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Ossett to Batley (Dewsbury Loop)
1874 - 1965

Great Northern Railway
Contributors:  © Reproduction prohibited / Ralph Rawlinson / Humphrey Burton / Graeme Bickerdike / Paul Holroyd
                          Tony Geering  / Andrew Stopford / Paul B / Phill Davison / Carbootnut / Keith Looker / David Webdale
The Route
From Runtlings Lane Junction Ossett, to Batley GNR station, via Earlseaton, Dewsbury Central & Batley Carr.

Length
3˝ miles.

Original Company
Great Northern Railway.

Openings 
Runtlings Lane - Dewsbury Junction, Goods 1.5.1874, Passengers 9.9.1874.
Dewsbury Junction - Batley 12.4.1880

Closures
Passengers 7.9.1964.
Goods 15.2.1965.
Railway Ramblers gazetteer
See also the Railway Ramblers gazetteer - Kirklees : GNR Ossett (Runtlings lane jn ) - Batley
Dewsbury & Batley Map c1900 : Ralph Rawlinson
Wakefield Adwalton Junction OS Map (1947) : Ralph Rawlinson
Timetable Wakefield Bradford & Batley (1930) : Ralph Rawlinson
Earlsheaton-1 (07-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
Looking towards Runtlings Junction on the Dewsbury - Ossett line. South of Pildacre Lane, about 500yds from Runtlings Junction.
There has been a lot of landscape alteration but this is clearly the line of the branch. Was there a bridge beneath where I am standing?
Earlsheaton-2 (07-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
More or less the same spot looking north - the caravan is on the trackbed.
Earlsheaton-3 (07-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
Further north west, looking towards Earlsheaton.
Earlsheaton-4 (07-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
Further north west again.
Earlsheaton-6 (07-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
And again - infrastructure survivor!
Earlsheaton-8 (07-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
Looking back south west from the track bed - it curves to the right and along the line of the trees in the centre of the shot and climbs gently to where the white dots are - that's the caravan etc in Eheaton 2!
Earlsheaton-10 (07-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
Similar shot to 8 above, but you can see the line of the Chickenley Heath Branch beneath the church spire on the horizon - it's the straight horizontal line where the fields change colour. Earlsheaton branch again in the foreground.

Earlsheaton Station

Opened 01-1875. Closed 06-06-1953.
Earlsheaton station
map (1890) : Malcolm Mallison
Earlsheaton Station (07-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
Looking down on the site of Earlsheaton Station - the amount of landfill is apparent! Earlsheaton Tunnel is at the end of a short cutting in the trees at the far side of the open space.
Earlsheaton station (27-05-13) : David Webdale
The site of the Earlseaton station, facing back towards the tunnel & Dewsbury.
All cycle path now, well used.
Earlsheaton Station & Tunnel entrance (02-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
Earlsheaton Station lineside infrastructure survivor! (extreme right behind wire fence) Eastern facing tunnel mouth just visible behind metal pole fencing.
Earlsheaton Station (02-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
Facing the other way - view of the station site on emerging from the short cutting after exiting the tunnel. Some landfill has taken place - track went through the gap between the trees on the right and the houses to the left.
Earlsheaton Station (02-04-07) : Andrew Stopford
Closer look at previous view - the houses on the left are in Station Road, (the road runs between the houses and is now a dead end into someone's yard) so the station buildings must have been about there. The extent of the landfill is apparent. Old maps show that where I am standing there was a sizeable yard with buildings.
Dewsbury hybrid map : David Webdale
Dewsbury map - rails 1910, roads 2013.  See also Dewsbury section

Earlsheaton tunnel
Earlsheaton tunnel (13-06-06) : Graeme Bickerdike      website - http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/
Shows the eastern portal of Earlsheaton tunnel. It is indeed sealed (but not impenetrable) and,
contrary to the ‘route today’ section, there’s no earth infill. However the approach is muddy and lots of household clutter (lawnmowers, fridges etc) have been thrown into the cutting.
Earlsheaton tunnel (13-06-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
The view from just inside the eastern end.
The interior is in good condition – mostly dry throughout and the lining (stone sides, brick roof) has survived well.
Earlsheaton tunnel (27-05-13) : David Webdale
The eastern portal. Cycle path now, all tidied up & well used when I was there.
Earlsheaton tunnel (27-05-13) : David Webdale
The eastern portal, wider view.
Earlsheaton tunnel (13-06-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
The western portal.
Earlsheaton tunnel (27-05-13) : David Webdale
The western portal. All cycle path now, quite well used.
Earlsheaton tunnel (13-06-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
looks over the barricade at the western portal. Although the tunnel is short, you can’t quite see the other end because of the curvature.
You might just be able to detect a distant glow.
Earlsheaton tunnel (27-05-13) : David Webdale
Viewed from the western portal. Nice dry cycle path & LED street lighting.

