Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Smithy Bridge Railway Station

Smithy Bridge Railway Station is a 2 platform railway stop on the Caldervale Line between Leeds and Manchester in Northern England. The station is unstaffed and has limited facilities with small shelters on both platforms, information boards at the platform entrances, and ticket machines for collecting and purchasing tickets prior to travel. Both platforms are accessible via ramps rather than steps and there is a small car park between the station and Rochdale Canal, passengers are advised this is not the property of the station though. The platforms are both adjacent to the level crossing which carries Smithy Bridge Road that runs up to Hollingworth Lake. During 2017/18 the station was used by 167000 passengers or approx. 3211 per week.

Smithy Bridge Station was originally opened by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in October 1868, nearly 30 years after the line through Smithy Bridge was opened to Littleborough. This station remained in use until closure by British Rail in May 1960. There the story ends until finance was provided by Greater Manchester PTE and the new current station was opened on the 19th August 1985 on the site of the original station. Immediately to the east of the station is a level crossing which used to be controlled by a signal box on the opposite side of the road to the station. This was taken out of use in 2014 and has been demolished.

I took a total of 9 images on what was sadly a dull overcast day, they were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on the 27th December 2019. They can be seen here and on Flickr with selected ones available to view and download on Clickasnap.

Smithy Bridge Railway Station
Use the arrows to navigate the album of 9 pictures or click to view full size on Flickr. The pictures below are taken from the same album of images.

Smithy Bridge Railway Station

Train Exiting Smithy Bridge Station
Smithy Bridge Platforms End.

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