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1918 Army Rail Pass France to Yeadon

Army Rail Pass France to Yeadon
Date July 1918
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
"Army Form W3742 Forward Journey
HM Forces Overseas (In Uniform)
Combined Leave and Railway Ticket
Available for an authorised Journey on the Railways in Great Britain and Ireland ( including the Underground Railways) and on the steamers running to and from the ports.

G26198 From France to Yeadon Station
Third Class for One Person Only
(Insert Destination Station. Any alteration will render the ticket useless, unless signed by a Railway Transport Officer)
Leave granted from 11.7.18 to 25.7.18

Through tickets in cases where the journey is not continuous do not include the cost of transfer between Railway Termini in towns or between Railway Stations and Steamboats.
This ticket is issued subject to the regulations of the respective Companies over whose lines it is available and to the conditions stated in their Time Tables.
It must be shown and given up when required."

The destination is Yeadon Station, this is intriguing, did Yeadon Station cater for passengers during the War?

From Martin Bairstow:
" I very much doubt that this soldier would have been able to get a train to Yeadon.
It must be the work of some army clerk who didn`t know that it had no passenger service.
The ticket would have been ok to Guiseley.


Yeadon had a conventional station but a passenger service was never introduced. There were very occasional excursions.

A number of branch lines lost their passenger service "temporarily" during the First World War.

Batley to Birstall and Holmfield to Halifax St Pauls both closed to passengers on the last day of 1916 but remained open for goods until 1962 and 1960 respectively.


It is possible to speculate that, had Yeadon gained a passenger service in the 1890s, it would have fallen in frequency after the electric tramway opened in 1909 and would have closed "temporarily" but permanently during the First World War.

But since it didn`t have a service to start with, it was spared any wartime cut back. They were certainly not introducing new services at that time."


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