Leeds r
oad (Dewsbury) tunnel (213 yards) GNR
Leeds road tunnel (20-01-10) : Carbootnut    See Carbootnut photo's on Flickr
Great Northern (LNER) tunnel portal at the junction of Leeds road with Dewsbury ring road. This portal was hemmed in similar to Old Lane tunnel at Halifax. Hard to imagine now, but a separate (metal?) bridge was here right were the pavement is, to carry Leeds road over the railway. When this footpath was being made after the bridge had been removed, the top of the tunnel mouth is just inches below and you could actually look inside, it was all landfilled, so you couldn't actually fall in, as such, but there was some gaps between the infill and the roof of the tunnel. Only one buttress remains,- the short length of wall by the pipe, the other buttress was removed recently.
Note : Hugh Mcsherry
About 23 years ago, I drove a bull douser and back filled a tunnel on Leeds road Dewsbury. This is the photo of where the tunnel was.
Leeds road tunnel (20-01-10) : Carbootnut
A buttress has been removed recently, it stood at the point where the wall has been repaired. This view is looking down Leeds road towards the junction with Dewsbury ring road. The tunnel finished here and a seperate bridge took Leeds road over the railway, so this pavement, at one time, was on the bridge. The tunnel is filled in and sealed up. The wall is starting to lean and may well collapse onto the road at some point, which may reveal the top of the tunnel mouth once again.
Leeds road tunnel (20-01-10) : Carbootnut
Just a general view of where the tunnel was, a seperate bridge took Leeds road over the railway at this location.
According to 'Lost relics of an enterprising age', this is Leeds Road tunnel, 213 yards.
Leeds road tunnel (23-03-12) : Graeme Bickerdike
I was out walking this afternoon and stumbled across the eastern portal of Leeds Road/Dewsbury Tunnel, which everyone seemed to have assumed was completely buried. Landfill has claimed half of it, but the top and western part remains. I need to go back to get some better pictures but attached is one I took on my camera phone.
Leeds road tunnel (1890 /2013) : Graeme Bickerdike
The attached aerial shows today’s Dewsbury with the 1890 Town Plan overlayed. This suggests that any parapet/retaining wall associated with the tunnel probably disappeared with the realignment of the local roads. The north-west portal was beneath what is now the ring road. The plan does however indicate that the tunnel had two ventilation shafts, which I didn’t previously know. Although partly buried, the south-east portal can still be found in the undergrowth. It’s pretty clear though that the central and northern sections of the tunnel were opened out and removed when the ring road was constructed.

Dewsbury Central station
Opened 1874. Closed 07-09-1964.
GNR Dewsbury Central Station (12-03-07) : David Webdale
The entrances to the station from road level. Taken from Whitehall Way.
GNR Dewsbury Central Station (1978) : Tony Geering
Dewsbury Central station - the steps which led up to the platform.
GNR Dewsbury Central Station (1978) : Tony Geering
Taken on the platform in 1978 looking north.
Plaque (12-03-07) : David Webdale
Spotted this blue plaque on the side of the building, good idea we thought.
Station Hotel (12-03-07) : David Webdale
Looking across Corporation Street, tasty hotel building. Dewsbury ring road flies over where the tracks once were, original bridge stonework survives beneath. Viaduct carrying existing Dewsbury Wellington Street to Batley line visible in the background on extreme left.
GNR Crackenedge Lane bridge (1978) : Tony Geering
The bridge which carried the station over Crackenedge Lane. The photo is taken from Crackenedge Lane and shows the junction with Battye Street. This was an unusual shaped bridge with a single central pillar on this side of the bridge rising from the pavement corner. The bridge was re-built to carry the ring road.

