : Mark Neale
Fairburn tank 42093 heading towards Shipley, the location being mid way between Guiseley junction and Thackley junction signal boxes.
The building in the background is Valley Scouring.
Shipley (12-06-1949) : Mark Neale
50621 on a Bradford local standing in Platform 4 at Shipley 12/6/49.
Shipley Memories : Mark Neale
Mark Neale was born in Shipley in 1953 and very soon found that Shipley railway station was an extremely interesting place to be, situated as it is on a triangular junction. Mark considers the period from when he became interested to the end of steam in 1968 to be a very interesting period.
He cut his teeth at various places around the triangle at Shipley, but soon found the delights of Manningham, Holbeck, Copley Hill, Neville Hill and Skipton sheds. In fact most of the school holidays were spent in Leeds, alternating between City and Central (for the White Rose) stations and the outlying engine sheds.
Holidays spent within sight of the railway at Arnside, Deganwy and along the Settle & Carlisle reinforced his early interest.
In addition excursions from Bradford (Exchange) to Belle Vue zoo, and one to Whitley Bay taking in Darlington, Gateshead, and Newcastle enabled Mark to underline new sections of his Ian Allan Combined Volume. Towards the end of steam a couple of trips were made to York (via The North Briton) were memorable for the long lines of locomotives awaiting scrap. In the last few months of steam, Mark was attending Saltaire County Secondary School which had several classrooms and a playground bordering onto the line between Shipley and Saltaire. This resulted in Mark seeing lots of Scottish locomotives as they made their way South on their last journey.
The French classroom offered the best view of the line and Mark recalls recieving 500 lines from Mrs Matthews for leaping up and running to the window as an A4 made a rare appearance on a Southbound Thames-Clyde Express`. As steam ended , Mark started to frequent the embryonic Worth Valley Railway and worked on several steam locomotives such as the Crab 42700 and Royal Scot 46115 `Scots Gurdsman` as ther arrived from service with BR.
Along Familiar Lines : Book by Mark Neale
Neale's latest book looks at the human story of railways in the Bradford area. It includes stories from the days of construction, operation, and the more modern era. Included are features on the Aire Valley, Queensbury, Idle, and Yeadon lines. The book can be obtained from Saltaire Bookshop, Haworth Station, Embsay Station, at £3.50. Or direct from the publishers, City Gent, PO 56. Bradford BD13 3XR for £4 which includes postage.
Derailment (c1949) : Mark Neale
Here are a couple of pictures of a 1949 derailment of an express goods on the former MR main line adjacent to Salts MIll, between Shipley and Saltaire stations. Does anyone have further details?

Saltaire station
Saltaire (c1909) : Malcolm Mallison
From the 1909 survey- Saltaire, Shipley (Midland & Great Northern stations) Frizinghall.
Saltaire (c1960) : Mark Neale
Fairburn tank 42139 heads South through Saltaire with a Skipton-Bradford (Forster Square)  local train.
The locomotive is a Manningham 55f l allocation.
Saltaire (c1960) : Mark Neale
A `Flying Pig` Ivatt heads North through Saltaire with the inspection salon attached.
Note the long platforms and Salts Mill chimney in the distance.
Saltaire (c1960) : Mark Neale
The Prototype `Deltic`heads North between Shipley and Saltaire with the test train, having turned on the triangle at Shipley.
In the background is Saltaire County Secondary school where the contributor often trainspotted from various classrooms.
From the French classroom he was once given 500 lines -
"I must not trainspot during French" having leapt to the window following the unusual sight of an A4 on a Southbound `Thames-Clyde Express`.
Saltaire (c1960) : Mark Neale
Royal Scot 46145 `The Duke of Wellingtons Regiment (West Yorks) will be heading into even worse weather conditions once it hits the Settle & Carlisle with its `Thames-Clyde Express`. The location is Saltaire, which was later to close and re-open in more recent years.

Bingley station
Bingley station (1890) : Malcolm Mallison
6 inch maps from the 1890 survey.
Bingley Station (c1903) : Malcolm Mallison
Bingley old station (a couple of hundred yards NW of existing station, judging by position of 3 rise locks).
I recently saw a similar, if not identical photo, in an antique shop in Cullingworth, described as last day of operation of old station ?/?/1903.
Bingley signal box : Dave Scrivens
Dave Scrivens in Bingley signal box.
Bingley signal box : Dave Scrivens
Bingley Signal Box Interior.
Bingley signal box : Dave Scrivens
Bingley Signal Box exterior.
Bingley (17-05-1982) : Mark Pennington
31161 enters Bingley on the first day of the Carlisle-Leeds service, 17 May 1982. This service replaced the Glasgow-Nottingham trains,
and was in some eyes the precursor to closure of the Settle-Carlisle line. But it didn't work out that way.
It's hard to conceive that there is now a road between the railway and the canal.
Station masters house (n.d) : Malcolm Mallison
Station masterís house.
Bridge across River Aire at Crossflatts(n.d) : Malcolm Mallison
From the time when Bingley to Keighley was quadruple trackÖ
See https://britainfromabove.org.uk/en/image/EAW031373

