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   Cleckheaton Central
Youtube from Darren Hosker.
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y54by74Tbgs   See also Mirfield Low Moor
   Clayton & Denholme tunnels
   A walk through Clayton & Denholme tunnels : Wetdog video.

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxEWATm6IIg  See also Queensbury Bradford
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_eNw08U02M  See also Queensbury Keighley
   North Dean Branch
   Vale Viaduct. An astounding structure to build on a two mile dead-end branch line.
   Photos : Malcolm Mallison.
   See North Dean
   Gomersal tunnel
   Rumble video : AddventureTrips

   https://rumble.com/v2pdkys-gomersal-railway-tunnel.html   See also Leeds New Line
   Morley Low Station
   Morley Low is to be replaced with a new station : Paul Holroyd.

   See Leeds Mirfield
   Armley Canal Road
   What remains of Armley Canal Road station : New Motorcycle Guy
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HprI6GMn6EY     See also Leeds Bradford
   Cleckheaton Central
   Cleckheaton Central Station : Paul Holroyd.
   See Mirfield Low Moor
   Hainworth Lane, Keighley : Paul Holroyd.
   See Queensbury Keighley
   Batley GNR
   Pedestrian tunnels & retaining walls : Paul Holroyd.
   See Adwalton Wakefield
   Leeds Central
   Leeds Central sign on display at www.vintagecarriagestrust.org : Paul Holroyd.
   See Leeds West

Towns - Stations & Closures
A list of all west Yorkshires towns & passenger stations, open or closed.
Links to stations included on the site
Exchange, Adolphus Street, Forster Square & the Bowling junction to Laisterdyke avoiding line, Exchange station, with its two arched roofs just before demolition began in 1976 & the new Interchange terminal replacement. Photo's : Andrew Wilson.
Five stations & four companies, plenty going on here. Photo : Graeme Bickerdike
Small town, big attitude. Photo : Phill Davison
A wander round Leeds, including Farnley viaduct, Holbeck Depot, Leeds City, Central & Wellington stations,  Holbeck junction, Wortley west curve & Whitehall junction.
L&Y GNR 60s & 80s. Photo : Roy Lambeth.

Towns outside west Yorkshire
Splendid mainline gricing.
Lime Street & Edge Hill.
Victoria, Mayfield, Piccadilly & Exchange.
Sheffield Midland station, formally Pond street.
Under the wires & on the viaduct. Includes photos from the 80s.
Shenanigans from the 60s & 80s. Includes a look at the old York station.
Exploring the routes & uncovering the history of the lost, abandoned, disused & dismantled railways of  West Yorkshire:
Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley, Halifax, Wakefield, Queensbury Shipley. Including the Aire, Calder & Spen Valley.

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Lost Railways West Yorkshire
© David Webdale
Maps, routes & companies
Covering the period from 1834 to its peak in 1910 through to the present day.
Towns - Stations & Closures
A list of all west Yorkshires towns & passenger stations, open or closed.
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Let us know if you would like to be included.

Vintage Carriages Trust
The trust owns and operates the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow near Keighley.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway  Re-opened in 1968 by the Keighley & Worth valley Preservation Society. 
Middleton Railway
The first standard gauge line to be run by volunteers.
The ill-fated Transperience venture opened at Low Moor on 1st  July 1995.
Save The Woodhead Tunnel
The tunnel  faces permanent closure to trains due to using the tunnel for cabling.
Railway Ramblers
About the organization & gazetteer detailing the routes & relics along closed lines.
Dr Richard Beeching
The development of Britain's railways & the man who helped re-shape them.
Colliery Lines
A large amount of railway building in this area was to access Yorkshire coalfields.
Cab Rides
Drivers eye view. Photos from  Michael Kaye &  Philip Hardaker.
James Mackenzie was the 03-02-12 winner. Subject lost railways of west Yorkshire.
Bits & bats of stuff I cant think of anywhere to put. Photo: Gareth Beaumont
Multiple Units
Many a branch line kept open by these little fellas, by Paul Holroyd of the VCT.
Building up a library of the books I spend a lot of time squinting at.

