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Leeds to Mirfield
1848 - Present
London & North Western Railway
Contributors:   Reproduction prohibited / Bernard Coomber / Paul / Ralph Rawlinson
                           Stephen Helm / Andrew Stopford / Philip Hardaker / Paul Holroyd / David Webdale
The Route
From Dewsbury junction, later to become Thornhill LNW junction east of Mirfield on the Calder Valley mainline to Leeds Central station terminus.
Via Ravensthorpe & Thornhill, Dewsbury Wellington Road,
Staincliffe & Batley Carr, Batley, Morley Low, Churwell, Farnley junction & Gelderd Road junction.

Length
10 1/2 miles

Original Company
Opened originally by the Leeds Dewsbury & Manchester Railway company.

Opening
Throughout - September 1848.
                                 
















9   Farnley & Wortley
10 Ravensthorpe&Thornhill
11 Dewsbury Wellington Rd
12 Batley Carr

Dewsbury & Batley Map

Dewsbury & Batley Map c1900 : Ralph Rawlinson

Mirfield

Mirfield (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Heading west towards Mirfield station.  See cab ride
Mirfield (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Mirfield station in sight.
Mirfield (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Mirfield station west bound platform in the wet.

Thornhill LNW (Dewsbury) Junction & Ravensthorpe

Ravensthorpe : Bernard Coomber    See also Ravensthorpe Branch   & Calder Valley Mainline
8F at Ravensthorpe heading west with fitted snow plough hurries past Ravensthorpe.
Ravensthorpe station is situated a short distance from Dewsbury junction on the L&NWR line to Dewsbury.
(formerly the  Leeds, Dewsbury & Manchester Railway).
Ravensthorpe : Bernard Coomber
A 9F passing Ravensthorpe with empty coal wagons for Healey Mills.
Ravensthorpe : Bernard Coomber
Classes B1 & Black 5 westbound at Ravensthorpe with Red Bank parcels.
Ravensthorpe (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Heading west towards Ravensthorpe station via Calder bridge in the rain.  See cab ride
Ravensthorpe (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Approach to Ravensthorpe station.
Ravensthorpe (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Approach to platform 2 Ravensthorpe station.
Ravensthorpe (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Travelling through Ravensthorpe station.
Ravensthorpe (nd) : Philip Hardaker
The end of Ravensthorpe station controlled by Healey Mills power box.
Ravensthorpe (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Joining the route at the end of Ravensthorpe station. The track from the left comes in from Wakefield Kirkgate via Healey Mills
Ravensthorpe (nd) : Philip Hardaker
As above.

Dewsbury Wellington Road
Dewsbury maps : Ralph Rawlinson  see Dewsbury
Dewsbury Aerial : Stephen Helm
My mate found the photo's dumped on the floor in a corner of an empty office he took over for his business and
passed them on to me.
I was born in Dewsbury in 1952 and can recall the Old Central station and Dewsbury Goods quite clearly. see Dewsbury
Dewsbury (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Heading west, approach to Dewsbury station. See cab ride
Dewsbury (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Dewsbury station.
Dewsbury (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Dewsbury station.
Dewsbury (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Dewsbury station.

Staincliffe & Batley Carr
Opened 1848. closed 1952.

Staincliffe & Batley Carr station (02-07-06) : Andrew Stopford

Station Buildings at Staincliffe & Batley Carr on Jack lane.

Batley
Opened 01-08-1890 . GNR section closed 07-09-1964.
Batley GNR c1900 : Paul     See also Adwalton Wakefield line   & Batley to Beeston line
This is a picture of a platform at Batley station that no longer exists. I believe it was the island platform 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 (c1931) : Malcolm Mallison
From the 1931 survey- Batley, Dewsbury, Woodkirk
Batley (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Heading West towards Batley.  See cab ride

