Aireborough Historical Society

Apperley Bridge Station

Apperley Bridge Station

Title
Apperley Bridge Station
Date Undated + 2015
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
FB024     Donated by Dennis Court
H274 + H275 & H276     Donated by Martin Bairstow
K379     Photographer Edwy Harling
Comment
1: A horse drawn wagon is outside the station, several local companies ran a service to convey passengers from the station to local towns and villages and vice versa.
A Midland Railway poster advertises trains to Leeds and Bradford.
 
2: 3: & 4: *This could be my fault, the descriptions dont really fit and that could be a techincal error on my part when re-typing the original.

I hope you can get something from this.

Maybe a train enthusiast can help me out here.

Carlo*

Images donated by Martin Bairstow, description is by Martin,

"I always put "fast" and "slow" in inverted commas because on this line they had nothing to do with speed. 
If "fast" meant anything it was direct from Leeds to Bradford for which purpose "fast" lines passed over the "slow" between Armley and Kirkstall. 
The route from Leeds to Shipley was quadrupled in stages around the turn of the Century and reduced back to double track in 1967. 
The surviving lines are "slow", the original lines vary. 
In Apperley Bridge Station the "slow" were original .
Across Apperley Viaduct and through the Thackley tunnel the "fast" were original so the surviving lines on that stretch are the additions of 1898 - 1901, not the originals of 1846.

Attached 1 Apperley Bridge platform 1 down "fast" line May 1958. Canopies have just been demolished along with cover on staircase
Copyright J C W Halliday

Jubilee hauled express passing Apperley Bridge on up "slow" line (platform 4) pre 1958. Canopies and covered staircase still in place.

Exterior view post 1901. Main building surmounting original, now "slow" lines. Immediately beyond, covered way spanning recently built "fast" lines and new platform, beyond that Queens Hotel.

*Which makes the description of image A311 wrong as the Queens Hotel is a pre 1898 station, the Queens Hotel would have fallen into a big hole when the cutting was widened in 1898 - 1901 to accommodate additional tracks and platforms. The small building on the near side of the station was in latter years a coal office and may have been such at the time the photo was taken, it is not part of the station.*

5: 2015: Surrounding area of the new Apperley Bridge railway station.

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hannah1
hannah1
This is on the corner of Apperley Lane and Woodlands Drive, and you had to go down a lot of steps inorder to get to the platform
16 April 2014
Bernard Harris
Bernard Harris
For non-rail folk, UP and Down refer to the direction of the trains: up is towards the major City, down away from the major city. The default major city is London. Where there are 4 tracks, 2 in each direction, the fast tracks were used by express traffic, and slow by goods and stopping (at all stations) traffic.
02 October 2017
David Bell
David Bell
I live on Woodlands Drive now, right alongside where the platform would have been. Great to see these pics of the station which back in the day I would have been able to see from where we now live.
16 September 2018
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