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1881 - 1952
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway
                    
Contributors:  © Reproduction prohibited / Graeme Bickerdike / Matt_uk / Mike Scargill / David Bradley / Lost Railways
The Route
From Anchor Pit Junction east of Brighouse, on the Manchester & Leeds Calder Valley main line,
Via Clifton Road & Bailiff Bridge, to Pickle Bridge junction, near Wyke, on the Halifax Bradford line.

Length
3 3/4 Miles.

Original Company
Opened by the West Riding Union Railway company.
The west Riding Union Railway company was formed in August 1846 by the merging of the
West Yorkshire Railway company & the Leeds and West Riding Junction Railway company.
In November 1846 it amalgamated with the Manchester and Leeds Railway Company.

Main Line Status
The line gained mainline status in 1900, when a Bradford Exchange to Marylebone was routed this way.
A five hour journey via Huddersfield & Penistone. Known as The South Yorkshireman, it ran until 1960
(re-routed via Halifax). A popular route in its day. In 1910 it carried 18 down & 20 up weekday passenger trains.

Opening
1881

Closure
1952



12
Lightcliffe
13 Wyke & Norwood Green


The Pickle Bridge line route maps

The two pages of the Pickle Bridge line are divided into a series of two modern street maps.
The route of the old railway line is combined with modern street maps & shows the crossings over or under roads where possible. Of course many of the road bridges over the line have now been filled in underneath & the railway bridges over the roads have been demolished.
We follow the route northwards from Anchor Pit Junction Brighouse, to Pickle Bridge Junction Wyke.







 
 







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Map 1 Brighouse
 Anchor Pit junction - Birkhouse



 


 

Map 1 Brighouse
Anchor Pit junction, Brighouse  to Birkhouse.
Pickle Bridge line ine shown in blue.
Existing Calder Valley Mainline shown in black.

For L&Y Calder Valley Mainline See - Calder Valley Mainline section

































 
Anchor Pit signal box (12-03-08) : David Bradley c/o Graeme Bickerdike
The old and rather ramshackled signal box from Anchor Pit Junction.
The remains are on private property, just a short distance from the box's original location.
Anchor Pit Junction facing East (25-10-03) Lost Railways
Taken from Woodhouse lane. (M62 in background) Anchor pit junction signal box was situated to the right of the multiple unit.
The Pickle bridge line veered off to the left. From Anchor Pit junction the gradient over the first mile is about 1 in 60.
Footpath facing west (25-10-03) Lost Railways
Just behind the building on the left, in above photo, I found this overgrown footpath, probably an iron deck bridge crossed here.
 
Woodhouse Lane bridge Brighouse : Bernard Coomber
A westbound Austerity with a coal train for Lancashire passes under Woodhouse Lane bridge Brighouse. see Calder Valley
8F Brighouse : Bernard Coomber
An eastbound 8F leaving Brighouse with empty wagons back to the Yorkshire coal fields.
Woodhouse Lane bridge visible in the background. see Calder Valley
River Calder facing north west (29-08-05) Lost Railways
Photographed from my mates barge. Found this bit of bridge on the north embankment of the river Calder.
This is the the only bit of evidence I've found in this area.
Footpath Clifton facing West (25-10-03) Lost Railways
No evidence of bridges over Wakefield road.
The next thing we found was this bridge over a footpath, situated a few yards from Wakefield road.

Clifton Road station
Opened 01-03-1881. Closed 14-09-1931. Demolished 1934.

Clifton Road Station Facing East (25-10-03) Lost Railways
The station was reached via Station road here on the left behind the gates. Took this photo from Clifton common road.
The Viaduct crossing here was demolished in the 1970s.
Clifton Road Viaduct
See Alf Mullins photo's on flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/49903268@N02/4586635323/in/photostream/
Thornhills Beck facing North (23-11-03) Lost Railways
Followed the embankment north for a while came across this massive five arch viaduct spanning Thornhills Beck lane.
Still looks in good nick. This is the view from the embankment.
Thornhills Beck facing East (23-11-03) Lost Railways
View from down on Thornhills beck lane. Bit of repair work on the parapet. Apparently someone jumped off this viaduct a while ago.
Thornhills Beck viaduct (09-10-06) Graeme Bickerdike   website - http://www.forgottenrelics.co.uk/
Close-up of the masonry on Thornhills viaduct. It never ceases to amaze me how the Victorians dealt so elegantly with difficult structural problems such as a skew arch, and without any of the technological advantages of today’s engineers.
Thornhills Beck facing West (23-11-03) Lost Railways
Thornhills beck lane, Looking down toward Bradford road.
Bradford Road facing East (24-11-03) Lost Railways
The view from Bradford road across the valley.
Bridge (09-10-06) : Graeme Bickerdike
A fine accommodation bridge about 300 yards north of the viaduct.

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