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Halifax
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)
Halifax Lightcliffe handbill (1958) : Charles Boylan
A very tatty handbill I found when emptying my parents house which I scanned before it completely disintegrates.

Midland Railway tunnel
Midland Railway tunnel at Skircoat, Halifax (09-08-13) : Carbootnut       see more on Flikr photostream

There's a tunnel at Halifax that was built by the Midland Railway. I have posted a couple of them on my "Flickr" photostream.
The tunnel is single track and was never completed, with only one portal being constructed.
I don't know how long it is, but it was used as an air raid shelter.
Midland Railway tunnel at Skircoat, Halifax (09-08-13) : Carbootnut
In 1898 a proposal had been put forward to build a goods depot on the Shay Estate. In 1902 the Midland Rail Company agreed to buy the estate having sought powers to construct a loop line at Low Moor railway & to run a part of the L& Y line to Halifax. Shortly after this the money ran out & all plans were abandoned. Work was started on this tunnel to run under Skircoat Road, on the Well Head side of the road.

Halifax Old Station

Opened 1855.
Halifax Station (11-81, 08-82) : Dave Heatley

B&W photo taken in Nov ’81 – GN platform being demolished and track recently lifted into freight sidings.
Second photo taken in Aug 1982 showing the bus museum parked out in the open before moving to Low Moor.
Halifax Town Crier Newspaper article
www.halifaxuk.co.uk
Halifax Station (1981) : Dave Heatley
Class25 25125 dragging a failed DMU to Bradford – Hammond St Depot perhaps.
Halifax Station (16-12-07) : Andrew Stopford
Shot of Halifax Station & disused platforms.

 
Coal drops facing south (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Next to the existing Halifax Old station these massive coal drops. The stub of the viaduct to North bridge to the left of coal drops.
The still in use viaduct leading off to Beacon Hill on the far left.

Note : Brandon Hatzer
The coal drops in Halifax are listed Grade II  http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/environment/conservation/listedbuildings/

The description reads - Coal drops. 1874. Built for the Ovenden and Halifax Junction Railway Co. Rock-faced ashlar with wooden bunkers. 15 wooden bunkers each supported between stone piers and to the north an open shed, with beyond a battered wall topped with a parapet. These coal drops are built into the slopping hillside. Each wooden bunker has 2 metal doors which were raised on an iron ratchet geared pulley system. This is a rare and large scale example of railway coaldrops.

I understand if you've already seen this or already know this but hearing it from my Council pretty much asserts they are listed, and so they should be! Better than being knocked down or being converted into flats like every other memory!
Coal drops building facing west 22-04-06 : Lost Railways
Little building survives in the corner of the car park above the coal drops.
 

Shaw Syke station
Opened 1844. Closed ?

Shaw Syke goods (16-12-07) : Andrew Stopford
Built on the south side of Halifax station on the L&Y Sowerby Bridge, Halifax & Bradford line.
Opened by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1844.
Shaw Syke goods (16-12-07) : Andrew Stopford
The old Shaw Syke goods/parcels station which looks like its about to fall down or be pushed!
Shaw Syke goods (04-03-10) : David Taylor
Following site clearance the GNR warehouse is visible in the distance. See next photo.
 
GNR warehouse (04-03-10) : David Taylor
GNR warehouse west elevation.
 
Shaw Syke goods (04-03-10) : David Taylor
Yesterday I noticed that work seemed to have started on clearing the site of the Shaw Syke Goods Yard for the proposed car park which was announced last year.
Shaw Syke goods (04-03-10) : David Taylor
I went down today with my camera and they are well on with clearing the site of the sidings and yard, sets piled up, but the good news is the contractor told me the building has very recently been Listed and so they cannot now demolish as originally intended.
Shaw Syke goods (27-03-11) : David Taylor
Sorry to say that part of the roof has now collapsed. It was listed last year shortly before proposed demolition but nonetheless I doubt there will be the money to repair it. It's now owned by the Eureka, the National Children's Museum.
Shaw Syke goods (18-05-11) : Michael Bradley
Article from the Halifax Courier Wednesday 18th May 2011 regarding the current state of the former working horse museum.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
South Parade Goods yard Halifax, formerly the “Working at Horses Museum”. The site was quite extensive survival of railway infrastructure up to the past couple of years when the two road open good shed was pulled down for safety reasons. The good shed itself was of Lancashire and Yorkshire origin and was connected up to the sole remaining siding which runs alongside in the yard to the Husnlet 0-4-0 and MK 2 coach which rests as a picnic and lunch are for visitors to Eureka.

Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
The Lancashire and Yorkshire good shed formerly the "Horses at Work Museum" in Halifax.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
View of the building from the water lane side pointing north towards the railway station.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
A view of the entrance to the good shed with the intact railway infrastructure before the contractors arrived on site.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
View of the entrance with the track work removed.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
View of the entrance with the track work removed up to approximately 1.5m from the building.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
A close up shot.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
The sole remaining siding (now filled in) i believe
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
The three way point that connected once all three sidings together, one of the last few photographs of this in place.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
The tracked where the point which joined the shed road to the sidings has now been cut short.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
Track removal in progress with the gate posts which formed a gate which ran alongside the open good shed can still be seen.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
The view from the 4 foot standing where the good shed road once was.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
Another photo of the point underneath mud and dirt.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
View of the yard
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
Another view of the yard looking in the direction of water lane and the site of Shaw Syke station.
Shaw Syke goods (09-03-10) : Michael Bradley
The rest of the point is hidden in the undergrowth which links to the siding which the Hunslet 0-4-0 and Mark 2 coach stand one.
Shaw Syke goods (06-04-11) : Michael Bradley
General views of the goods shed.
Shaw Syke goods (06-04-11) : Michael Bradley
Close ups of the collapsed roof.
Shaw Syke goods (06-04-11) : Michael Bradley
A  rare view of the interior.
Shaw Syke goods (06-04-11) : Michael Bradley
Maps from the late 19th century. See old maps here -  www.old-maps.co.uk/maps.html

Halifax to Queensbury 1880 - 1955 Great Northern Railway
Hybrid Map - Roads 2010 Rails 1910

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Lee Bank Tunnel GNR  Lee Bank Tunnel to North Bridge is part of the Halifax to Queensbury Line
Lee Bank Tunnel north portal April 06 : Matt C
North portal of the 267 yards Lee Bank tunnel
Lee Bank Tunnel north portal (21/04/07) : Andrew Booth
It appears some work has been carried out recently and the portal doors have been bricked up there are also remnants of a old ground frame hut or platelayers hut although the photos I took (Mobile phone) lack detail.
Lee Bank Tunnel south portal April 06 : Matt C
The portal was in- filled when the A629 Ovenden road was widened into a dual carriageway.

Woodside Viaduct Dean Clough GNR

Woodside Viaduct (17-01-10) : Lost Railways
Remnant of the south end of the six arch viaduct at Dean Clough originally Crossley's Mill.
Just beyond is the north portal of Old Lane tunnel, to the left of the chimney, see next photo.
The viaduct was demolished when the A629 Ovenden road was widened into a dual carriageway.

Old Lane Tunnel GNR
Old Lane tunnel north portal 18-04-06 : Matt C
North portal of the 403 yards Old Lane tunnel.
Old Lane tunnel south portal 18-04-06 : Matt C
Old lane tunnel is located near to the old North Bridge Station and at the southern portal, there has been some recent work carried out inside the tunnel, maybe structural defects, but this has not affected the northern portal which is still intact.
Old Lane tunnel south portal (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
Of course something you will recognise, I just thought I'd get a recent picture of it with it all overgrown,
which made it too difficult to walk on from the North Bridge car park which I originally planned to do a few weeks ago.
Old Lane tunnel south portal (03-05-10) : Brandon Hatzer

