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Todmorden to Burnley (Copy Pit line)
1849 - Present
Lancashire & Yorkshire railway
Contributors:   Reproduction prohibited / Bernard Coomber  / David Taylor / Norman Sutcliffe / Philip Hardaker / David Webdale
The Route
From Hall Royd junction east of Hebden Bridge (& north west of Todmorden) to Gannow junction near Rose Grove Burnley, via Burnley Manchester road.

Length
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Original Companies
The Todmorden to Burnley line was opened by the Manchester and Leeds Railway.
The Manchester & Leeds became the Lancashire & Yorkshire railway in 1847.

Opening
12 November 1849.


Todmorden Triangle
Todmorden triangle junctions : David Taylor
Diagram of Todmorden Triangle. When the 'Copy Pit' line opened in 1849 Yorkshire trains had to reverse on and off it until opening of the spur between Hallroyd Junction and Stansfield Hall Junction in 1862 but that then resulted in trains from Yorkshire to the North West, particularly Blackpool, by-passing Todmorden so to overcome this a station was built at Stansfield Hall in 1869.
Stansfield Hall junction (2013) : David Taylor
Stansfield Hall Jnct. Either side of the tracks the approx site of Stansfield Hall platforms, opened 1869, closed 1944.
The disconnected Stansfield Curve (now seemingly re-named the Todmorden Curve) going off to the right. As of October 2013 work not yet started on this section of the curve which is due to re-open Sunday 18 May 2014. The new through service Blackburn to Manchester Victoria via the re-opened Curve will call at Accrington, Rose Grove, Burnley Manchester Road,Todmorden, Rochdale and Manchester Victoria. On Sundays the service will additionally call at Church & Oswaldwistle.

Stansfield Hall Station
Opened 1869. Closed 1944
Stansfield Hall Station (2013) : David Taylor

Site of Stansfield Hall Station eastbound. To the left the remains of the stone pier of the original footbridge which would have lead down to the eastbound platform.
Stansfield Hall Station (2013) : David Taylor
Site of Stansfield Hall Station eastbound building.
Stansfield Hall Station (2013) : David Taylor
Original cobbled path from the town up to the footbridge at Stansfield Hall.
Stansfield Hall Station (2013) : David Taylor
Street sign on the corner just below the footbridge.

Cornholme station
Opened 1878. Closed 26-09 1938
Cornholme station (2013) : David Taylor
Cornholme Station. Opened 1878, closed 1938. Image courtesy Pennine Horizons Digital Archive.
Cornholme station (2013) : David Taylor
Cornholme - 'Station Road'; the only surviving evidence there was once a station here.
Cornholme station (2013) : David Taylor
Cornholme - looking up the short Station Road to the track.

Portsmouth station
Opened 1849. Closed 07-07-1958
Portsmouth station (2013) : David Taylor

Portsmouth Station 1910 looking towards Burnley. Opened 1849, closed 1958. Image courtesy Pennine Horizons Digital Archive.
Portsmouth station (2013) : David Taylor
Portsmouth 'Station Parade'; again the only evidence there was once a station.
Portsmouth station (2013) : David Taylor
Portsmouth - site of platforms looking towards Todmorden.
Chatham Bridge (2013) : David Taylor
Chatham Bridge SE face. Under the right hand arch was either a siding or a loop and the site clearly visible.
What with Portsmouth and Chatham someone locally must have had an RN connection!
Note : Norman Sutcliffe
My recollection is that it was a loop and this seems to be confirmed by this website (not least by the signal box diagram):
www.hall-royd-junction.co.uk/Hall_Royd_Prototype/Copy_Pit_prototype.html

Copy Pit bank

Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
4th Aug.1968 2 black 5's storming Copy Pit.
Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
4th Aug. 1968 double-headed black 5's on Copy Pit bank, commemorating the end of steam on BR.
Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
4th Aug. 1968 double-headed black 5's on Copy Pit bank, commemorating the end of steam on BR.
Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
Summer of '68 2 8F's give a helping hand banking a freight up Copy Pit.
Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
Summer of '68 3 8F's 1 leading, 2 banking, get to grips with Copy Pit.
Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
Summer of '68 8F Copy Pit banker returns downhill to Todmorden.
Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
Summer of '68 8F on freight storms Copy Pit bank.
Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
Summer of '68 8F on freight storms up Copy Pit bank.

Copy Pit summit
Copy Pit summit (2013) : David Taylor
The eponymous 'Copy Pit' at the line's summit looking NW.
The people are on what is now the A646 with the covered way over the road to take coal to the siding. Image courtesy Pennine Horizons Digital Archive.
Copy Pit line (2013) : David Taylor
The 'Copy Pit' looking SE. The A646 overbridge is just visible beneath the farm track bridge. Image courtesy Pennine Horizons Digital Archive.
Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
After banking a heavy freight up from Todmorden loco class 8F takes a break along side Copy Pit box.
Copy Pit : Bernard Coomber
Summer of '68, class 8F banking engine crew take a well earned break and a few words with the signalman at Copy Pit box.
Copy Pit line (2013) : David Taylor
Looking NW from the A646 overbridge to the site of the signal box and siding which were just beyond the girder bridge, which now only carries power cables.
Copy Pit (1984) : Philip Hardaker
The Age of the Train 1984. These are two pictures from early 1984, we took a full HST unit over to Copy Pit over in Lancashire for the filming of "The Age of the train" The driver was the Late Ken Downing of Holbeck MPD. Brings back great memories!

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