Manchester and Leeds Railway






Dates

  /  /1825[Manchester and Leeds Railway]
First proposal for railway.
04/07/1836[Manchester and Leeds Railway]
Royal assent received.
04/07/1839[Manchester and Leeds Railway]
Manchester (Oldham Road) to Littleborough opened.
05/10/1840[Manchester and Leeds Railway]
Normanton to Hebden Bridge opened, worked by the [North Midland Railway].
01/01/1841[Manchester and Leeds Railway]
Extended from Hebden Bridge to Walsden.
01/03/1841[Manchester and Leeds Railway]
Line opened throughout; Walsden to Littleborough through the summit tunnel opened.
01/01/1844[Manchester and Leeds Railway]
Miles Platting to Hunts Bank (Victoria) opened.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.




An LMR maroon totem from the inner-city Manchester station of Miles Platting (1844-1995). ...
David Panton //
The signal box at Miles Platting Junction - September 1987. ...
Ian Dinmore /09/1987
A DMU arriving at Miles Platting in June 1984. The station closed to passengers in 1995. [Ref query 6883] ...
Ewan Crawford Collection 06/06/1984
View from BR 'Scottish Grand Tour no 5' about to run through Miles Platting station on 1 June 1968 behind Britannia Pacific 70013 Oliver ...
John Robin 01/06/1968


Thorpes Bridge Junction was the point where two lines from Manchester Victoria (via Miles Platting and Cheetham Hill) met and also where the Rochdale ...
Mark Bartlett 28/12/2012




A Northern Class 150 DMU departs from Castleton on 29 November on a Manchester Victoria - Leeds service. ...
John McIntyre 29/11/2014
Northern 155343 calls at Castleton on 29 November 2014 with a service heading for Manchester Victoria. ...
John McIntyre 29/11/2014

A Manchester Victoria to Leeds semi fast service passes Mills Hill in east Manchester on 29 November 2014 as passengers wait on both platforms for the ...
John McIntyre 29/11/2014
Not to be confused with Mill Hill near Blackburn, this is Mills Hill between Manchester Victoria and Rochdale. The station was built in 1985 to ...
Mark Bartlett 01/06/2009



A brace of trams, led by 3061, roll down the new street running section in Rochdale towards the terminus. The sole purpose of the traffic lights ...
Mark Bartlett 07/08/2014
Metrolink Tram 3036 gets ready to return to Manchester from Rochdale on 18th July 2015. This new tram terminus is approximately at right angles to the ...
Ken Strachan 18/07/2015
The newest addition to the Metrolink network is the 1km street running extension from Rochdale Railway station, down the hill into the town ...
Mark Bartlett 07/08/2014
A brace of M5000 series trams approaching Rochdale Railway Station on 7 August along the new section of the Metrolink system from Rochdale Town ...
Mark Bartlett 07/08/2014



Smithy Bridge station was closed from 1960 until reopened by GMPTE in 1985. With the reintroduced services from Burnley complementing those on the ...
Mark Bartlett 14/03/2016
Smithy Bridge level crossing sees 158904 hurry through on a Leeds to Manchester Victoria service on 14th March 2016. The signal box that previously ...
Mark Bartlett 14/03/2016
158908 passes Smithy Bridge on 29 November 2014 with a Leeds to Manchester Victoria semi fast service. ...
John McIntyre 29/11/2014

Freightliner 66562 climbs through Walsden with a loaded coal train travelling from Ferrybridge to Fiddlers Ferry on 31st October 2016. The present ...
Mark Bartlett 31/10/2016
DB 66170 rolls eastwards through Walsden on 31st October 2016 with a freight carrying containers of waste from Knowsley Freight Terminal on the Kirkby ...
Mark Bartlett 31/10/2016


View from the Manchester platform at Todmorden as Northern 156420 slows to call with a Leeds service on 21st October 2016. ...
Mark Bartlett 21/10/2016
With the chord to the Copy Pit line reinstated Todmorden now sees four trains an hour in each direction. Three of these go to Leeds by either Bradford ...
Mark Bartlett 21/10/2016
The first northbound service to use the re-instated Todmorden Curve on 17 May was the 2J60 0840 hrs Manchester Victoria - Clitheroe, seen here about ...
John McIntyre 17/05/2015
155344 draws to a halt at Todmorden platform 1 on 10 February with a westbound service for Manchester Victoria. ...
John McIntyre 10/02/2014

150270 arrives at Littleborough with a westbound service to Manchester Victoria on 29 November 2014. The main station building on the eastbound ...
John McIntyre 29/11/2014
A few Class 155s remain in their original form (not reduced to single car as a Class 153) with Northern. Here 155344 arrives at Littleborough whilst ...
John McIntyre 29/11/2014