Dean Clough Tunnel
Old Lane tunnel south portal / Dean Clough tunnel (03-05-10) : Brandon Hatzer
A branch line leading down to Crossley's Carpets at Dean Clough Mills dived under the GNR Queensbury line just inside Old Lane tunnel. The bricked up top of this tunnel is visible on the left.
Dean Clough cutting
View showing Old Lane Tunnel to left and tunnel into Crossleys Carpets in cutting to right.
See Alf Mullins set on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/49903268@N02/4581650841/in/pool-leedsrailways/
See also Phill Davisons set on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/phill_dvsn/4652433473/
Dean Clough tunnel (03-05-10) : Brandon Hatzer
View of the archway from inside Old Lane tunnel.
North Bridge OS map (1905)
The branch line leading down to Dean Clough mills was steeply graded dropping downwards from just under the footbridge & then diving under the main line & Old lane. Crossley's Carpets had an internal rail system used for moving machinery & delivering coal to its boiler houses. The wagons were originally horse drawn but in later years a tractor was used.
Dean Clough tunnel (03-05-10) : Brandon Hatzer
View of the other end of the tunnel down in Dean Clough.
Dean Clough tunnel (03-05-10) : Brandon Hatzer
The view inside & bricking up at the other end visible in the darkness.

North Bridge GNR
Opened 25-03-1880. Closed 23-04-1955. Freight 1974.
North Bridge station facing east 30-04-06 : Lost Railways
Taken from the cast iron footbridge, view of station site & the north bridge. See Queensbury to Halifax section
North Bridge station facing west 30-04-06 : Lost Railways
Facing back towards the footbridge I was standing on in the previous photo.
This little cast iron bridge is the only survivor of the whole station.
Old lane tunnel visible in the background.
North Bridge station facing west 30-04-06 : Lost Railways
Wider view lets us see the steep stone cobbled snicket on the left, leading up to the footbridge.
North Bridge station stone cobbled snicket : Phill Davison
Cobbled slope leading to the footbridge.
North Bridge station entrance 30-04-06 : Lost Railways
The tasty North bridge itself.
Bricked up station entrance was just to the left of those fancy towers at the north end of the bridge.
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
Near the old Halifax North Bridge Station the old hand rails are still there! Which I thought was quote astounding.
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
This is the bottom of the hand rail and I may be wrong,
but I'm presuming the path started there going towards the old area of the station.
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
Helping my point that I believe it's a path to the old station,
you can see the cobbled path which is popular in Halifax and is overgrown but not removed.
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
Another picture of the pathway and the 'North Bridge Car Park' sign in the background for effect!
Along with the parking meter, you didn't get meters like that to park the train.
 
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
I then started to walk off the bottom of Boothtown Road (I probably got the road name wrong) to wards the Iron Bridge
above North Bridge Station showing the same type of hand rail that was shown earlier closer to the bridge.
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
The same steps looking up. At the very top you turn right to the road that goes towards Boothtown.
You can just see at the top KFC and then further up is LIDL *sigh*
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
The bottom of the steps I came down looking straight at the iron bridge with Dean Clough in the background.
At least this would have looked not too far off this back when active, though it's less smog now and more masses of graffito.
 
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
I daren't go on here, mainly didn't want to get my work smarts dirty! But it's obviously a badly built wall to stop people walking on the side where the path from earlier leads to. I'm not sure how it went down to the station but of course whatever was there to get you to the station has been long removed. The iron bridge starts directly to the right.
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
Many pictures when looking on Flikr and other places of this slope looking up but I thought I'd do one looking down. Was a benefit walking down here, made me realise I need new shoes as my grips on my work shoes nearly had me head over heels, not much looking after here so can be slippy especially on the sections without a hand rail. Don't know how people used this in the winters of old
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
The bottle there kind of spoils it, but I've seen many of the slope, but no pictures of the steps. Old school steps, steeper than any health and safety officer would allow them now. Not nice after dark walking up these!
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
This is the wall next to where the North Bridge Station would be. Noticed not too long ago the two 'hooks' on the wall,
I have no idea what they would be for, wondering if you could enlighten me?
North Bridge (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
The same picture as above just from a different angle.

GNR North Bridge Goods Station
Retaining wall (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
The car park gate is nice and poignant I guess. Sainsbury's petrol station visible in background.
Retaining wall (12-10-09) : Brandon Hatzer
Behind the gates is the Mulcture House Council building & car park. Wade Street sign visible on the right.

