Manchester and Leeds Railway






Dates

  /  /1825Manchester and Leeds Railway
First proposal for railway.
04/07/1836Manchester and Leeds Railway
Royal assent received.
04/07/1839Manchester and Leeds Railway
Manchester (Oldham Road) to Littleborough opened.
05/10/1840Manchester and Leeds Railway
Normanton to Hebden Bridge opened, worked by the North Midland Railway.
01/01/1841Manchester and Leeds Railway
Extended from Hebden Bridge to Walsden.
01/03/1841Manchester and Leeds Railway
Line opened throughout; Walsden to Littleborough through the summit tunnel opened.
01/01/1844Manchester and Leeds Railway
Miles Platting to Hunts Bank (Manchester 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
158844 and 150220 run non stop through Smithy Bridge with a semi-fast Manchester to Leeds service on 29 November 2014. ...
John McIntyre 29/11/2014
158908 passes Smithy Bridge on 29 November 2014 with a Leeds to Manchester Victoria semi fast service. ...
John McIntyre 29/11/2014
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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
Still in the Colas colour scheme, 60096 hauled dead by GBRf 66773 passes a Class 158 on a Northern Leeds to Wigan Wallgate service at Walsden on 2nd ...
Malcolm Chattwood 02/01/2020
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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
Northern 158816 on a westbound Calder Valley service calls at Todmorden on 17 May 2015. ...
John McIntyre 17/05/2015
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
3-car 144014, heading for Manchester Victoria, calls at the west bound platform at Hebden Bridge on 24th April 2010. This unit continued in service ...
Mark Bartlett 24/04/2010
A Northern service from York to Blackpool North approaches Hebden Bridge on 7th July 2016. 158903 passes the signal box and will soon arrive at the ...
John McIntyre 07/07/2016
GBRf 66751 heads a long Liverpool to Drax biomass train through Hebden Bridge on the 21st October 2016. ...
Mark Bartlett 21/10/2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
Brush Type 3s 31285 + 31264 double head a rake of fuel or bitumen bogie tanks west between Mirfield and Heaton Lodge Junction in May 1987. ...
David Pesterfield 06/05/1987
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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
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Up close and personal view of preserved former LNER Gresley A4 Pacific 4468 (BR 60022) ^Mallard^, as it runs east non-stop through Wakefield Kirkgate ...
David Pesterfield 31/07/1988
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
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
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
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