 Routes By Company
 Great Northern Railway (G.N.R) Lines
Adwalton - Wakefield
From Wrenthorpe south junction on the Doncaster to Leeds Line 3/4 of a mile north of Wakefield Westgate, to Adwalton Junction, on the GN Wakefield Bradford line,
via Alverthorpe, Flushdyke, Ossett, Chickenley Heath, Batley GN, Upper Batley & Howden Clough.  GNR 1864. Photo : Andrew Stopford.
Ardsley to Laisterdyke
From Laisterdyke, east of Bradford, to Ardsley via Dudley Hill, Birkenshaw & Tong,
Drighlington & Adwalton, Adwalton junction, Gildersome, Morley Top & Tingley.  GNR 1857. Photo : Dennis Sefton.
Batley to Beeston
From Batley west  junction to Tingley west junction via Woodkirk,
& from Tingley east junction to Beeston junction. GNR 1890. Photo : Simon Edgerton.
Beeston Junction - Hunslet Goods
From Beeston Junction on the GNR main line into Leeds. The line turns east crosses the canal (on a swing bridge) & the River Aire & turns
NW to terminate at Hunslet goods station a mile from the city centre. GNR 1899. Photo's : David Webdale.
Dewsbury Loop (Ossett to Batley)
From Runtlings Lane Junction Ossett, to Batley
west junction & GNR station.
Via Earlseaton, Dewsbury Central & Batley Carr.
G.N.R 1880. Photo : Humphrey Burton
Laisterdyke to Shipley
From a triangular junction at Laisterdyke east & Cutlers junction. Via Eccleshill, Idle, Thackley & terminating at Shipley and Windhill station.
Opened for goods in August 1874 & passengers in April 1875. Photo : Bob Cockcroft
Leeds to Bradford (GNR)
From Leeds Central station to Bradford Adolphus Street,
via Armley & Wortley, Bramley, Stanningley & Laisterdyke. Opened throughout  1st August 1854. Photo Dave Walbank.
Pudsey Loop
Branch Lines from both Stanningley & Bramley to Pudsey Greenside via Pudsey Lowtown. Later extended to Cutlers junction to join
the Ardsley Laisterdyke line.
Pudsey Greenside Tunnel & cutting soon to be backfilled. GNR 1893. Photo : Phill Davison.
The Queensbury Lines
Four pages of the GNR lines Between Queensbury, Halifax, Bradford & Keighley.
Queensbury Station     Queensbury - Bradford     Queensbury - Halifax     Queensbury - Keighley
See Richard Barnes Holmfield photo's on the Queensbury - Halifax page.
 Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (L & Y.R) Lines
Calder Valley Main Line
From Manchester to Normanton. To keep the line flat & straight it managed to avoid some big towns like Halifax & Huddersfield. Built by the L&Y in 1840.
Line still open but many stations lost. Photo : Phill Davison.
Clayton West Branch
From Shepley, on the Huddersfield Pennistone line, to Clayton West terminus. Opened in 1879 by the L&Y, the line survived up to 1983.
It is now the Kirklees Light Railway. Photo : Bill Harland.
Copley & Greetland - Low Moor
From Greetland junction to Low Moor, via Halifax Shaw Syke, Halifax Old station,, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Wyke & Norwood Green.
Also Dryclough junction to Milner Royd junction section, via Copley. Photo : Bernard Coomber.
Cutsyke - Methley
From Methley Junction on the Midland Leeds to Normanton line, via Lofthouse Junction, over the NER line to Church Fenton,
& joined the NER line from Castleford at Cutsyke Junction. L&Y 1849. Photo : Michael Kaye
Holmfirth Branch
From junction on the Huddersfield - Penistone line near Brockholes, to Holmfirth terminus, via Thongsbridge.
Built by the L&Y, opened in 1850. Contains some choice shots of Holmfirth station in the 1980s from Tony Button.
Horbury West Curve
At a little under 1¾ miles in length, Horbury West Curve (known locally as the Crigglestone Curve) provided a connection between the
Lancashire & Yorkshire’s main Todmorden-Wakefield line and its branch to Barnsley. Opened by the L&Y 1902, disconnected in 1991.
Photo's : Graeme Bickerdike.
Huddersfield - Penistone
