Yorkshire and the Humber
|Rolling stock||British Rail Class 333|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Wharfedale Line is the name given to one of the rail services in the West Yorkshire Metro area of northern England. The service connects Ilkley with Leeds and Bradford, and is operated by Northern Rail. West Yorkshire Metrocards are available for use on the line, covering Zones 3 - 5. The line is served predominantly by four-coach Class 333 electric multiple units.
The route 
The line was originally owned by the Midland Railway from Leeds to Burley-in-Wharfedale. At this point the line became joint property, with the North Eastern Railway, and was known as the Otley & Ilkley Joint Railway (O&IJt). The two lines from Leeds and Bradford come together at Esholt Junction - the location of an 1892 crash - south of Guiseley.
- Guiseley railway station
- Menston railway station
- Burley-in-Wharfedale railway station
- Ben Rhydding railway station
- Ilkley railway station
A new station, Kirkstall Forge, is planned on the Aire Valley section of the route between Leeds and Guiseley. Plans also exist to reinstate the O&IJt branch line to Otley from Milner Wood Junction, between Menston and Burley.
- Baildon railway station a reopened station
- Esholt: station closed
- Apperley Junction for the line from Leeds
- and on to Guiseley, Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ben Rhydding, and Ilkley
The line was electrified throughout using 25kV AC Overhead between 1994 and 1995.
The now-closed and lifted Midland line continued west of Ilkley via Addingham, Bolton Abbey and Embsay to Skipton. The section from Embsay to Bolton Abbey has been reopened by enthusiasts who operates steam locomotives as the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
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