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Guiseley Station (2)


Guiseley StationGuiseley Station
Title
Guiseley Station
Date Undated
Location Guiseley
Photo ID
X144 + X145 + V080 + V110
Comment
Top: A diesel engine on the line is going to Ilkley, the old station buildings and bridge are still in situ.

Upper Middle: View of the line and old station buildings.

Lower Middle: View of the station with the original bridge over the line, it was moved to the Settle - Carlisle line in 1992 to allow for electrification of the Guiseley line.

Bottom: Guiseley station with the original station buildings and bridge, a diesel engine is on the line.
To the left is Moon's Mill which faces onto Netherfield Road.



D843

1992: Old and new foot bridges side by side, the new bridge is on the left.

Donated by Alan Pickles

D879

Undated: View before the signal box was removed.

Donated by Alan Pickles

 

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adminCH02
The two photos were taken at or about the same time, almost certainly in the latter half of 1972. One of the posters is for the "West Riding" campaign which was launched in July 1972.
The timetable poster will not enlarge sufficient to be certain but I think it excludes Baildon which reopened on 5 January 1973.
The chap assisting the passengers is the train guard. Station staff were withdrawn in October 1968 - at least as regards passengers. They still handled parcels for a time. I don`t know exactly when this ended but it had gone by the time of these photos. The main building is disused, awaiting demolition which happened in 1974.
The timers on top of the gas lamps are a recent innovation. They were switched on manually when the station was staffed.
The signal box is now at Bolton Abbey and the footbridge at Kirkby Stephen.
The train is a class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit from either Leeds or Bradford F S to Ilkley. A similar two car set is now on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, except that it has two power cars with 600hp. The one photographed is a power car and trailer formation with only 300hp. They used to struggle with the gradients on the Ilkley line.
The line was under constant threat of closure from publication of the Beeching Report in March 1963 until Autumn 1972, when the immediate threat was lifted.

Martin Bairstow

01 February 2014
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