Saturday, 29 December 2018

Train Stations of the Calder Valley

Train Stations of the Calder Valley is a new slideshow I have uploaded to YouTube which features pictures of every currently open Railway Station in Calderdale taken since 2013. The following station feature. in the video.

Brighouse Railway Station.
Opened 1840 - Closed 1970
Reopened 2000

Halifax Railway Station.
Opened 1844 - Re sighted to current place 1855

Hebden Bridge Railway Station.
Opened 1840

Myholmroyd Railway Station.
Opened 1841 - Rebuilt 1871- Rebuilt again 1980's

Sowerby Bridge Railway Station.
Opened 1840 - Re sighted to current place 1876

Todmorden Railway Station.
Opened 1841

Walsden Railway Station.
Opened 1845 - Closed 1961
Reopened 1990


I look forward to adding Elland to this when it reopens in 2022, and the potential reopening of both Hipperholme Station and Cornholme (Portsmouth), Todmorden Station if they come to pass.


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Hebden Bridge Railway Station, Updated.

I wrote a recent post featuring some pictures I took at Hebden Bridge, it can be seen here, these pictures are some I have recently found on my hard drive that I took on the 21st July 2018. See my other post for information on the station, this one just features the pictures.

There are 8 pictures 5 which can be seen here and on Flickr, with an additional 3 that can only be seen on Clickasnap via the links below.

Hebden Bridge Railway Station.

Platform 1 Hebden Bridge

Slope to Platform 1.

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Hebden Bridge Platform 2

Hebden Bridge Signal Box

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Monday, 24 December 2018

Sowerby Bridge Floods, 3 Years Later

Boxing Day 2015 saw flooding devastate the Calder Valley from Todmorden through to Brighouse, including my home town of Sowerby Bridge. I took a small set of pictures then of the ongoing flooding and with time to pass this morning, I thought I would return to roughly the same area and re picture some of them. They can all be seen here and on Flickr.

Gas Works Bridge, 3 Years After The Floods.

Gas Works Bridge, 3 Years After The Floods.
These 2 pictures show Gas Works Bridge which crossers the River Calder near to the Navigation Inn, Sowerby Bridge. They were taken today 24-12-2018 with the Boxing Day floods from 2015 inset in to the picture.

Lockhill Mill, Sowerby Bridge after the Flood.
Lockhill Mill pictured today (24-12-2018) and the aftermath of the flood and the damaged building taken on the 1-1-2016.

River Calder, Sowerby Bridge. During and After the Flood.

River Calder, Sowerby Bridge. During and After the Flood.

River Calder, Sowerby Bridge. During and After the Flood.
River Calder and footbridge alongside the Turks Head pub, Sowerby Bridge. Main picture (24-12-2018) with the flooding picture inset from Boxing Day 2015.

Rochdale Canal, Sowerby Bridge.
The Rochdale Canal from Tower Hill Bridge, pictured 24-12-2018 and inset Boxing Day 2015.

Tuel Lane Lock after the Floods.

Tuel Lane Lock after the Floods.
Tuel Lane Lock on the Rochdale Canal. Main picture 24-12-2018 with the flooding picture inset from Boxing Day 2015.

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Saturday, 22 December 2018

Venice, Italy. 30th October 2018

Recently I got the chance to visit Venice, Italy I was there to visit my daughter who was staying there for a couple of months as part of her university degree. I don't go Everyday was plentiful for taking pictures so I have broken down the pictures I took in to places I can remember, or sets based around the day I took them. This first set was taken on the 29th October 2018 and there are over 126 images I have published on either Clickasnap or Flickr, with a select few viewable on here. The city is architecturally fantastic with tight pathways between buildings, canals alongside buildings, footbridges plentiful. Despite spending 5 days there I don't feel I got the chance to explore all Venice had to offer, although 5 days was more than enough time to spend there from a personal point of view.
The following images are a small selection from my Flickr album which has a total of 96 pictures to view. There are an additional 30 pictures exclusive to Clickasnap via the album link below. Every picture featured here was taken on Tuesday 30th October 2018 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Venice, Italy 30 October 2018
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Venice, Italy. 16

Venice, Italy. 8

Stairs in Venice, Italy.

Venice, Italy. 67

Venice, Italy. 23

Artwork in Venice.

Venice, Italy. 101

Church of San Barnaba.

Venice, Italy. 169

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Friday, 21 December 2018

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade is a pedestrian shopping street in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Westgate was originally built as an access road to the Piece Hall and by the late 1990's had become one of the least used roads in Halifax. Between 2004 and 2006 the area was pedestrianised and a canopy added to give the area a indoor shopping feel. It's is now home to a number of independent shops and restaurants.


The pictures were taken on the 27th May 2018. There are 6 in total all of which can be seen here and on Flickr. 3 can also be viewed untagged and full size on my Clickasnap account via the links below.

