Leeds and Thirsk Railway


This line is partly open.


21/07/1845Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Company incorporated, line receives act; Leeds to Thirsk with two branches to the Leeds and Bradford Railway one at Bramley and one at Holbeck, one curve to the Great North of England Railway at Thirsk, and two short branches to Harrogate and Knaresborough.
20/10/1845Leeds and Thirsk Railway
First sod cut.
  /07/1846York and Newcastle Railway
Proposed Team Valley line to counter another proposal by the Leeds and Thirsk Railway along the same route.
16/07/1846Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Second Leeds and Thirsk Act gives powers to open a line from Northallerton to Billingham on the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway, Eaglescliffe on the Stockton and Darlington Railway and Stockton on the Clarence Railway.
16/07/1846Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Act for extension from Northallerton to meet the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway at Stockton. Plan to buy Stockton and Hartlepool Railway falls through.
09/07/1847Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Act gives permission for a number of alterations to the route.
  /  /1848Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Line opened
15/05/1852Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Northallerton to Stockton section opened.
  /  /1853West Hartlepool Harbour and Railway
Diverts trains from Stockton station on the North Shore Branch (North Eastern Railway) to Stockton North station on the Leeds and Thirsk Railway. (The company controlled the former Clarence Railway and Stockton and Hartlepool Railway).
  /  /1854York and North Midland Railway Malton and Driffield Junction Railway York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway Leeds and Thirsk Railway West Hartlepool Harbour and Railways North Eastern Railway
Companies merge to form the North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1893Leeds and Thirsk Railway
North Stockton station re-built and re-named Stockton. South Stockton station becomes Thornaby.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.

Leeds to Thirsk

Black 5 No. 5305 accelerates the HLPG special away from Wortley Junction in the direction of Harrogate on 30 April 1977. Although reporting numbers ...
Bill Jamieson 30/04/1977
Preserved Black 5 No. 5305 sets off from Leeds on 30 April 1977 and takes the Harrogate line at Wortley Junction on the loco^s first public outing ...
Bill Jamieson 30/04/1977
A morning Harrogate - Kings Cross express, hauled by 47521, rounds the tight curve on the approach to Wortley Junction, Leeds, on 30 April 1977. The ...
Bill Jamieson 30/04/1977
On its first outing since restoration to mainline running condition, No. 46229 Duchess of Hamilton swings right at Wortley Junction, Leeds and ...
Bill Jamieson 10/05/1980
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Deltic 55009 Alycidon runs through the Leeds suburb of Armley heading onto the Harrogate line to York, and then on to Hull via Selby, with The ...
David Pesterfield 29/12/1981
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Platform view south at Horsforth station on 19 March with the 15.12 service to Knaresborough just appearing below the road bridge in the background. ...
Bruce McCartney 19/03/2014
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View north west of the small Belmont crossing box on Forest Lane, Starbeck, between Starbeck and Knaresborough stations. The level crossing is a short ...
David Pesterfield 11/07/2019
Ex-Scotrail Turbostar DMU 170477, now in Northern Rail latest livery, speeds across Belmont level crossing mid morning, after leaving Starbeck station ...
David Pesterfield 11/07/2019
View south to the level crossing and small Belmont crossing box on Forest Lane, Starbeck, between Starbeck and Knaresborough stations. The level ...
David Pesterfield 11/07/2019
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Looking south along the extant platforms at Wormald Green station (closed 1962) between Ripon and Harrogate in October 2020. The old station sits ...
David Pesterfield 11/10/2020
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The rail over road bridge at Pottery Lane, that runs between Littlethorpe and the Ripon to Bishop Monkton Road. The view is looking east showing the ...
David Pesterfield 11/10/2020
The solum of the former Leeds to Northallerton line heading south from Ripon is substantially extant over much of the section between the now ...
David Pesterfield 11/10/2020
The solum of the former Leeds to Northallerton line, heading south from Ripon, is substantially extant over much of the section between the now ...
David Pesterfield 11/10/2020
Running alongside a stretch of the A61 Ripon by-pass running north on the eastern flank of the town are two lengthy extant sections of embankment that ...
David Pesterfield 28/01/2020
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Arriving at the platform is the slightly late 15.31 TPE ex York to Middlesbrough. Yes, it WAS blowy and raining! (Storm Brian strikes). ...
Bruce McCartney 21/10/2017
Colas Class 70 70814 is seen heading south with a loaded GBRf biomass working from Tyne Dock to Drax Power Station during a loan period for assessing ...
David Pesterfield 30/03/2018
GBRf (ex Eurospec) 66745 heading south at Thirsk just before 15.00 on 27 December 2018 with the 11.27 North Blyth to Drax Power Station loaded coal ...
David Pesterfield 27/12/2018
An East Coast Main Line HST approaches Thirsk station on the fast lines in February 1982. ...
Mark Bartlett 08/02/1982
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Knaresborough Branch

Looking east along the River Nidd at Knaresborough with a Northern DMU on the viaduct. The unique Knaresborough signal box see image 23671 can be ...
Ian Dinmore //
Looking over the rooftops of Knaresborough on 19 March as the 16.45 arrival from Leeds runs out onto the viaduct before crossing over to platform 1 ...
Bruce McCartney 19/03/2014
The 14.15 for York approaches Knaresborough on 13 November 2014, complete with moustache for ^Movember^. The last two vehicles are Class 142 Pacers, ...
Colin Miller 13/11/2014
Performing the hourly ritual of reversing onto the viaduct at Knaresborough and then setting back into the station is a Northern 153/155 Sprinter ...
Mark Bartlett 19/04/2013
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This is a two platform station. Fine station buildings remain and are canopied. There is a six sided signal box to the west, just across a level crossing, built onto the end of the row of houses on Kirkgate.

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See also
Knaresborough Extension (York and North Midland Railway)
The 17.29 ex-York about to restart from Knaresborough on 19 March and continue on its journey to Leeds. ...
Bruce McCartney 19/03/2014
Signs at the end of the York bound platform at Knaresborough station in November 2014. [Ref query 6557] ...
Colin Miller 13/11/2015
A quiet period at Knaresborough station in April 2009. View is north east along platform 2 towards the south portal of Knaresborough Tunnel and the ...
John Furnevel 24/04/2009
The terminated 11.59 ex-Leeds stands at Knaresborough station on 24 April 2009. The DMU will shortly run back onto Knaresborough Viaduct (behind ...
John Furnevel 24/04/2009
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