Batley Signal Box (Lady Ann Crossing)
Batley (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Batley signal box.
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
Formerly known as Lady Ann Crossing signal box, is due to close in May 2023.
The level crossing has already been closed to vehicles & a new pedestrian footbridge has been moved into position. (Morley to right).
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
New footbridge to replace Lady Ann crossing. The stations at Morley and Ravensthorpe & Thornhill are being relocated and a flyover is to be built to replace Thornhill LNWW Junction. The ex-LNWR main line is due to be electrified at 25kV AC. Details and track diagrams are in MODERN RAILWAYS, June 2021 and February 2023 issues.
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
Signal Box.
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
Signal Box. 
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
Bridge abutment from the GNR Batley - Drighlington & Adwalton line. See Adwalton Wakefield.
One of the bridge abutments which supported the lattice steel bridge for the GNR's Batley to Drighlington & Adwalton route has been considerably reduced in size.
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
Remains of GNR bridge abutment. 
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
A First Transpennine Express, class 185 Siemens Desiro.
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
Lady Ann crossing looking towards Primrose Hill.
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
Lady Ann crossing from the Primrose Hill side.
Batley signal box (15-05-23) : Paul Holroyd
Lady Ann crossing from the Primrose Hill side. A First Transpennine Express, class 185 Siemens Desiro.
Lady Anne Crossing, Batley (02-07-06) : Andrew Stopford
Eastern abutment at Lady Anne crossing. Here the GNR crossed the LNWR Huddersfield to Leeds line on a girder bridge.
See Adwalton Wakefield
Lady Anne Crossing, Batley (25-12-05) : Andrew Stopford
Western abutment & Batley signal box  (used to be called Lady Anne Crossing). During rationalization of the Batley area in 1966, this small Lady Anne gate box, was upgraded to a full signal box, replacing three others controlling Batley. This is one of the only four surviving boxes controlling Kirklees railways. See Adwalton Wakefield
Lady Anne Crossing, Batley (26-12-08) : Peter Burnell
The Adwalton - Wakefield line crossed here over the existing Huddersfield - Leeds Line. See Adwalton Wakefield

Batley (nd) : Philip Hardaker

Passing Batley automatic signal B3 on the approach to Batley station.
Batley (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Batley Station.
Batley (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Traveling through Batley station.
Morley Tunnel (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Exit from Morley tunnel.

Morley Low
Morley Low station map (1890) : Malcolm Mallison
6 inch maps from the 1890 survey. Situated on the existing LD&M Mirfield to Leeds via Morley line.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Closure of Cottingley station and relocation of Morley station.
Cottingley station, which opened on 25 April 1988, is due to close in December 2023. It will be replaced by a new station 750 metres away, near to the White Rose shopping centre As part of the Trans Pennine route upgrade, to allow for track realignment and higher speeds, the existing Morley station is to be closed, and replaced by a new station. The new station is planned to open in 2023.
Batley & Morley (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Services.
Morley Low (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Morley tunnel entrance with signal B1.
Morley Low (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Proceeding through Morley station with the view of signal B1.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Morley tunnel, looking towards Batley.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Morley station, looking towards Morley tunnel and Batley.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Morley station, with a Siemens Class 185 Desiro diesel multiple unit about to enter the 1-mile 1,609 yards long Morley tunnel on its way to Batley, Dewsbury and Huddersfield.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
The Leeds-bound platform at Morley.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
The diesel locomotive powering the rake of CAF Mark 5A carriages on their way to Huddersfield.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
A pair of Derby-built Class 158 diesel multiple units about to enter Morley tunnel.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Platform end of the Huddersfield-bound platform at Morley.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Morley station, looking towards the new platforms and Cottingley.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Morley station, looking towards Cottingley.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Morley station, looking towards the new Morley station and Cottingley.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Looking towards Cottingley, with the existing Morley station on the left, and the new platforms on the right of the image.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
The new platforms taking shape at Morley - looking towards Cottingley.
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
The new platforms at Morley (looking towards Cottingley).
Morley Low station (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
A set of locomotive-hauled Mark 5A carriages, built by CAF, pass the site of the new station at Morley (image looking towards Cottingley).
Morley Low (nd) : Philip Hardaker
Approach from Leeds to Morley station with the banner signal for ("B1" controlled by Batley signal box).   See cab ride

Cottingley station
Opened 1988.
Cottingley station Services (06-06-23) : Paul Holroyd
Closure of Cottingley station and relocation of Morley station.
Cottingley station, which opened on 25 April 1988, is due to close in December 2023. It will be replaced by a new station 750 metres away, near to the White Rose shopping centre As part of the Trans Pennine route upgrade, to allow for track realignment and higher speeds.

Farnley Flying Junction
Farnley junction map 1908 : David Webdale   See Leeds New Line
Here the Leeds New line split in two. The single track line from Huddersfield to Leeds, (the down line), dropped down underneath Gelderd road Before joining the existing Leeds - Huddersfield  line. The single track line from Leeds to Huddersfield, was carried on an embankment,
where it crossed over the existing Leeds-Huddersfield line & over  Gelderd road before joining the existing Leeds - Huddersfield line.

Leeds Joint Central station & goods depot
Opened 1884. Closed 1967.
Leeds Central (n.d) : Dave Walbank   see Leeds West
Leeds Central station
Leeds Central (n.d) : Dave Walbank
Leeds Central station before demolition.

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