Huddersfield Line

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Huddersfield Line
First TransPennine Class 185, 185150, Mossley railway station (geograph 4005256).jpg
Overview
Locale West Yorkshire
North West England
Yorkshire and the Humber
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Huddersfield Line
Cross Country Route to York /
North TransPennine to Hull
Leeds
Hallam Line / Pontefract Line
Leeds Central
Harrogate Line to Harrogate /
Airedale Line / Wharfedale Line
Caldervale Line
Cross Country Route/
East Coast Main Line
Farnley and Wortley
Leeds New Line
Cottingley
Morley
Morley Tunnel
Batley
Staincliffe &
Batley Carr
Dewsbury
to Bradford Exchange
Ravensthorpe
to Wakefield
to Bradford
Mirfield
Leeds New Line
Caldervale Line
Bradley
Kirkburton Branch
Deighton
Newtown Goods Yard
Huddersfield
Penistone Line
Longwood and
Milnsbridge
Golcar
Slaithwaite
Marsden
Standedge Tunnels
Diggle
Micklehurst Line
Saddleworth
Delph Donkey
Moorgate
Greenfield
Delph Donkey to Oldham
Mossley
Scout Tunnel
Micklehurst Line
Stalybridge
Glossop Line /
Hope Valley Line
Ashton under Lyne
Guide Bridge*
to Oldham
to Stockport
Fairfield*
Fallowfield Loop Line
Droylsden
Gorton*
Clayton Bridge
Hope Valley Line
Park
Ashburys*
Ardwick*
Caldervale Line
West Coast Main Line
/ Styal Line
Miles Platting
Manchester Piccadilly Manchester Metrolink
Manchester Victoria Manchester Metrolink
Liverpool Lime Street
* Not served by Huddersfield Line services

The Huddersfield Line is the name given to one of the busiest rail services on the West Yorkshire MetroTrain network in northern England. Local services are operated by Northern Rail with longer distance services operated by TransPennine Express. The line connects Leeds and Huddersfield with Manchester (Victoria & Piccadilly), Manchester Airport and Liverpool.

The route travels SSW from Leeds through Dewsbury. After a short westward stretch through Mirfield (where it runs on the ex-L&YR section), it continues SW through Huddersfield, using the River Colne valley to its headwaters. The long Standedge Tunnel just after Marsden crosses under the watershed and the majority of the run down to Manchester is in the Tame valley. After Manchester, the line reaches the Liverpool and Manchester Railway line over Chat Moss to Liverpool.

The Government announced on 29 November 2011 that this route will be electrified in the near future.[1]

History[edit]

At the time of the 1923 Grouping most of the route followed by the line was over London and North Western Railway (LNWR) metals, the exception being a short stretch around Mirfield which was the property of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR). The first section of the line, between Huddersfield and Stalybridge, was opened by the Manchester, Stockport and Leeds Railway on 1 August 1849. The line became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway after 1923.

Route details[edit]

Metro (West Yorkshire) pre-paid tickets and concessionary fares are available between Leeds and Marsden. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) fares are available for the Greenfield-Manchester section. Many of the intermediate places no longer have rail facilities.[citation needed] All stations that are still open are in bold.:

Leeds-Huddersfield[edit]

Huddersfield-Manchester[edit]

Westbound coal train between Ravensthorpe and Mirfield in 1953

Manchester to Liverpool[edit]

Tourism[edit]

Owing to a large number of easily accessed and nationally acclaimed pubs along the route (particularly on the station platforms themselves at Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Stalybridge), the route has also acquired the informal title of Rail Ale Trail and featured on the BBC's Oz and James Drink to Britain. Of particular interest are:

  • West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms (on the platform at Dewsbury Station, 2006 runner up CAMRA National Pub of the Year)
  • The Kings Head, formerly known as The Station Tavern, in the east wing of Huddersfield station
  • The Head of Steam in the west wing of Huddersfield Station
  • Sair Inn (with its own brewery, in Linthwaite, across the river from Slaithwaite station, 1997 National Pub of the Year)
  • Riverhead, Marsden (with the Riverhead Brewery in the basement, in the town a little down from the station and tunnels)
  • Station Buffet at Stalybridge (original Victorian Station Buffet with marble counter, on the platform at Stalybridge station)

Although there are many other worthy candidates close by to these and other stations on the line.

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