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Britain's railways 1834 - present    Routes & companies
Contributors:   Reproduction prohibited
                        David Webdale /
Ralph Rawlinson / Richard Strand / Simon Edgerton / John Sutcliffe / Malcolm Mallison / John Roberts / Keith Looker
Routes by company
 Great Northern Lines  L & N.W.R Lines  L & Y Lines  Midland Lines  N E R Lines
Adwalton - Wakefield Batley - Birstall Lower Calder Valley - Main Line Guiseley - Yeadon Arthington to Otley
Ardsley - Laisterdyke Heaton Lodge - Stalybridge Clayton West Branch Leeds - Bradford Castleford - Garforth
Batley - Beeston Kirkburton Branch Copley & Greetland - Low Moor Leeds - Derby Church Fenton - Harrogate
Beeston Jn -Hunslet Gds Leeds New Line Cutsyke - Methley Leeds Hunslet Junction -
Midland Goods
Leeds - Harrogate
Dewsbury Loop Leeds - Mirfield Holmfirth Branch Newtown Goods Leeds -Selby
Laisterdyke - Shipley   Horbury West Curve Royston -
Dewsbury Savile town
Leeds - Wetherby
Leeds - Bradford   Huddersfield - Penistone Shipley - Skipton  
Pudsey Loop   Meltham Branch Skipton - Ilkley  
Queensbury Lines   Mirfield - Low Moor    
    North Dean Branch    
    Pickle Bridge Line    
    Ravensthorpe Branch    
    Sowerby Bridge - Rishworth    
    Todmorden - Burnley    
    Wakefield - Goole    
Towns & Joint Lines
Bradford G N R     L & Y     Midland
Dewsbury G N R     L & Y     Midland   L N W
Halifax G N R     L & Y
Holmfield - Halifax St Pauls G N R     L & Y
Leeds G N R     L & Y     Midland     N E R   L N W
Lofthouse jn - Lofthouse & Outwood G N R     L & Y     N E R
Otley - Ilkley Midland     N E R
Colliery Lines
Lofthouse North Junction - Stourton Junction East & West Yorkshire Union Railway

Routes Map - Railway Network West Yorkshire 1834 - 1910

 Key for above map
 Great Northern Lines  L & N.W.R Lines  L & Y Lines  Midland Lines
1   Clayton
2   Great Horton
3   Horton Park
4   Manchester Road
5   St Dunstans
6   Laisterdyke
7   Eccleshill
8   Stanningley
9   Pudsey Greenside
10 Pudsey Lowtown
11 Bramley
12 Armley & Wortley
13 Birkenshaw & Tong
14 Drighlington & Adwalton
15 Gildersome
16 Howden Clough
17 Upper Batley
18 Morley Top
19 Woodkirk
20 Tingley
21 Beeston
22 Dewsbury Central
23 Earlsheaton
24 Chickenley
25 Osset
26 Flushdyke
27 Alverthorpe
28 Sandal
1   Battyeford
2   Northorpe
3   Heckmondwike Spen
4   Liversedge Spen
5   Cleckheaton Spen
6   Gomersal
7   Birstall Town
8   Gildersome
9   Farnley & Wortley
10 Ravensthorpe&Thornhill
11 Dewsbury Wellington Rd
12 Batley Carr
13 Carlinghow
14 Birstall Goods
1   Northorpe
2   Ravensthorpe
3   Dewsbury Market Place
4   Heckmondwike
5   Liversedge
6   Cleckheaton
7   Copley
8   West Vale
9   Elland
10 Brighouse
11 Hipperholme
12 Lightcliffe
13 Wyke & Norwood Green
14 Crofton
1 Kirkstall Forge
2 Kirkstall
3 Armley Canal Road
4 Apperley Bridge & Rawdon


West Yorkshire Present


Unusual maps
West Yorkshire Routes Map : John Roberts
We came across the map pictured below in my parents house. It is printed on Linen and is approx 5ft x 4ft. It has several re-enforced holes in the map corresponding to the marshalling yards and some stations but by no means all.
We are curious as to what it is / where it is from and suspect that you may be well placed to know.
My now dead father was a rail lover and grew up in this area and probably collected it on his travels.
Metroland 1905 : Richard Strand
What the Metro map might look like if created 100 years ago.