From Springwood junction on the Heaton Lodge to Stalybridge line, to Penistone, on the Manchester to Sheffield Woodhead line,
via Lockwood, Berry Brow, Honley, Brockholes, Stocksmoor, Shepley & Denby Dale. Opened in 1850. Photo : David Webdale.
Meltham Branch
From junction at Lockwood on the Penistone to Huddersfield line, via Netherton, Healey House, terminating at Meltham.
Opened by the L&Y in 1869, was closed to passengers in May 1949 but remained open for David Brown tractor freight up until April 1965. Photo's from Julie Knowles.
Mirfield - Low Moor (Cleckheaton branch)
From Mirfield via Northorpe, Liversedge, Heckmondwike & Cleckheaton Central. Over 150 photo's of this stretch of line, including Mirfield sheds, still plenty of left to see. Forms part of the Spen Valley Greenway, so most of it easy walking. Photo : Mark Anthony Astley collection.
North Dean (Stainland) branch
North Dean Branch from Greetland  junction to Stainland, 1875.
Photo : Bernard Coomber.
Pickle Bridge Line
Between Anchor Pit Junction near Brighouse & Wyke. Opened by the L&Y in 1881.
Some decent relics still left on this 3
¾ mile line. Also includes the blowing up of Wyke viaduct on page 2.  Photo : David Webdale
Ravensthorpe Branch
Thornhill to Heckmondwike. Short but interesting section of line with most bridges still intact.
Connected to the Leeds New Line at Heckmondwike in 1966 to supply the Charrington Hargreaves oil terminal, now forms part of the Spen Valley Greenway. Photo : Greame Walton.
Sowerby Bridge - Rishworth
An extension of the Sowerby Bridge to Ripponden branch. L&Y 1881. Photo's : Richard Barnes.
Todmorden - Burnley
From Hall Royd junction east of Todmorden to Gannow junction near Rose Grove Burnley, via Burnley Manchester road.
Opened by the Manchester and Leeds Railway on 12th  November 1849. Photos : Bernard Coomber.
Wakefield - Goole
From Wakefield Westgate to Goole, via Pontefract. Photo : David Ambler.
 London & North Western Railway (L & N.W.R) Lines
Batley to Birstall Lower (goods)
From Batley (Birstall Junction) to Birstall Lower, 2 miles (single track) Opening Batley to Birstall Lower, 30th September 1852.
Intermediate station at Carlinghow opened 1st April 1872. Photo : Allan Shaw.
Heaton Lodge to Stalybridge
From Heaton Lodge junction 3 miles east of Huddersfield on the Calder Valley Main Line to Stalybridge Lancashire.
Opened throughout in 1849, the route takes in Huddersfield & the 3 mile long Standedge tunnels. Photos from : Phill Davison.
Kirkburton Branch
From Kirkburton junction 2 miles east of Huddersfield station, on the L.N.W.R Huddersfield to Heaton Lodge line,
to Kirkburton station (terminated) via Kirkheaton. Length  4 1/2 miles, opened 7th October 1867. Photo : David Webdale.
Leeds to Mirfield
From Dewsbury junction, east of Mirfield on the Calder Valley mainline to Leeds Central station terminus.
Via Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury Wellington Road, Batley & Morley Low. Opened September 1848. Photo : Philip Hardaker.
Leeds New Line
Between Heaton Lodge junction Huddersfield & Farnley junction Leeds. L.N.W.R  1900. Six pages & loads of maps.
An in depth study of one of the regions youngest lines. See the Gildersome tunnel exploration on page six. Photo: Phill Davison.
 Midland Railway (M. R) Lines
Guiseley - Yeadon
Opened originally by the the Guiseley Yeadon & Rawdon railway company on 26th Feb 1894.
The line was only ever used for goods traffic & occasional excursions & was closed in 1964. Photo : D Downs, M Neale collection.
Hunslet Midland goods
The former Midland Goods station is now the Crown Point Retail Park Leeds. The cutting was recently sold at auction
by Pugh & Company on behalf of BRB (Residuary) Ltd.
Guide price £83,000, went for £138,000. It was sold as being suitable for landfill. Photo : Phill Davison.
