Caldervale Line

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Caldervale Line
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The Caldervale Line is a railway route in Northern England between the cities of Leeds and Manchester as well as the seaside resort of Blackpool.

The "Caldervale Line" name was given to the route by the West Yorkshire Metro transport authority, as the route is primarially within the West Yorkshire area. The route also extends into Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Passenger train services are operated by Northern Rail, destinations include the following:

This line, along with the Huddersfield Line and York & Selby Lines is normally merged in national timetables to create a coast to coast service.

Services within West Yorkshire are sponsored by West Yorkshire Metro, and West Yorkshire Metro tickets including Metrocards can be used up to Hebden Bridge between Leeds and Blackpool, and Walsden between Leeds and Manchester.


The route

General notes

Before the 1923 Grouping the first section of the line (Leeds - Bradford) was owned by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) ; a section of the route leading into Huddersfield by the London and North Western Railway (LNWR); and the entire remainder by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR), which had become linked with the LNWR.

For the section between Halifax and Burnley the line uses the valley of the River Calder, thus giving the services their name; it also follows the Rochdale Canal from Todmorden into Manchester. Since the route crosses the Pennines, there are many tunnels to negotiate en route.

The route description follows: for the initial section of the route: see article Leeds and Bradford Lines.

Bradford - Halifax

Many stations on this route have been closed all stops opened are in bold: original places served, and notes on the route:

    • Bowling was named Bowling Junction for its link with the GNR at this point
    • here is Bowling Tunnel 1648 yd (1483 m)
    • Low Moor also a junction with GNR. Station maybe reopening in the future.
    • here was a triangular junction for the L&YR line to Dewsbury
    • here are two tunnels: New Furnace Tunnel and Wyke Tunnel
    • Wyke & Norwood Green, West Yorkshire
    • here is junction for a line to Huddersfield: now closed, there was one station for Bailiff Bridge
    • Lightcliffe
    • here is Lightcliffe Tunnel
    • Hipperholme
    • here is Beacon Hill Tunnel 1105 yd (995 m)
    • Halifax
  • All the services on the Caldervale line serve Halifax.

Halifax - Huddersfield

This route was re-opened to passengers in 2000 when Brighouse station was re-opened, and a short length of line re-laid to enable trains to reach Huddersfield.

    • Dryclough Junction (where the Huddersfield route leaves the main line)
    • Brighouse
    • Deighton (on the Huddersfield line, Caldervale Line trains do not stop there)
    • Huddersfield

Halifax - Manchester Victoria

Many stations on this route have been closed (or are not served by the Caldervale Line trains): original stations served:

Summit Tunnel was the scene of a major fire in 1984, caused when a freight train hauling petrol tankers derailed.

Blackpool route

Trains continue up the Calder valley to Burnley and Blackburn; it also runs parallel with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Burnley. The section from Todmorden to Burnley was opened by the L&YR on 12 November 1849; the Blackburn to Preston section on 1 June 1846. Many stations on this route have been closed (or are not served by the Caldervale Line trains): original stations served and other notes on the route:

External links

Railway lines in Northern England:
Main lines:  Cross-Country Route   East Coast Main Line   Midland Main Line   West Coast Main Line
 Chester-Manchester Line    Hope Valley Line   Liverpool-Manchester Line    Manchester-Preston Line   Settle-Carlisle Railway
Commuter lines:  Airedale Line Blackburn-Bolton Line   Caldervale Line   Mid-Cheshire Line   Dearne Valley Line  
 East Lancashire Line   Glossop Line   Hallam Line   Harrogate Line   Huddersfield Line Kirkby Branch Line  
 Lancaster-Heysham Line   Leeds-Bradford Lines   Liverpool-Wigan Line    Manchester Airport Line  
 Manchester-Southport Line   Northern Line   Oldham Loop Line   Northallerton-Eaglescliffe Line  
 Ormskirk Branch Line   Pontefract Line   Sheffield-Hull Line   Sheffield-Lincoln Line   Stockport-Stalybridge Line  
 Wakefield Line   Wharfedale Line   Wirral Line   York & Selby Lines  York-Scarborough Line
Rural lines:  Barton Line   Borderlands Line   Buxton Line   Cumbrian Coast Line   Doncaster-Lincoln Line  
 Durham Coast Line   Esk Valley Line   Tees Valley Line   Furness Line   Hull-York Line   
 Oxenholme-Windermere Line   Penistone Line   Ribble Valley Line   Newcastle and Carlisle Railway  
 Yorkshire Coast Line

See also

Transpennine Express - A service that connects the West to the East

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