General Maps
Leeds Bradford Wakefield map (1913) : Malcolm Mallison
Really need the full 6MB for the resolution. Hold on to your hat.
Bradford (1861) : Malcolm Mallison
Bradford 1861 6" OS Map (1.64 MB file size, be patient on the download)
25000 List PDF download : Malcolm Mallison
Cracking find.
The National Library of Scotland (also deals with Sassenachs) has the complete 1:25000 First Series OS maps (nicely pre-Beeching)
viewable on line here   http://maps.nls.uk/os/25k-gb-1937-61/view/   Just type the number of the map into Search.
Esholt map (1909) : Malcolm Mallison
From 1909 6 inch survey- Esholt
Halifax, Queensbury, Low Moor & Wyke map (1843) : John Sutcliffe
One inch to the mile map showing Sowerby Bridge in the west and Dewsbury in the east. Published by Col. Colby dated 1843.
(This file size is about 1.4 meg, so it may take a while to download)
Wakefield Adwalton Junction OS Map (1947) : Ralph Rawlinson
Huddersfield Leeds OS Map : Ralph Rawlinson
Dewsbury OS Map (1947) : Ralph Rawlinson
Dewsbury Midland Railway System : Ralph Rawlinson
Trains Illustrated 1957 : Simon Edgerton
The History of Railways between Leeds & Bradford
From Rail tour of the West Ridin
g 1 to 4 See Leeds Bradford

Layout Plans
Layout Plans : Keith Looker
Dewsbury, Middlestown, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, Ferry Bridge, Castleford.
Layout Plans : Keith Looker
Dewsbury, Batley, Birstal, Carlinghow, Greetland & North Dean, Horbury & Ossett.
Layout Plans : Keith Looker

Routes Map - Railway Network  Huddersfield  Dewsbury  Batley  1840-1910
1840 Calder Valley Main Line
(Manchester to Normanton)
L & Y*
1847 Huddersfield to Heaton Lodge L.N.W*
1847 Cleckheaton Branch
Mirfield to Low Moor
L & Y
1848 Thornhill Junction to Leeds L.N.W
1849 Huddersfield to Stalybridge L.N.W
1850 Huddersfield to Sheffield Junction (penistone line) L & Y
1850 Holmfirth Branch L & Y
1852 Bradley Curve L.N.W
1852 Birstall Branch L.N.W
1860 Wrenthorpe (Wakefield) to Batley G N R
1860 Adwalton Junction to Batley G N R
1867 Dewsbury to Market Place Branch L & Y
1867 Kirkburton Branch L.N.W
1869 Thornhill to Heckmondwike Central (Ravensthorpe branch) L & Y
1869 Meltham Branch L & Y
1874 Osset to Dewsbury Central G N R
1879 Clayton West Branch L & Y
1880 Dewsbury to Batley G N R
1881 Pickle Bridge Junction (Wyke)
to Anchor pit Junction
L & Y
1897 Headfield Junction
to Dewsbury Junction
1900 Heaton Lodge to Farnley Junction
(Leeds New Line)
1909 Royston to Thornhill Junction
(Savile Town)
1910 Mirfield to Newtown Goods Yard (Huddersfield) Midland

London North Western   ▬▬▬
Lancashire & Yorkshire   ▬▬▬
 Midland               ▬▬▬
 Great Northern              ▬▬▬

The Manchester & Leeds Railway  (The Calder Valley Line) Became The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1847.
1847 Huddersfield to Heaton Lodge (Battyeford) opened by the Huddersfield & Manchester Railway & Canal Company, later Became part of the London & North Western Railway.

  Lancashire & Yorkshire Merged With London & North West
1923 London Midland & Scottish Railway - London & North Eastern Railway - Great Western Railway - Southern Railway
1948 The four companies nationalised to form British Rail
Dewsbury & Batley c1900

Key for above map
London North Western     ▬▬▬
Lancashire & Yorkshire     ▬▬▬
Midland                  ▬▬▬
Great Northern                 ▬▬▬
Yorkshire & Humberside Railway Companies & Grouping
Original Yorkshire & Humberside Companies Pre Grouping Companies Grouping 1923 BTC 1948
York & Newcastle York, Newcastle & Berwick North Eastern Railway (NER) London &
North Eastern (LNER)
British Railways 1948
Leeds & Thirsk Leeds Northern
Leeds & Selby York & North Midland
Whitby & Pickering
Hull & Selby
East & West Yorkshire Junction
Middlesborough & Guiseborough Stockton & Darlington
Middlesborough & Redcar
Hull and Barnsley
Malton & Driffield
Leeds Bradford & Halifax Junction Great Northern Railway (GNR)
Bradford Wakefield & Leeds
West Yorkshire
Great Grimsby & Sheffield Junction Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Great Central Railway (GCR)
Sheffield Ashton & Manchester
Sheffield & Lincs Junction
South Yorkshire
Lancashire Derbyshire & East Coast
  Great Eastern Railway (GER)
Sheffield District Railway (SDR)
North British Railway (NBR)
Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR)
Manchester & Leeds Lancashire & Yorkshire London & North Western Railway (LNWR) London Midland & Scottish (LMS)
Leeds Dewsbury & Manchester Railway
Huddersfield & Manchester
Dearne Valley Railway
Heaton Lodge & Wortley Railway
Sheffield &Rotherham Railway Midland Railway (MR)
Leeds & Bradford Railway
North Midland Railway
North Western Railway