Leeds - Bradford
From Leeds Wellington station to Bradford Forster Square, via Shipley.
Includes interior photos of the disused Thackley old tunnel, from Phil Davison.
Leeds - Derby
Opened in July 1840. One of George Hudson's lines built originally by the North Midland Railway company.
It connected with the York & North Midland line at Altofts junction a mile north of Normanton. With the L&Y Calder valley line joining south
at Goose Hill, the Victorians thought Normanton would become big enough to rival Crewe. Photo : Michael Kaye.
Newtown Goods
Between Newtown  Huddersfield & Mirfield Jct. Midland 1910. In depth study with two pages & maps. Photo Simon Green.
Royston - Dewsbury Savile town
Royston to Dewsbury Savile Town. Midland Railway 1906. The Midland planned to build its own mainline between
Sheffield & Bradford to avoid the congested areas around Leeds.
The L&Y later gave the Midland running powers on its lines so the scheme was never completed. Photos : Phill Davison.
Shipley - Skipton
From Shipley via Saltaire, Bingley, Thwaites, Keighley, Steeton & Silsden, Kildwick & Crosshills, Cononley to Skipton.
Opened by the Leeds & Bradford Extension Railway company. The Skipton to Colne section closed in 1970. Photo Mark Neale.
Skipton - Ilkley
From Skipton to Ilkley via Embsay, Bolton Abbey, & Addingham.
Opened as an extension of the Otley Ilkley line by the Midland railway in1888 : Michael Kaye.
 North Eastern Railway (N.E.R) Lines
Arthington to Otley
Via Pool in Wharfdale. The North Eastern Railway began operating between Arthington & Otley on Feburary 1st 1865. Photo's : Keith Rose.
Castleford - Garforth
Via Ledston, Bowers Halt & Kippax & Allerton Bywater. NER 1878. The massive span of the cast iron bridge is in a terrible condition.
Huge girders have split in half & the decking is paper thin. I find it amazing that fully laden coal trains were using this bridge
as little as 14yr's ago. Photo's : Graeme Bickerdike.
Church Fenton - Harrogate
The first railway to be closed by Dr Beeching in 1964. N.E.R 1848. Includes some choice interior shots of prospect tunnel.
Photo's : Phill Davison. Brunswick Tunnel & Air Raid Shelter exploration, the latest scoop for the Leeds Historical Expedition Society.
Make sure to see Phills blog - links within.
Leeds to Harrogate
Headingley, Horsforth, Arthington & Bramhope tunnel. N.E.R 1849. Photo : Malcolm Mallison.
Leeds to Selby
From Marsh Lane, Leeds to Selby. Opened by Leeds & Selby Railway company in 1834. Photo : David Webdale.
Leeds to Wetherby
From junction on Leeds Selby at Cross Gates to Wetherby, via Penda’s Way, Scholes, Thorner, Bardsey, & Collingham Bridge.
N.E.R 1876. Photo's : Malcolm Mallison.
York - Knaresborough - Starbeck
From Poppleton junction on the York to Darlington line to Knaresborough & from Knaresborough to Starbeck.
NER 1848. Photos : Malcolm Mallison
 Joint Lines
Holmfield to St Pauls (Halifax)
Built originally by the Halifax High Level Railway company 1890. Photo : Richard Barnes
Lofthouse junction to Lofthouse & Outwood
A five mile joint NER L&Y & GNR venture opened in to freight in 1865 & passengers in 1869.
Closed to passengers in 1957, but kept open for freight up until 1981. Photo : Dave Watson.
Otley to Ilkley
Joint North Eastern & Midland Railway, opened in 1865.
The two companies combined to construct & manage a joint line between Otley & Ilkley. Photo : David Webdale.
 East & West Yorkshire Union Railway (Colliery Lines)
East & West Yorkshire Union Railway
Consisting of branches, it served the Robin Hood & Newmarket collieries, although a section of the line had a short lived passenger service.
The E&WYUR was opened in 1891 & remained an independent company until the LNER takeover in 1923. Photo c/o Michael Kaye.

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