Laisterdyke railway station

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Laisterdyke
Laisterdyke-station-by-Betty-Longbottom.jpg
Former location of Laisterdyke railway station, looking east from Laisterdyke overbridge.
Location
PlaceBradford
AreaCity of Bradford
Coordinates53°47′29″N 1°42′59″W / 53.7914°N 1.7165°W / 53.7914; -1.7165Coordinates: 53°47′29″N 1°42′59″W / 53.7914°N 1.7165°W / 53.7914; -1.7165
Grid referenceSE187328
Operations
Pre-groupingGreat Northern Railway
Platforms4
History
1 August 1854opened
4 July 1966closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Laisterdyke railway station is a closed station in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.[1]

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 August 1854[2] on the Leeds, Bradford and Halifax Junction Railway's Leeds to Bradford Adolphus Street line. Three years later, a second route from the station to Ardsley via Dudley Hill and Morley (Top) was opened by the same company, making the station a junction of some importance. Further construction by the ambitious Great Northern led to the addition of branches to Wakefield via Adwalton and Batley in 1864, Shipley in 1875 and Pudsey (Greenside) in 1893.[3] The facilities provided here were consequently quite generous, with four platforms, two signal boxes and a sizeable goods yard.[4] The branch to Shipley was an early casualty of road competition, losing its passenger service in February 1931. The other routes survived to be taken into British Railways ownership upon nationalisation in 1948. Both, however, succumbed to the Beeching Axe in the mid-1960s, with services on the Pudsey Loop and to Wakefield via Batley services ending in 1964, and those via Ardsley to Wakefield Westgate following suit two years later.

Former station house

The station was closed to passengers on 4 July 1966, on the same day as the line to Ardsley.[5] The platforms were subsequently demolished.[6] Only the station house remains on the top of the cutting south of the tracks, and a siding serves a scrap yard west of the former passenger station.[7]

Route[edit]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Bradford Adolphus Street or
St Dunstans or
Manchester Road or
Bowling
  Great Northern Railway  
Dudley Hill or
Pudsey Greenside
St Dunstans   Great Northern Railway
Shipley and Windhill Line
  Eccleshill

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bairstow, Martin (1987). The Manchester and Leeds Railway: The Calder Valley Line. Halifax: Martin Bairstow. p. 28. ISBN 1-871944-22-8.
  2. ^ "Bradford Timeline - History of Bradford, Yorkshire, 1850-1899". Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  3. ^ GNR BRADFORD (LAISTERDYKE EAST JN) - SHIPLEY (6 miles) Railway Ramblers Gazetteer of Disused Railways in West Yorkshire; Retrieved 21 January 2016
  4. ^ Laisterdyke station in 1954Telegraph & Argus; Retrieved 21 January 2016
  5. ^ "Closure Dates Of West Yorkshire Railway Passenger Stations". Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  6. ^ Laisterdyke Railway station site (Yorkshire) Thompson, Nigel; Geograph.org; Retrieved 21 January 2016
  7. ^ Martin Latus. "Bowling to Laisterdyke. A Bradford railway history". Retrieved 4 July 2017.

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