Saturday, 17 February 2018

Bank House Railway Tunnel, Copley.

Bank House Tunnel ( Also Known as Copley Tunnel) is a short curved railway tunnel built in to the hillside through a rock face around Salterhebble Hill, Halifax. The tunnel carries the line connecting Sowerby Bridge with Halifax and I have been unable to find the exact date but I assume as Copley Viaduct opened in 1852, the tunnel opened at a similar time. The line merges with original branch line from Greetland to Halifax a few hundred yards up from the tunnel.

The pictures around the tunnel were taken using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera on October 25 2014. They can be seen below and on Clickasnap where they are full resolution and un-watermarked.

Please be aware at no time did i ever enter anywhere within the rail network property to take these pictures. That would have been dangerous and i would not encourage anybody to do so either.

The northern portal, Salterhebble side of the tunnel. This was quite difficult
 to reach having to climb down an embankment and through dense
overgrowth to get somewhere near to take the picture. 

The southern portal Copley side of the tunnel.

Looking down towards the tunnels northern portal. The embankment
I climbed down was the opposite side beyond the fence. I would not
encourage anyone to do this.

Halifax bound train entering the tunnel.

Sowerby Bridge bound train exciting the tunnel.


The following picture was taken of the tunnel and surrounding valley from the top of Siddal, using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on the 9 April 2017.


The picture shows the tunnel to the centre. All Saints church, Salterhebble can be seen on the hillside to the right with North Dean Woods in the distance beyond the tunnel.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to share, all the pictures remain the copyright of Colin Green.