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Calverley & Rodley Station 1918

Horsforth Station

Calverley & Rodley Station
Date 1918
Location Horsforth
Photo ID
The station opened in 1849, it is on the Leeds to Harrogate line, also serving Cookridge and Tinshill.
In 1969 it became unstaffed and many of the railway buildings were demolished.
Traffic congestion and an increased demand for rail use led to the station being redeveloped and modernised in 2002/3, including the reinstatement of staff at peak times.

New information from Martin Bairstow who is a much regarded author of many railway books.

The photograph is definitely Calverley & Rodley. Wooden building at road level spanning all four tracks.

Covered staircase to "down fast" platform clearly visible at near end.

Dates from quadrupling in late 1890s.

As far as I know, the previous main building was what later became the waiting room on the down fast platform.

My Airedale & Wharfedale book page 10 (middle).

But that seems to be in Midland style of the 1860s and 70s so there must have been something even earlier.


Calverley & Rodley opened and closed at the same time as Apperley Bridge.

It may have been called Calverley Bridge at one time.

It was accessed from Calverley by what is now a footpath from the main road, marked by a stone saying "Station Fields".

This path was, I think, lit by railway gas lights.

It crosses the canal by a swing bridge and the river by a stone bridge which I think dates from about 1780.

Access from Rodley was along the canal towpath which is wide enough to form a road between Rodley swing bridge and where it leaves the canal to access the aforementioned river bridge.



The comment under the heading ‘Calverley & Rodley Station’ wholly refers to Horsforth station on the Leeds – Harrogate line. Apart from the fact that I used the station between 1961 and when it closed in March 1965 I am sorry but I don’t have any further information. (I worked at Shipley Goods and was a railwayman for 44 years!)

Best wishes,
David Leonard

27 December 2013
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