Halifax Viaduct GNR
Halifax Viaduct 1980s : Dave Heatley
Demolition of the viaduct linking Halifax Railway station with the GN North Bridge site. Photo taken around the mid 80’s
What a great opportunity lost to link the two areas now!
Viaduct facing west 30-04-06
The remnants of the viaduct leading to North bridge, demolished in the 70s I think.
The viaduct leading off into Beacon Hill tunnel along the left here.

Holmfield to St Pauls (Halifax high level railway) 1890 - 1960
Joint Great Northern & Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway

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Pellon lane overbridge (c1963) : Richard Barnes © copyright on all Richard Barnes Photographs.
Approach to Pellon station, facing towards Queens Road. The overbridge is Pellon Lane. (Photo's taken a week after track was lifted)
Trackbed (c1963) : Richard Barnes
Same location as previous but facing towards Wheatley. Note how steeply the trackbed falls away below the level of the headshunt where I was standing.
Pellon lane overbridge (gas pipe overbridge) (02-06) Matt C
Pellon lane overbridge (gas pipe overbridge) (22-04-06) : Lost Railways
Approach to Pellon station. Gas pipe bridge nearest camera complete with smoke deflectors.
Fenced off area under the bridge, used for storage by firm on the site of the Pellon station.
Pellon lane overbridge (gas pipe overbridge) facing north (22-04-06) : Lost Railways
Facing back the other way, view of the bridge from road level.

Pellon station
Opened 1889. Closed 01-01-1917. Freight 27-06-1960.
Pellon station entrance (22-04-06) : Lost Railways  
See Holmfield to St Pauls
Entrance to the station from road level, the booking office was situated where those garages are now. Stone sets still remain along the front of the garages.
Pellon station entrance (02-01-09) : Lost Railways
Three years on from the above photo. Garages removed to reveal bricked up entrance at road level.
Pellon station (22-04-06) : Lost Railways
Access from road level was via steps leading down from the back of those garages (now gone)
through that bricked up section of wall with the graffiti, to an island platform.
Pellon goods yard facing west (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Taken from a stairway leading up to some flats off Battinson road. Bricked up bridge visible in the corner, houses in background are on Dyson road.
Pellon goods yard facing north (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Stood on top of the bricked up bridge on the corner of Dyson & Battinson road.
Dyson road bridge facing east (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Corner of Dyson & Battinson road. Iron bridge & in the background the flats I mentioned.
Battinson road facing south (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
The other side of the road. The road running along the top is Ramsgate.
Hanson lane facing north (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Facing back towards the bridge under Battinson road. Looking over the old bridge parapet on the corner of Ramsgate & Hanson lane.
The cutting filled in & used as gardens along here.
Hanson lane facing west (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
View of the well kept bridge parapet I was looking over in previous photo.
Hanson lane facing south (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Taken from the other side of the road, cutting filled in & new houses built along the old formation.
Gibbet street facing west (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Facing up Gibbet street. Bridge walls clearly visible on both sides. The guy in the approaching red car, stopped when he saw my camera,
waited a couple of minutes, reversed & disappeared down a side street, maybe he's a bit shy.
Hopwood lane facing west (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Next street along towards St Pauls is another rusty Iron bridge.
Hopwood lane facing south (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Opposite side of the road, the site of St Pauls station yard just the other side of the bridge. Kingston Close built on the site now.
Yard  included a signal box & turntable. The formation of the line clearly visible on Google earth.

St Pauls
Opened 05-09-1890. Closed 01-01-1917. Freight  27-06-1960.
St Pauls station Parkinson lane facing west (30-04-06) : Lost Railways  
See Holmfield to St Pauls
Taken from the corner of Queens road & Parkinson lane. The site of St Pauls station, just over that wall.
Parkinson lane facing north (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Looking over the wall, the site of St Pauls station, Aspinal street in the background. Bits of retaining wall still in evidence.
Aspinal street facing north (30-04-06) : Lost Railways
Thought I'd better take a photo of these neglected but solid old houses.
Now on death row, soon to be replaced with concrete & tacky artificial stone no doubt.

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