Saturday, 30 June 2018

Holme Chapel and Cliviger Gorge. (Updates)

Holme Chapel and Cliviger Gorge are a set of pictures that I originally featured here in a post from September 11th 2016. The reason for the update is that the entire set of 20 pictures is now available to view and purchase on Clickasnap here. They can be purchased as downloads from as little as 50p with prints also available. Some pictures can be downloaded for free and these can be seen below.

The album features pictures of the tunnel, church and surrounding area, taken on the 23rd April 2016.

Holme Tunnel.
Holme Tunnel passes underneath Thieveley Scout, part of the Cliviger Gorge, south of Burnley, Lancashire. The 265 yard tunnel opened in 1849 had recently undergone an £11.5 million refurbishment when I was there, allowing trains to run through at speeds of up to 75mph having restricted for many years to just 20mph.

Can be downloaded for free with prints available from £5


There are 6 pictures take around the tunnel that feature in the set. They are available from free to £1 for downloads. Prints can be bought at various prices depending on size and quality.

The Church of St John the Devine.
The church built between 1788 and 1794 is an active Anglican church in the diocese of Blackburn. It is Grade II listed and overlooks part of the village built on a vantage point above the hillside. General Sir James Yorke Scarlett, known for leading the charge of the Heavy Brigade during the Crimean War is buried here. Over 60,000 people lined the streets for his funeral. The church is featured in 6 pictures in the set.



The church and grounds are pictured in 6 of the images, they can be viewed, or purchased form as little s £0.50. Every album of images has some pictures available for free to download.

The full album can be seen by clicking here. or by watching the YouTube slideshow below.


The full set of 20 pictures are available to buy or simply view by clicking here. They can be purchased from as little as £0.50 for a download with selected pictures available for free. Prints can be bought with prices starting at just £5.

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

North Dean (Stainland) Branch Railway Line

The North Dean, Stainland or Greetland and Stainland branch line was a double track railway that ran from the main line at Greetland, Near Halifax climbing approx. 1.6 miles up the valley to it's terminus at the Stainland and Holywell Green Station. Opened on the 1st January 1875 to service the mills along the valley the line remained in use for passengers until 23rd September 1929 still running 16 trains each way upon closure. Goods traffic ceased on the 14th September 1959.

Despite it's short length the line featured 4 stations by 1907 with North Dean and Greetland Station at the junction with the mainline. Opened in 1844 as the mainline junction to Halifax Station, Greetland station remained in use until closure on the 8th September 1962, there have been rumours / discussions according to online sources of the station re-opening as a parkway station.

Overgrown Railtracks at Greetland.
Overgrown tracks in the area that used to be Greetland Station.

Railway Westwards at Greetland.
Looking westward along the mainline. This was the junction of the branch and the site of Greetland Station.

After leaving the mainline the branch cornered sharply through North Dean towards Clay House, there is part of a bridge still remaining here.

Overgrown and closed Railway Cutting at North Dean Woods, Halifax.
Partially infilled track bed at North Dean.

Bridge Remains at Clay House on the Closed Stainland Branch. 
Bridge remains near to Clay House, West Vale.

The line then arrived at the 2nd station along the route was the Rochdale Road Halt, opened in 1907 when the line change to rail motors the halt was on a bridge that crossed the B6113 Rochdale Road at West Vale. This station served passengers only and closed in September 1929 along with all passengers services along the line. Nothing remains of the bridge or station.

Former Railway Cutting at West Vale, Yorkshire.
This picture was taken at the approx. site of the bridge and station that operated as the Rochdale Road Halt.

After leaving the halt the line made a small climb before crossing the Grade II listed 13 arch West Vale Viaduct. Now accessible as a public footpath  / cycleway, the viaduct remains an impressive feat of civil engineering.

The Edge of West Vale Viaduct.

West Vale

Path along West Vale Viaduct. 

West Vale Viaduct.

West Vale Viaduct.

West Vale Station was next just after West Vale Viaduct, all that remains is a partially covered retaining wall at the station site on a small housing estate called Green Royd. The station opened on January 1st 1875 and closed along with the line in September 1959.

Former Site of West Vale Station on the Stainland Branch. 
The former site of West Vale Station.

Former Long Heys Railway Bridge on the Stainland Branch Line.
Former railway bridge at Long Heys, West Vale.

After passing through West Vale Station, the line the passed under Long Heys Bridge before crossing Rawroyds (Stainland) Viaduct. Rawroyds is a Grade II listed 14 arch viaduct that crossers the valley and Holywell Brook. The viaduct remains largely intact but is now inaccessible with only a couple of footpaths under it's archers. The embankment at the western end has been almost completely removed to allow an access road to Brookwoods Industrial Estate.

Rawroyds (Stainland) Viaduct. 

Rawroyds (Stainland) Viaduct.

Rawroyds (Stainland) Viaduct.

Rawroyds (Stainland) Viaduct, West Yorkshire.

 After crossing Rawroyds the line went up through a cutting and underneath Station Road Bridge before arriving at the final halt and terminus of the line which was Stainland and Holywell Green Station, nothing remains of this station as an industrial area has been built upon it. The cutting is now an access road that passes underneath Station Road Bridge.

Former Trackbed from Station Road Bridge

Station Road Bridge

There are a total of 57 pictures taken along the abandoned line. They feature in 2 albums, the first one of 45 viewable here and on Flickr. The remaining 12 can only be seen on Clickasnap via the link below.


Stainland Branch Lines
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The pictures were taken on the 23rd and 30th March 2014 using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera, another set of pictures were taken on the 15th October 2017 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Calder & Hebble Navigation. Lister Bridge to Salterhebble Railway Bridge.

This collection of pictures was taken over a 4 year period on the Calder & Hebble Navigation canal between Lister Bridge (8) over the canal and Salterhebble Railway Bridge (9). This is one of the shortest sections between bridges running to only 1 1/4 furlong (0.15Miles / 0.25 kms). Lister Bridge used to be the access for the nearby water treatment works but has long since closed off to traffic, now offering a small track with access from the A6026 Wakefield Road from the canal path. Salterhebble Railway Bridge carries the Calder Valley Line connecting Halifax with Brighouse.

There are a total of 15 pictures taken on this stretch of Canal. 10 available to view here or on Flickr with an additional 5 exclusive to Clickasnap via the links below the album.

Along the Calder & Hebble from Lister Bridge to Salterhebble Railway Bridge.

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Pictured in April 2017 taken from the top of Lister Bridge looking east along the canal.

Taken in April 2017 looking back along the curved canal bank westward towards Copley.

Looking west along the canal path towards Lister Bridge, taken in February 2014.

The bridge and canal, with Wakefield Road Bridge also visible in the distance of the picture. This was taken in April 2017.

Taken from underneath Salterhebble Railway Bridge, showing a narrowboat heading towards the me in June 2015. This colour picture is the only one that can also be viewed on Flickr and below in a black and white version.

Lister Bridge over the Calder & Hebble.

Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal.

Wakefield Road Bridge over the Calder & Hebble Navigation.

Narrowboat on the Calder & Hebble at Salterhebble.

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