Keighley station
Keighley Station map (1890) : Malcolm Mallison
6 inch maps from the 1890 survey.
Keighley Station (April 1987) : Michael Kaye
Keighley station yard.     See also Keighley GNR
Keighley Station (02-06-1975) : Charles Boylan
A refurbished class 108 dmu in a short lived livery at Keighley Station (still with canopies) dated unusually for me 2.06.1975.
Keighley Station (1981) : Andrew Ripley
A view of Keighley, I think from 1981, before they messed about with it.
Keighley sheds (n.d) : Dave Walbank
Keighley shed as it was starting to be demolished.
Keighley sheds (1952) : Dave Walbank
I've found the picture of keighley sheds taken in 1952
Keighley memories : Dave Walbank
Maybe my friend maybe out there somewhere and he might read this , I have'nt seen him since the mid sixties now we grew up together in a village near Keighley called Oakworth.  We used to go all over as kids collecting engine numbers we were nuts on steam engines Peter Carmen his name was.  
He moved away in 1966 to Preston with his folks to work on the Railways and I hav'nt seen him since.
He might still work on the Railways, even my wife used to enjoy steam engines as a child she used to go down the Worth Valley Railway and help paint stations and clean engines. Every Saturday my friend Peter and I would go to Leeds as I said before, after school each day we used to run down to Keighley station in time for the 4:10 pm train to come in the mail train, that always was a Jubilee class engine they were special engines because they had names as were the A1s',A3's,A4's Brittania,Clan,Royal Scot classes anything with names.
In the school holidays we'd go down and spend the day trainspotting in Keighley we'd have a term called cabbing where we used to stand on the footplate if the driver let us, in our books we used to put a line under the number and a little c at the side to say we had cabbed it. We went all over Crewe Works, Doncaster Works, Lancaster station, Leeds,Keighley station and Skipton.
I remember Dr Beeching, my friend and I used to hate him we used to blame him for all the engines getting scrapped that was a sad site seeing engines in shed sidings all rusty no running gear on waiting to be scrapped.
Diesels were'nt the same although we collected their numbers too I remember visiting Toton just after it was built it was posh not like the smelly steam sheds. I remember we could tell the class of engines by hearing their whistles, the best Diesels at the time were the Deltics they had a wonderful sound those and the whistlers the D200 class. Even those have sadly gone now those where brand new at the time along with the Peaks and the class47's.
I had a uncle Jack his name was he worked all his life on the railway started off as a engine cleaner worked his way up fireman and then to engine driver sadly he is dead now has been for some 18 yrs he died in the cab of his Diesel engine as he had parked it up at his depot. When we'd meet we used to spend hours talkin' about engines askin him what he had been drivin' and where he'd been.

Cononley (1975) : Keith Rose

Cononley Station in 1975.

Skipton station
Class 144 DMU (October 94) : Paul Holroyd    website - www.vintagecarriagestrust.org
Alexander Class 144 DMU in Regional Railways livery at Skipton, October 1994.
Class 144 DMU (October 94) : Paul Holroyd
Alexander Class 144 DMU at Skipton, October 1994. Note the maginifcently restored platform canopies.
Class 144 DMU (October 94) : Paul Holroyd
Alexander Class 144 DMU at Skipton, October 1994. View taken looking south towards Cononley.
Skipton station (October 94) : Paul Holroyd
Platform 4 of Skipton station, looking north. October 1994.
Skipton station (October 94) : Paul Holroyd
View taken from the top of the subway on platforms 3 and 4 at Skipton, showing the immaculately restored platform canopy.
Note the signalbox

Skipton to Grassington (Yorkshire Dales Railway)
Grassington (1972) : Keith Rose
Grassington Station in 1972.
The Yorkshire Dales Railway was a single track branch line from Skipton via Rylstone & Threshfield to Grassington.
Built & operated by the Midland railway Opened on 29th July 1902, closed 22nd September 1930.

Skipton to Ingleton railway

Gargrave (c1971) : Keith Rose
Gargrave Signal Box in 1973. The "little" North Western Railway,  later taken over by the Midland Railway,
opened a line from Skipton to Ingleton on 30 July 1849. Extended to Lancaster and Morecambe in 1850.