Marsden railway station
The view from the road bridge
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|Number of platforms||3|
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|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Key dates||Opened 1849|
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Marsden railway station serves the village of Marsden near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England. The station is on the Huddersfield Line, operated by Northern Rail and is about 7 miles (11 km) west of Huddersfield station. It was opened in 1849 by the LNWR and is the last station before the West Yorkshire boundary with Greater Manchester.
The station has three platforms which if not unusual enough, have each their own entrance and exit. Platforms 1 and 2 (which was once an island platform) are accessed by separate flights of stairs from the road over bridge which crosses the line to the west of the station. Platform 3 is accessed from the same road by a bridge across the nearby canal. Only platform 3 (which was built on the former Up Goods Loop in the mid-1980s) has step-free access to the street. Other than simple shelters on the platforms, there are no station buildings and the station is unmanned. The station did have two additional platforms up until the mid-1960s (the current platform 2 having an outer face, with the fourth side platform standing where platform 3 is now) when the line was quadruple all the way from Huddersfield to Diggle Junction, but these were decommissioned when the main line was reduced to two tracks in 1966. The station managed to avoid closure in the wake of the 1968 cutbacks that claimed many others on this section of route, but for some years acted as the terminus for local stopping trains from the Leeds direction (hence the provision of signalling that allows trains to start back east from platforms 2 & 3) and had no regular service towards Stalybridge and Manchester.
The station is situated about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to the east of the entrance to the Standedge rail and canal tunnels. The tunnel entrance, with its exhibition and boat trips, can easily be reached by walking along the towpath of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, which runs adjacent to the station. The station's former goods yard is now the headquarters of the National Trust's Marsden Moor Estate, and the goods shed contains a public exhibition, Welcome to Marsden, which gives an overview of the area and its transport history.
There was formerly another area of sidings situated to the south of the railway and canal, to the west of the station, which was originally built to accommodate the heavy traffic generated during the building of the reservoirs in the nearby Wessenden Valley. The steeply graded Huddersfield Corporation Waterworks Railway connected these sidings to the reservoir works. The area is now a heavily wooded country park, but an abutment of the long demolished bridge by which the waterworks railway crossed the River Colne can still be found amongst the vegetation.
From Monday to Saturday, Marsden is served by an hourly Northern Rail service from Wigan Wallgate or Southport to Huddersfield station, with a few extra services at peak times. There is also an hourly service in operation on Sundays. A number of services start or terminate here to/from Huddersfield or Leeds.
The more frequent TransPennine Express service, from Manchester Piccadilly station passes through Marsden without stopping. But these trains will stop at Greenfield and Marsden in the future as part of the Northern Hub project.
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Line open, station closed
|London and North Western Railway
Line and station open
Station showing proximity of canal and access to platform 3.
- Body, G. (1988), PSL Field Guides - Railways of the Eastern Region Volume 2, Patrick Stephens Ltd, Wellingborough, ISBN 1-85260-072-1, p111
- "Marsden Moor - What to see and do". National Trust. Archived from the original on 22 July 2006. Retrieved 24 December 2006.
- Botwell, Harold D (September 1979). Reservoir Railways of the Yorkshire Pennines. The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-242-0.
- Media related to Marsden railway station at Wikimedia Commons
- A walk between Marsden Station and Standedge Tunnel from TripsByTrain.com