Hall Royd Junction Box nameboard as preserved at the East Lancashire Raiway, Bury

Hebden Bridge: the prototype

Hebden Bridge always seemed to be the station everyone wanted to photograph or care for! If there is a 'pet' station on the line, this is it. It has retained many original features, including canopies, and wooden signs with cast iron letters screwed to them. The large goods shed which stood on the northern side of the line in the Manchester direction has been demolished and is now the station car park.

The signal box is of particular interest as it is one of the last Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway signal boxes still in active service, acting as a fringe box between two power box areas.

The station buildings at Hebden Bridge, showing the signal box and the two platforms, looking towards Manchester from the Leeds end of the station.

Copyright: J K Wallace, all rights reserved 2013

Hebden Bridge has benefited from some thoughtful restoration, with a bus turning circle in front of the station giving an uncluttered air to the forecourt.

Fir railway modellers, there are two less conventional views of the exterior of the main building, taken from the eastern corner of the buildings looking westward, the second photo showing how the ground falls away, and the end of the building is supported on a retaining wall.

Exterior of the main station building at Hebden Bridge railway station: 19 April 2013
Exterior of Hebden Bridge railway station looking in the Manchester direction
Hebden Bridge railway station booking office interior shot looking towards the platform on 19 April 2013
Interior of the booking hall at Hebden Bridge railway station looking towards the forecourt on 19 April 2013
Hebden Bridge railway station signal box on 19 April 2013
Class 158, number 158 844 departs in the Leeds direction in the afternoon of 19 April 2013 from Hebden Bridge railway station
Pacer 142 054 departs from Hebden Bridge railway station in the Leeds direction on 19 April 2013
Unit 144 023 sets off for Todmorden and Manchester from Hebden Bridge railway station on 19 April 2013

Top Left: 158 844 departs from Platform 1 at Hebden Bridge on the afternoon of 19 April 2013

Bottom Left: Pacer 142 054 departs from Hebden Bridge in the Leeds direction mid-day of 19 April 2013

Top Right: Hebden Bridge signal box. The bottom lights are plastic replacements, but in keeping.

Bottom Right: Three-car Unit 144 023 stands at Platform 2 ready to depart for Todmorden