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.
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.
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