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Queensbury Tunnel, West Yorkshire

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The Queensbury Tunnel is a disused railway tunnel that connected Holmfield, Halifax with Queensbury, Bradford. It stretchers for a length of 2287 metres through the hillside that the town sits upon and owned by the Department of Transport. there are currently plans to abandon and fill in the tunnel but a rival campaign is seeking a way to bring the tunnel back in to use as a cycle path. More can be found out on the following link,
www.queensburytunnel.org.uk

Work on the tunnel was started in 1874 with completion in July 1878 allowing for a railway connection between Queensbury and Holmfield, and further beyond to Bradford, Halifax and Keighley. Whilst goods trains started to use the line from October 1878 passenger services did not start until the following December due to concerns about the incompleteness of work. During the tunnels operational history it was found to have many defects in the arch and sidewalls caused by poor workmanship, subsidence and water ingress. Water has alway…

Donkey Bridge, Norland.

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Donkey Bridge crossers the Maple Dean Clough, Near Norland, West Yorkshire. It can be found by following North Dean Road up from Copley to the hairpin bend and then following the woodland path in the direction of Norland, or alternatively from Norland you follow Pickwood Lane towards the end and a small steep cobbled path down to the bridge is hidden away here. Normally in the summer this is quite overgrown, and in the winter gets very wet and icy. 
There has been a bridge crossing here for many years and the stream is the boundary between Greetland and Norland on the edge of North Dean Woods. There are photo's available on other sites that show a bridge before the woodland grew up around it.
These pictures were taken in March 2014 using a Polaroid iS2132 digital bridge camera and all 9 taken in the area of the bridge can be seen on Clickasnap or Flickr.
The following 3 links will take you to the pictures available on Clickasnap. They open in another window and can only be seen t…

Gas Works Bridge, Sowerby Bridge

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Gas Works Road Bridge crossers the River Calder near to the town of Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.
The original bridge was built in 1816 by Samuel Aydon and William Elwell and this is largely hidden from view by the widening that took place about 1850. The bridge was built for carriages and later cars but is now only accessible by pedestrians. I believe it was closed to traffic in the early 1980's due to a weakness in the structure but I have been unable to confirm this.


My Pictures were taken using a Polaroid iS2132 Bridge Camera or a Nikon d3300 SLR Camera. There are a total of 14 pictures that can be seen either on Flickr, here or exclusive to Clickasnap. They were taken in November 2014 and 15 as well as July 2017.
Use the arrows to navigate the album.
The following 3 links will take you to my Clickasnap account where you can view the 3 exclusive pictures to them. All links open in another window.
Photo 1 of Gas Works Bridge on Clickasnap. Is a black and white with a small sp…

Bronte Waterfalls, Nr Haworth.

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Bronte Waterfall is a small waterfall on Haworth Moor, West Yorkshire. It is linked with the Bronte sisters and not far from Top Withins the house that is thought to have inspired the Earnshaw House in Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. There is an old stone bridge that crossers the South Dean Beck here, the bridge was rebuilt in 1989 after the original one was swept away in flash flooding.
There are a total 15 pictures which I took in March 2014 using a Polaroid iS2132 digital bridge camera. !2 can be seen on Flickr and here with 3 exclusive to Clickasnap. Links will be posted below if you would like to view them.
Use the arrows to navigate or view full size on Flickr.
The following links open in another window and take you to the Clickasnap exclusive pictures.
Click here to view "Bronte Bridge" on Clickasnap
Click here to view "South Dean Beck" on Clickasnap
Click here to view "South Dean Beck and the Bronte Bridge" on Clickasnap.
Below are some more from…

Mirfield Railway Station.

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Mirfield Railway Station has served the town of Mirfield, West Yorkshire since 1845. The town received its first railway in 1840, when the Manchester and Leeds Railway opened the first section of its cross-Pennine main line between Normanton and Hebden Bridge (completing it through to Manchester on 1 March 1841). It did not actually get a station though until April 1845, when the company opened one shortly before submitting plans to Parliament to build a branch line from the town along the Spen Valley to Bradford via Cleckheaton. The current station is sited approx. 185m to the east of the original station and was opened in March 1866. Upon opening it's facilities included a roof over the island platform, a hotel, buffet and billiard room.
Today the station remains busy, despite the loss of the Spen Valley service to Bradford from 14 June 1965 and the links to Normanton and York on 5 January 1970 (the line via Brighouse also closed at the same time, but this reopened in 2000 for pe…

Hebden Old Bridge, Calderdale.

