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Britain's railways 1834 - present    Routes & companies
Contributors:   Reproduction prohibited  / Lost Railways / Ralph Rawlinson / Richard Strand / Simon Edgerton / John Sutcliffe / Malcolm Mallison
 
Routes by company & opening dates
 Great Northern Lines  L & N.W.R Lines  L & Y Lines  Midland Lines  N E R Lines
Adwalton - Wakefield  1864 Batley - Birstall Lower  1852 Calder Valley - Main Line  1840 Guiseley - Yeadon 1894 Arthington to Otley 1865
Ardsley - Laisterdyke  1857 Heaton Lodge - Stalybridge Clayton West Branch Leeds - Bradford 1846 Castleford - Garforth  1878
Batley - Beeston  1890 Kirkburton Branch  1867 Copley & Greetland - Low Moor 1849 Leeds - Derby 1840 Church Fenton - Harrogate 1848
Beeston Jn -Hunslet Gds 1899 Leeds New Line  1900 Cutsyke - Methley  1849 Leeds Hunslet Junction -
Midland Goods 1840
Leeds - Harrogate  1849
Dewsbury Loop  1880 Leeds - Mirfield  1848 Holmfirth Branch  1850 Newtown Goods  1910 Leeds -Selby 1834
Laisterdyke - Shipley 1874   Horbury West Curve  1902 Royston -
Dewsbury Savile town  1906
Leeds - Wetherby  1876
Leeds - Bradford 1854   Huddersfield - Penistone Shipley - Skipton 1847  
Pudsey Loop  1893   Meltham Branch  1869 Skipton - Ilkley 1888  
Queensbury Lines  1878   Mirfield - Low Moor  1847    
    North Dean Branch  1875    
    Pickle Bridge Line  1881    
    Ravensthorpe Branch  1869    
    Sowerby Bridge - Rishworth  1881    
    Todmorden - Burnley 1849    
    Wakefield - Goole 1848    
 
Towns & Joint Lines
Bradford G N R     L & Y     Midland
Dewsbury G N R     L & Y     Midland   L N W
Halifax G N R     L & Y
Holmfield - Halifax St Pauls G N R     L & Y
Leeds G N R     L & Y     Midland     N E R   L N W
Lofthouse jn - Lofthouse & Outwood G N R     L & Y     N E R
Otley - Ilkley Midland     N E R
 
Colliery Lines
Lofthouse North Junction - Stourton Junction East & West Yorkshire Union Railway


Routes Map - Railway Network West Yorkshire 1834 - 1910


 Key for above map
 Great Northern Lines  L & N.W.R Lines  L & Y Lines  Midland Lines
1   Clayton
2   Great Horton
3   Horton Park
4   Manchester Road
5   St Dunstans
6   Laisterdyke
7   Eccleshill
8   Stanningley
9   Pudsey Greenside
10 Pudsey Lowtown
11 Bramley
12 Armley & Wortley
13 Birkenshaw & Tong
14 Drighlington & Adwalton
15 Gildersome
16 Howden Clough
17 Upper Batley
18 Morley Top
19 Woodkirk
20 Tingley
21 Beeston
22 Dewsbury Central
23 Earlsheaton
24 Chickenley
25 Osset
26 Flushdyke
27 Alverthorpe
28 Sandal
1   Battyeford
2   Northorpe
3   Heckmondwike Spen
4   Liversedge Spen
5   Cleckheaton Spen
6   Gomersal
7   Birstall Town
8   Gildersome
9   Farnley & Wortley
10 Ravensthorpe&Thornhill
11 Dewsbury Wellington Rd
12 Batley Carr
13 Carlinghow
14 Birstall Goods
1   Northorpe
2   Ravensthorpe
3   Dewsbury Market Place
4   Heckmondwike
5   Liversedge
6   Cleckheaton
7   Copley
8   West Vale
9   Elland
10 Brighouse
11 Hipperholme
12 Lightcliffe
13 Wyke & Norwood Green
14 Crofton
1 Kirkstall Forge
2 Kirkstall
3 Armley Canal Road
4 Apperley Bridge & Rawdon


 

West Yorkshire Present

Various maps
Leeds Bradford Wakefield map (1913) : Malcolm Mallison
Really need the full 6MB for the resolution. Hold on to your hat.
Bradford (1861) : Malcolm Mallison
Bradford 1861 6" OS Map (1.64 MB file size, be patient on the download)
25000 List PDF download : Malcolm Mallison
Cracking find. The National Library of Scotland (also deals with Sassenachs) has the complete 1:25000 First Series OS maps (nicely pre-Beeching)
viewable on line here   http://maps.nls.uk/os/25k-gb-1937-61/view/   Just type the number of the map into Search.
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)
Metroland 1905 : Richard Strand
What the Metro map might look like if created 100 years ago.
 