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

Westgate Arcade, Halifax

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Westgate Arcade, Halifax

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Thursday, 20 December 2018

Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station.

Recently I got the opportunity to visit Venice, Italy to visit my daughter who was studying there as part of her Warwick University degree. Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe which I thought was built on a series of islands surrounded by water. As it happens this is the case but it is also joined to the main line a thin bridge that carries the only road and rail connection over the water to Venice. As I have posted many times about railway stations before it's probably obvious that I do like to picture them, so on Wednesday 31st October 2018 which was by far and away the best weather we got during our 5 day stay I set off to find the station and picture it.

Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station began construction in 1860 on the site of the Church of Santa Lucia, the station taking it's name from the church. It was connected to the mainland via the Venice Railroad bridge which predates the station having been built in 1846, although this bridge is much changed in the 1930's the bridge had road ways added to allow road traffic to cross to the north eastern part of Venice. Around the same time developments of the station building started and when these were completed 1952 the station had taken on it's current modern styling. It undertook refurbishment again between 2009 - 2012 to allow more retail space and a better customer experience. The station was built so as not to dominate the historic surroundings. It is home to 23 platforms.
There are a total of 18 picture I took in and around the station, all can be seen on Flickr with 9 also available to view on Clickasnap via the link below.
Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station
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Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station High Speed Train

Outside Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station

Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station

The Grand Canal and Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station

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This post has been updated and reposted on the 21st July 2020, this was due to a number of the pictures having been deleted. They can now be seen again in that post.

The Tyne Tunnel, North and South.

The Tyne Tunnel is a road tunnel that carries the A19 road under the River Tyne approx. 7 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne. It connects the south bank town of Jarrow with North Shields on the other side. Originally opened in 1967, the tunnel formed part of a 3 tunnel project to link the banks of the Tyne via pedestrian, cycle and road crossings. The original tunnel was refurbished in 2011 after the completion of a new 2 lane tunnel to the east of the original one, which carries southbound traffic now.

These were filmed on the same day 29th March 2018 using my dashcam. The main video clip is of the northbound tunnel with the southbound overlaid in the top left hand corner. I then added some background music.


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Port Glasgow to Uddingston, A Drive Along a Scottish Motorway.

Until recently I was a long distance lorry driver in the United Kingdom, also known as a tramper, this ended when I was made redundant and so I find myself between jobs, earning no income but with plenty of time to mess about doing things. In 1 of these moments of time on my hands I was going through some old dash cam footage and I have turned a few of these in to short time lapse video clips. The first of which is this run through Scotland from Post Glasgow to Uddingston.
Port Glasgow to Uddingston is a distance of approx. 27 miles (43kms) and the journey features a run along the A8, M8, and M74 all motorways or duel carriageways. In a wagon this is a journey of about 34 / 40 mins when the traffic is calm, luckily on the 14th August 2018 the roads were even if the weather was not very summer like. When I get on to the A8 approx. 43secs in to the video the road with large breaks in the trees shows the River Clyde until approx. 2min 52secs. Sadly because I could not angle the camera over any further you can not get the breath taking beauty of this wonderful Scottish coastline / riverside. Sadly other than a run along the new section of Motorway between J21 M8 to J3 M74 there isn't too much of note.


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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Hebden Bridge Railway Station.

Living nearby Hebden Bridge Station is one I have used many times and on this occasion was just passing through, so pictured only the westbound side. The station retains many of its original style and is probably the best looking station in use within the Calderdale region.

Opened in October 1840, the station was the end of the line until New Years Eve 1840 when the line was completed to Summit Tunnel, Walsden. Trains through the tunnel to Manchester were in operation from March 1841 when services ran from Leeds to Manchester through the station. Services to Halifax and Bradford commenced in 1852. The current station buildings were completed in 1893, and the station car park was the site of the station goods yard until 1966. During renovation in 1997 signage was installed in the colours of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.

The station is manned and has toilets and ticket facilities, it also features a small café and has access to buses immediately outside the main entrance. There is disabled access to the Leeds bond platform but currently access to platform 1, trains towards Lancashire and Manchester is only accessible via steps. There are plans to reinstate the lifts between the platforms which have been out of use since the 1980's. The station has 3 Manchester bound trains per hour and 1 towards Preston from Platform 1. Platform 2 has 4 Leeds bound services per hour, 3 via Bradford Interchange and another through Dewsbury.

These pictures were taken on 5th August 2017 using a Nikon d3300 SLR. There are a total of 8 pictures with 6 viewable here and on Flickr and 2 exclusive to Clickasnap via the links below.

Hebden Bridge Station.

Subway Slope at Hebden Bridge.

Steps at Hebden Bridge Station

Hebden Bridge Station.

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Station Subway at Hebden Bridge.

Hebden Bridge Waiting Room.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Hollins Tunnel and Weir, Sowerby Bridge.