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Hebden Old Bridge also known as the Old Packhorse Bridge is a Grade II listed, 3 arch stone bridge that crossers Hebden Water in the market town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. The bridge was built circa 1510 to replace an earlier timber crossing a little further upstream. It is 7ft 6 in wide with passing places in the parapet.


There are a total of 13 pictures to view. They were taken in November 2013 using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet or December 2015 using a Polaroid iS2132 Bridge Camera.
The Flickr album features 10 of the pictures, which can be navigated using the arrows or seen full size on Flickr. Selected ones can also be viewed below. There are an additional 3 pictures that can only be seen on Clickasnap via the links below.
Click here to view "Cobbles at Hebden Bridge" on Clickasnap
Click here to view "Hebden Old Bridge and Hebden Water" on Clickasnap
Click here to view "Hebden Old Bridge" on Clickasnap.
Each view of over 10 seconds helps support my ph…

Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Standedge Tunnel.

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The Standedge Tunnel is a set of 4 tunnels that run through the Pennines between Standedge (Marsden), West Yorkshire and Diggle, Greater Manchester. £ tunnels were built as railway tunnels and the other is a canal tunnel for the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
The canal tunnel is the oldest having started construction in 1795 and opening in 1811. Upon completion it was the longest and highest canal tunnel in the U.K and remains so today. The canal closed in 1944 and the canal fell in to disrepair with the last boat passing through the tunnel in 1961 to celebrate the tunnels 150 anniversary. The tunnel was re opened in 2001 along with the canal. Boats through the tunnel are allowed in 1 direction only depending on the time of day as it is barely wide enough for 1 boat to fit. Journey times take about 2 hours to pass through the tunnel as the length is approx. 3.1 miles.
The 3 railway tunnels were constructed in 1848, 1871 and the final one in 1894. They are all approx. 3 miles in length wi…

Todmorden Railway Station.

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Todmorden Railway Station is a 2 platform station originally built by the Manchester and Leeds Railway alongside the Lancashire - Yorkshire border, but now firmly part of West Yorkshire.
The station opened in March 1841 as the main line connecting Normanton with Manchester opened through the Summit Tunnel. In 1849 services increased as the station became a junction when a branch line was built through the Cliviger gorge to Burnley known as the Copy Pit Line. Trains had to reverse out of Todmorden for Burnley and the station was bypassed altogether when in 1862 this line had a connection allowing trains to go direct from Hebden Bridge to Burnley without stopping. A 2nd station for Todmorden was built at the junction for the 2 lines called Stansfield Hall which became the stopping point for trains connecting Hebden Bridge and Burnley. It opened in 1869, the last train stopped in 1944, and closed to all traffic in August 1949.
In 1965 the Todmorden Curve was closed and by 1972 had been …

Carter Bar. Crossing from England into Scotland.

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Carter Bar is the point where the A68 road crossers the border from England in to Scotland. It is 45 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne and 58 miles south of Edinburgh. The border features a popular stopping off point with marker stones for England and Scotland where there are outstanding views of the landscapes of Northumberland and Roxburghshire.
I was passing through into Scotland early morning in February 2014 when I took these 8 pictures using a Polaroid iS2132 bridge camera.
3 of the pictures can also be seen on Clickasnap. Click here to see my Clickasnap profile. Every view of 10 seconds or more helps support my photography as I receive a small contributors fee from them.

The following 2 pictures are an example of the pictures on Flickr and Clickasnap available to view.

The following is a short video of mine taken whilst crossing over Carter Bar on another occasion.

You can follow my photography by the links to the left or the ones below,
Click here to see my full Clickasnap pro…

The Summit Tunnel and Hills Above.

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The  Summit Tunnel is a 1.6 mile long railway tunnel through the Pennines in Northern England. Connecting the town of Littleborough, Greater Manchester with the large village of Walsden, West Yorkshire.
Construction started on the tunnel in 1837 with George Stephenson in charge of the project and opened in 1841 providing a much needed rail link between the major northern cities of Leeds and Manchester. The cost was said to be approx. £285000 which was nearly £200000 over the original budget of £97000. On completion the tunnel was the longest in the world for about 4 weeks until Box Tunnel between Chippenham and Bath opened. Around a thousand men worked on the project with 9 killed during the construction and 23,000,000 bricks 8,000 tons of concrete were used during the build. Stephenson considered it his greatest piece of railway engineering.
The tunnel has pretty much remained in constant use since opening with the exception of an 8 month period in 1985. On December 20th 1984 a good…