Batley Carr Station
Opened 12-04-1880. Closed 1950.
Batley Carr station : c/o Keith Looker
Newspaper scan from 1950.
Batley Carr station : c/o Keith Looker
This is the site aerial view of Batley Carr L & Y station the current line can be seen to the right, access was via Bradford road and Wood Lane which is the small dogged leg lane. The trucks to the left were likely supplying coal to Batley gas works down what was called the coal rally.
The other Batley Carr station was at Jack Lane and was titled Batley Carr and Staincliffe
Batley Carr station & Crackenedge tunnel : Humphrey Burton
Station site & north portal of Batley Carr (Crackenedge) tunnel.
Batley Carr station & Crackenedge tunnel : Phill Davison  See Full set on Flickr / Phill Davison
Station site & north portal of Batley Carr (Crackenedge) tunnel. Batley Carr tunnel is 179 yds long with one air shaft. The South portal has been landfilled, with no trace of it to be seen these days. The line was buit by the G.N.R and opened in 1880, The line closed to traffic in 1965.

Crackenedge tunnel

Crackenedge tunnel interior : Phill Davison
Compacted landfill to a height of 7-8' runs the remaining tunnel length towards the retaining wall.
This must have been added to strengthen the tunnel. The L.N.W Leeds-Manchester line runs directly above this tunnel.
Crackenedge tunnel interior : Phill Davison
The view of the Gabion cage retaining wall 112 yds into the tunnel. The Gabion cage is a galvanised steel wire cage filled with large stones to retain the landfill on the other side. I've never seen this type of retaining wall within a tunnel before. The blue glow of daylight radiates down Star Trek style from the open air shaft above. See next photo.

Batley Carr tunnel vent : Phill Davison
The view looking down Upper Peel street.
Batley Carr tunnel vent : Phill Davison

Batley Carr : Humphrey Burton
Cobbled approach road.
Batley Carr GNR station (26-03-07) : Andrew Stopford
The track is at a lower level to the GNR line and I'm not actually sure it's standard gauge
Batley Carr GNR station (26-03-07) : Andrew Stopford
Remnants of track at the bottom of the entrance drive to Batley Carr GNR station.
Batley Carr GNR station (22-05-11) : Tony Geering
Found signs of the old "tramway" which ran from Batley Carr Station (see above photo's) It ran parallel to GNR, then turned right passing under the Batley LNWR viaduct and GNR bridge, crossed Mill Lane and went East up the valley towards Shaw Cross. An old map shows the line serving the old Gas Works near the viaduct, and a colliery up the valley. I took the photo on the mills access road, which runs parallel to and south of Grange Road Batley, behind the mills.I have attached a photo looking east. It looks like the rails have been lifted and filled in with concrete.
GN line retaining wall (13-02-07) : Andrew Stopford
Retaining wall of GN line from Ossett - round the back of Dewsbury Sainsbury's
GN line retaining wall, Jack lane (13-02-07) : Andrew Stopford
Retaining wall of GN line which went on a 'shelf' under and parallel to the LNWR line
(which is the one that's there now) between Dewsbury & Batley - from Jack Lane looking towards Dewsbury.
Batley Carr GNR station (26-03-07) : Andrew Stopford
looking up at the retaining wall carrying the continuation of the public footpath which has just crossed the GNR and then goes up to cross the LNWR at its higher level
Batley Carr GNR station (26-03-07) : Andrew Stopford
Pedestrian entrance to the station drive from the footpath which is about to cross the line on a bridge.
Batley Carr GNR station (26-03-07) : Andrew Stopford
Viewed from the Frontier Night Club car park: the line of the GNR almost at the point it dived under the LNWR is marked by the red brick wall behind the trees
Batley Carr GNR LNWR (26-03-07) : Andrew Stopford
Can you see the join? Where the path up from the bridge over the GNR joins the bridge over the LNWR line.

GNR Batley Viaduct
GNR Batley Viaduct aerial. : Ralph Rawlinson
Birds eye view looking north over Rouse Mill Lane to the present Batley station.
GNR Batley Viaduct : Ralph Rawlinson
The viaduct ran to the right and parallel to but slightly lower than the still existing LNW viaduct.
GNR Batley Viaduct : Ralph Rawlinson
Demolition in progress.
GNR Batley Viaduct : Ralph Rawlinson
Demolition in progress.

Batley GNR
Opened 01-08-1890. Closed 07-09-1964.
Batley GNR c1900 : Paul   See Adwalton to Wakefield line
This is a picture of a platform at Batley station that no longer exists. I believe it was the island platfrom that trains from Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, Batley Carr came to. If you go to Batley station and go down the steps to go over to platform 2 before you go up the steps you can see where it has been bricked up, where u could carry on going to then reach this platform.
Batley (nd) : Paul Holroyd
Batley.
Batley (nd) : Paul Holroyd
Batley.

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