Grab shot from a Pacer negotiating the new Todmorden Curve and about to climb to Copy Pit summit on its way to Burnley and Blackburn from Manchester ...
Mark Bartlett 14/03/2016
Looking east as Northern Rail 158756 approaches Hall Royd Junction near Todmorden on a York to Blackpool North service on 29 March 2009. The 194 yard ...
John McIntyre 29/03/2009
Ex LNER B1 no 61264 approaching Hall Royd Junction on 10 February 2014 with support coach whilst working from the ELR at Bury to Grosmont on the NYMR. ...
John McIntyre 10/02/2014
155345 has just crossed Hall Royd Junction as it heads west on the Calder Valley route to Manchester Victoria. The tracks on the left are the route ...
John McIntyre 10/02/2014

Fairburn tank 42244 climbing past Eastwood signal box on the East Kilbride branch towards Busby Junction on 23 June 1962 with a Glasgow bound train. ...
John Robin 23/06/1962
A Standard 2-6-4 tank climbs past Eastwood signal box on the East Kilbride branch in April 1966 during the last week of steam haulage. The box served ...
John Robin 12/04/1966

The eastbound platform at Hebden Bridge, with its plethora of traditional signs, seen from the staggered westbound side. Northern 158842 calls on a ...
Mark Bartlett 21/10/2016
GBRf 66751 heads a long Liverpool to Drax biomass train through Hebden Bridge on the 21st October 2016. ...
Mark Bartlett 21/10/2016
Although a scene very similar to [See image 23132] it can be seen that the operational duties of Hebden Bridge signal box are surviving on borrowed ...
Malcolm Chattwood 12/09/2018
Its not only the platform area of Hebden Bridge that is attractive [See image 23133] but the external buildings too. This is the main booking office ...
Mark Bartlett 24/04/2010





The late afternoon sun catches 158752 as it departs from Sowerby Bridge on 12 March 2013 on a Leeds to Manchester Victoria service. ...
John McIntyre 12/03/2013
A Calder Valley line service, formed by Leyland unit 155345, calls at Sowerby Bridge on 2 April on its way to Leeds. Above the unit the local ...
Mark Bartlett 02/04/2011
This fine looking original L&YR station building overlooking the westbound platform at Sowerby Bridge contrasts with its 1960s canopies and modern ...
Mark Bartlett 02/04/2011






Leyland built Sprinter 155347 leaves Brighouse. The station lies on an east-west line and trains for Leeds call in both directions. This service, from ...
Mark Bartlett 24/04/2010
The Tin Bath is approaching its watering stop at Brighouse station in March 2013 but the regulators are still open on Ian Riley's Black 5s, ...
Mark Bartlett 18/03/2013
A diverted Sunday Trans-Pennine service (185105 heading for Middlesbrough) passing through Brighouse rather than taking the usual Standedge route from ...
Mark Bartlett 18/03/2013
Brighouse reopened to passengers trains in 2000, thirty years after its original closure. Since then service have expanded and it is now on two ...
Mark Bartlett 24/04/2010





An early evening eastbound Trans-Pennine express, probably the 18:05 Liverpool - Leeds, comes off the Huddersfield line at Heaton Lodge East Junction ...
Bill Jamieson /07/1983


Leyland unit 155344 on a Leeds service pulls away from a stop at Mirfield's island platform, as seen from the third platform that serves westbound ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2010
Apparently running without its 'Royal Inniskilling Fusilier' nameplate, Peak No. 45044 crosses the River Calder just west of Mirfield station ...
Bill Jamieson /07/1983
Although many tracks have been lifted at Mirfield three lines survive and they all serve station platforms. TPE 185141 hurries away from the camera ...
Mark Bartlett 20/07/2010
Mirfield shed was a typical LMS rebuild of an ex-L&YR standard shed, with a single roof pitch over each shed road and the original north light pattern ...
Bill Jamieson 28/10/1973









37069 heads an extra eastbound oil train through the cutting 
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Bill Jamieson 01/06/1974
37520 has just left the Procor works at Horbury Junction in February 1997 with a rake of refurbished London Transport tube stock heading towards ...
David Pesterfield 05/02/1997




An exhibition of landscapes in the subway at Wakefield Kirkgate station is accompanied by the strains of a band continuously playing Jerusalem. ...
John Yellowlees 10/06/2017
Railfreight Distribution 90032 is on the rear of a GNER service being diesel hauled between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds in July 1999 during ...
David Pesterfield 20/07/1999
Slow progress on the restoration of Wakefield Kirkgate Station building, seen in this late August view. The east and west end multi storey structures ...
David Pesterfield 25/08/2014
Arriva Grand Central 185105 stands at Wakefield Kirkgate platform 3 on the new 15.12 service to Kings Cross. This is now the fourth, and final, ...
David Pesterfield 11/12/2013