Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Remains of the Rishworth Branch Line.


These are a collection of photographs taken in a number of spells along what remains of the Rishworth Branch Line. There are 2 albums to view on Flickr and Clickasnap each containing a different set of pictures.

The Rishworth Branch Line was a railway that ran from Sowerby Bridge to Rishworth through the Ryburn Valley for a length of approx. 4 miles. There was an original plan to extend the line through to Littleborough under Rishworth Moor but despite surveys being completed this was never undertaken. It was built to double track standard with this in mind but the 2nd track was mainly used to store carriages and engines.  The line features stations at Sowerby Bridge, Triangle, Ripponden with Barkisland, Rishworth and from 1907 a halt at Watson's Mill Crossing. Completed in 1878 passengers were only carried until 1929 when due to the rise in trams and buses this became unviable. Freight ceased to be carried from Rishworth in 1952 and the whole line closed in 1958 with the tracks lifted shortly after.

There is surprisingly a lot of the bridges still present with only Ripponden Bank bridge, a footbridge near Kebroyd and the trestle bridge at Rishworth long since removed. There are still platform remains at Rishworth and the Scar Head Tunnel (542 metres) are still to be found along the line, although neither are easily accessible. In all the line featured 14 crossing, a tunnel, 2 underpasses, and 5 stations.

Whilst some parts belong to private owners and are not accessible large parts of the former track bed are a public bridleway / footpath and make for a pleasant woodland walk.

The albums on both Clickasnap (Rishworth Branch) and Flickr (Rishworth Branch) are currently being added to so not all pictures can be viewed yet so please keep checking. I've hundreds that have  taken along the former line so will be adding regularly over the next few weeks.

The Remains of the Rishworth Branch Line.

Sadly I am unable to embed pictures from my Clickasnap album but they can be viewed by clicking this link which opens in another window. Clickasnap Rishworth Branch Line album.

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Water Channel on the Closed Rishworth Branch Line.

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The Arch Bridge.

Rishworth Branch Line Trackbed 1.

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