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Horbury West Curve (Crigglestone Curve)
1902 - 1991
Lancashire & Yorkshire railway
Contributors:  © Reproduction prohibited / Graeme Bickerdike / Michael Kaye / Andrew Stopford / Phill Davison / Paul Corrie / Lost Railways
The Route
From Crigglestone Junction on the Barnsley toWakefield line.
To Horbury & Ossett station on the Calder Valley Mainline.

Length
1 mile 1187yds.

Original Company
Lancashire & Yorkshire railway.

Openings 
Passengers - 1st July 1902.
Freight - 2nd March 1902.

Closures
Passengers - September 1961.
Freight - February 1991 & the line was disconnected at both ends.
Railway Ramblers gazetteer
See also the Railway Ramblers gazetteer - Wakefield - Crigglestone junction - Horbury station
Crigglestone Google Earth (30-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike  website -  http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/
This is a Google Earth snapshot showing the local railway equivalent of Spaghetti Junction. The Royston-Saville Town line ran east-west across the viaduct and then under it, from left to right, was Crigglestone curve (Horbury Station Junction-Crigglestone Junction), the canal sidings from Pepper’s Yard, the colliery branch serving pits at Bullcliffe Wood, Denby Grange and Caphouse, and the existing Wakefield-Barnsley route.
Crigglestone junction (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
A 158 rattles south past the former Crigglestone junction on the Wakefield-Barnsley line
Much of the rusting single line is in situ though its two signalboxes (Crigglestone junction and Horbury & Ossett station) have both been demolished.
During its latter years, the secluded chord often played host to the Royal Train.
Crigglestone junction (09-85) : Michael Kaye
We are just coming off the single line from Horbury Junction and are heading towards Crigglestone Junction, September 1985.
Crigglestone junction (09-85) : Michael Kaye
We have just come up the single line from Horbury and are going 'facing road' ready to cross over at Crigglestone Junction,
we are heading towards Barnsley and just beyond the bridge was Crigglestone Station.
Crigglestone (c1980) : C/O Michael Kaye with permission from Paul Corrie
56102 at Crigglestone.
A636 Wakefield-Denby Dale road (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The single line occupies the east side of the formation as it crosses the A636 Wakefield-Denby Dale road.
Ballast still holds the sleepers of the old Down line.
Cabinets (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
Two wrecked location cabinets relax in the undergrowth. Nearby are posts for the Down distant and Up section signals.
Blacker Lane bridge (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The bridge over Blacker Lane is a serious affair. A 6-foot section of track from the old Caphouse colliery branch can just be seen within the roadway beneath it.
Blacker Lane bridge (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
These ‘minor’ bridges don’t attract the same attention as great viaducts such as Crigglestone, seen in the background.
But it’s easy to forget the immense effort which must have gone into building them.
Horbury tunnel (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The track has been removed for a short distance either side of the 40-yard Horbury tunnel. This took the route through the vast approach embankment to Crigglestone viaduct, part of the Midland’s Royston-Dewsbury line.
Horbury tunnel (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
Although they’ve been lifted, many concrete sleepers remain on site. There’s quite a collection at the southern end of the tunnel.
Horbury tunnel (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The tunnel is not at right-angles to the embankment so skew portals had to be fashioned. This must have caused serious headaches for the bricklayers.
Footpath bridge (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
A footpath passes over the line on a three-span bridge. I’m in two minds as to whether it might once have carried a wagonway down to the canal. The left-hand support pillar has restraining straps made from bullhead rail.
Cabin (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
Beyond the bridge, the door to an old p-way cabin has been bricked up to prevent access. There seems to be a flaw in this plan.
Calder & Hebble bridge (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The skew bridge across the Calder and Hebble Navigation is a grand structure, including four arched cross-girders which, I guess, help to secure the two sides.
Calder & Hebble bridge (09-03-08) : Andrew Stopford
Bridge over the Calder & Hebble Navigation, near Horbury Bridge.
Calder & Hebble bridge (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
Although the line is still owned by BRB and not a public footpath, this section is explored by many walkers.
New handrails have been installed by those bubble-wrapped health and safety chaps.
Cable supports (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
From the canal to the old junction at Horbury & Ossett station, the line sits on top of an embankment.
Rows of supports for the signalling cables can still be found on the Up side.
River Calder bridge (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The bridge over the River Calder is a different construction to the canal crossing. As I’m no engineer, I can only guess at the reason. Perhaps this was the favoured design (it certainly seems simpler) but was impractical over the canal because of the need to pass boats underneath it. Answers on a postcard…
River Calder bridge (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
Although the structure looks in decent nick, some of the girders are corroding away to nothing.
The abutments are about 150 feet apart, slightly longer than the canal span.
Milepost (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
A shabby wooden milepost informs us that we’re 880 yards from the junction.
Down section signal (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The post for the Down section signal - number 247 - looks rather forlorn without its head. In an effort to deter hikers,
lineside trees have been felled to form barricades across the track, every 50 yards or so. They’re prickly and very effective.
Gateway (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
Another substantial lump of engineering forms the gateway to a factory at Horbury Bridge. Note how the roadway has been dropped to create extra headroom.
Buffer stops (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
The northern end of the line is marked by buffer stops which, given the breaks and obstructions further back, are completely redundant.
Horbury & Ossett station
Opened 05-10-1840. Closed 05-01-1970.
Horbury Station Junction (07-03-07) : Graeme Bickerdike    See also Calder Valley
Horbury Station Junction was the line’s connection with the existing Wakefield-Huddersfield route. If my memory serves, the cutting on the left of shot was originally built as a tunnel before the L&Y four-tracked the section and opened it out. Horbury West Curve joined on the formation to the right.
Horbury & Ossett station (08-02-07) : Graeme Bickerdike
Viewed from the former site of Horbury & Ossett station, the west curve diverged just beyond the junction of the right-hand two lines.
Horbury & Ossett : Phill Davison 
It's hard to believe now, but this was the railway station subway for the now closed Horbury and Osset station. The station closed in 1970 leaving Osset the largest town in Yorkshire without a railway station.
Click here to see the full photo set on flickr

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