Wakefield Adwalton Junction OS Map (1947) : Ralph Rawlinson
Huddersfield Leeds OS Map : Ralph Rawlinson
Dewsbury OS Map (1947) : Ralph Rawlinson
Dewsbury Midland Railway System : Ralph Rawlinson
Trains Illustrated 1957 : Simon Edgerton
The History of Railways between Leeds & Bradford
From Rail tour of the West Ridin
g 1 to 4 See Leeds Bradford

Routes Map - Railway Network  Huddersfield  Dewsbury  Batley  1840-1910
1840 Calder Valley Main Line
(Manchester to Normanton)
L & Y*
1847 Huddersfield to Heaton Lodge L.N.W*
1847 Cleckheaton Branch
Mirfield to Low Moor
L & Y
1848 Thornhill Junction to Leeds L.N.W
1849 Huddersfield to Stalybridge L.N.W
1850 Huddersfield to Sheffield Junction (penistone line) L & Y
1850 Holmfirth Branch L & Y
1852 Bradley Curve L.N.W
1852 Birstall Branch L.N.W
1860 Wrenthorpe (Wakefield) to Batley G N R
1860 Adwalton Junction to Batley G N R
1867 Dewsbury to Market Place Branch L & Y
1867 Kirkburton Branch L.N.W
1869 Thornhill to Heckmondwike Central (Ravensthorpe branch) L & Y
1869 Meltham Branch L & Y
1874 Osset to Dewsbury Central G N R
1879 Clayton West Branch L & Y
1880 Dewsbury to Batley G N R
1881 Pickle Bridge Junction (Wyke)
to Anchor pit Junction
L & Y
1897 Headfield Junction
to Dewsbury Junction
G N R
1900 Heaton Lodge to Farnley Junction
(Leeds New Line)
L.N.W
1909 Royston to Thornhill Junction
(Savile Town)
Midland
1910 Mirfield to Newtown Goods Yard (Huddersfield) Midland

 
London North Western   ▬▬▬
Lancashire & Yorkshire   ▬▬▬
 Midland               ▬▬▬
 Great Northern              ▬▬▬

Note*
The Manchester & Leeds Railway  (The Calder Valley Line) Became The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1847.
1847 Huddersfield to Heaton Lodge (Battyeford) opened by the Huddersfield & Manchester Railway & Canal Company, later Became part of the London & North Western Railway.


Merging
1922
  Lancashire & Yorkshire Merged With London & North West
1923 London Midland & Scottish Railway - London & North Eastern Railway - Great Western Railway - Southern Railway
1948 The four companies nationalised to form British Rail
 
Dewsbury & Batley c1900

 
Key for above map
London North Western   ▬▬▬
Lancashire & Yorkshire   ▬▬▬
Midland               ▬▬▬
Great Northern              ▬▬▬
 
Yorkshire & Humberside Railway Companies & Grouping
 
Original Yorkshire & Humberside Companies Pre Grouping Companies Grouping 1923 BTC 1948
York & Newcastle York, Newcastle & Berwick North Eastern Railway (NER) London &
North Eastern (LNER)
British Railways 1948
Leeds & Thirsk Leeds Northern
Leeds & Selby York & North Midland
Whitby & Pickering
Hull & Selby
East & West Yorkshire Junction
Middlesborough & Guiseborough Stockton & Darlington
Middlesborough & Redcar
Cleveland
Hull and Barnsley
Malton & Driffield
Leeds Bradford & Halifax Junction Great Northern Railway (GNR)
Bradford Wakefield & Leeds
West Yorkshire
Great Grimsby & Sheffield Junction Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Great Central Railway (GCR)
Sheffield Ashton & Manchester
Sheffield & Lincs Junction
South Yorkshire
Lancashire Derbyshire & East Coast
  Great Eastern Railway (GER)
Sheffield District Railway (SDR)
North British Railway (NBR)
Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR)
Manchester & Leeds Lancashire & Yorkshire London & North Western Railway (LNWR) London Midland & Scottish (LMS)
Leeds Dewsbury & Manchester Railway
Huddersfield & Manchester
Dearne Valley Railway
Heaton Lodge & Wortley Railway
Sheffield &Rotherham Railway Midland Railway (MR)
Leeds & Bradford Railway
North Midland Railway
North Western Railway

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