These are 2 short film clips I made recently and have uploaded to YouTube featuring clips to put together of the weir and tunnel at Sowerby Bridge known as Hollins.

Hollins Tunnel.
Hollins Tunnel or Hollins Mill Tunnel as it is also known is a canal tunnel that carries Hollins Mill Lane over it at Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. Built over 200 years ago, the canal was opened in 1804 connecting the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Sowerby Bridge with the Bridgewater Canal at Manchester. The tunnel is the longest on the canal in Yorkshire and is quite an intimidating place in the dark. I filmed the clips at both ends and inside the tunnel on the 6th December 2018.


Hollins Mill Weir.
The weir at Hollins mill can be heard but barely seen from the canal tunnel, they are very close. The weir used to power the nearby mills that have long since been demolished and now stands as a monument to history. It was badly damaged during the devastating floods that hit the Calder Valley on Boxing Day 2015 with a large section now missing although this can't really be seen in the clips. I took these clips on the 6th December.



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Water Bus along the Grand Canal in Venice to Rialto Bridge Stop.

I have recently uploaded to YouTube this video I took whilst on the public transport boat bus along he Grand Canal, Venice. The clip follows the canal from the stop at Casino S. Marcuola to Rialto. It just gave me a chance to film some of the magnificent Venetian architecture that sits on the canal side. The clip is 9 mins 29 secs long and I have added the music Blue Danube by Strauss over it. Please take a moment to view, share and subscribe to my channel.


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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Cruise Ship and Venice.

Cruise Ship and Venice is a short video I took on the front at St Marks. I was there early one morning to see the sunrise but sadly cloud cover made that impossible, so instead I became aware the MSC Lirica was dur to dock in Venice shortly so hung around to film it's passage up the Venetian Lagoon towards the port. I must admit it was quite a site and I would have loved to have filmed Venice from the deck of the ship.

The Lirica entered service in 2003 and cost $250 million to build, and can carry up to 2600 passengers.  This was filmed on the 2nd November 2018 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. It can be viewed here and on YouTube.

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Walker Pit and Beacon Hill, Halifax.

Beacon Hill and Walker Pit was a walk I dragged my daughter on a few months back. It's and area of Halifax close to Shibden that overlooks the town of Halifax. I parked in the Shibden Hall and Park car park before taking the approx. 15min walk up to Beacon Hill where along the way you pass a couple of ventilation shafts for Beacon Railway Tunnel and the one that stands out more, although on private land and partially hidden by trees is the Walker Pitt Ventilation shaft.

Walker Pit.
Paid for by Anne Lister and named after her partner Ann Walker, the pit was dug by John Mann in 1835 to supply coal to Shibden Hall and the nearby area. The pit was also known as Miss Lister's Mine and was subject to some dispute with nearby colliery owner Christopher Rawson. The ornate ventilation shaft is all that remains of the pit.

Walker Pit Tower, Shibden

After passing the shaft I carried on the walk up to Beacon Hill, which offers probably the best unobstructed views across Halifax, The Calder, Hebble and Shibden Valleys. Once at the top I spent some time taking the view in and taking pictures.

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Walker Pit Tower & Beacon Hill. August 11 2018
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The Beacon, Halifax

Shibden Path.

North Bridge, Dean Clough and Beyond. Halifax

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Brockholes Railway Station, Kirklees.

I originally posted this set of pictures taken at Brockholes in December 2017, I had edited them as black and white with only the one colour showing. The original station buildings which are now a private residence are some of my favourite pictures and the station buildings at Brockholes with all the trees still green but the rest black and white is 1 of my most popular pictures I have ever uploaded to Flickr. I was going through the images yesterday and decided to upload a small collection of the original pictures in full colour, 4 on Flickr and an additional 1 that can be seen exclusively on Clickasnap.

Brockholes Station serves the village of Brockholes, Kirklees approx. 4 miles south of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. It was opened in July 1850 by the Huddersfield & Sheffield Junction Railway as a duel track station. The branch for Holmfirth left the line just south of the station until the branch closed in 1965. Staff were removed from Brockholes station in 1966 after the minister for transport refused to allow closure on the line. Closure was again threatned during the 1970's - 80's with the branch line to Clayton West closing in 1983. The line was reduced to single track status in 1989 with only the down platform being retained for use, although the building s had been removed in the early 1970's on this platform. The station buildings on the former up platform were turned in to a private residence and have been restored to give an heritage appeal.

The pictures were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on the 21st May 2016. There are a total of 17 pictures with 10 available to view here and on Flickr and 7 available to view on Clickasnap via the link further down the page.

Brockholes Railway Station, Huddersfield.
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Brockholes Railway Station, Huddersfield

Closed Former Station Building at Brockholes Railway Station.

Brockholes Railway Station, Huddersfield

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