"A Proposed New Railway - Plans and
sections for a proposed new line of Railway from the Lancashire and Yorkshire
Station to Guiseley, with a short branch running into the Midland at Shipley,
have been prepared by Mr Smith, of the surveying firm of Smith and Gotthardt,
It is proposed
to carry the line from the Lancashire and Yorkshire station to the Canal
wharves, crossing Hall Ings, Brook Street, Swaine Street and Well Street, at an
average elevation of about 23 feet.
The purchase of the canal and its
conversion into a railway line to Windhill is the fundamental proposition on
which the whole scheme depends.
At Windhill the
new line will be so nearly on a level with the Midland that a junction can be
Having thus "spliced" the railways of the town, the new line
will be continued to Guiseley, so as to afford
a more direct approach to Otley and Ilkley and an additional
communication with the North-Eastern system.
The plans show
moderately good gradients and no very expensive engineering works.
leaving Windhill will cross the Midland, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the
Aire by a viaduct 440 yards long.
Passing close to Low Baildon, it takes the
direction of Tong Park Mills , where there will be another short viaduct.
small piece of Hollins Hill will have to be tunnelled; and finally the new line
will run into the Otley and Ilkley Extension line at the Guiseley station.
length of the line will be about seven miles.
briefly described Mr Smith's scheme, we will now indicate the reasons which
induce us to give it prominence on public grounds.
The extinction of the canal
and the rescue of the beautiful valley from desolation by bad odours will
result from the accomplishment of this scheme.
That result will be a great
We believe the new line may also be a good investment, just as the
short line to Leeds and the Wakefield line did, but it's highest recommendation
to us is, not that it will pay investors, but that it will be of great benefit
to the prosperity and traffic of the town.
Reproduced by kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive, research Edwy Harling