Station Name: BRADFORD ADOLPHUS STREET

 

[Source: Chris Armour]


Date opened: 1.8.1854
Location: At the junction of Adolphus Street & Dryden Street, just off Wakefield Road
Company on opening: Leeds, Bradford & Halifax Junction Railway (LB & HJR)
Date closed to passengers: 7.1.1867
Date closed completely: Early 1960's
Company on closing: Great Northern Railway
Present state: Demolished - the main station building was demolished in the 1970's to allow for the widening of Wakefield Road. The access ramp on Dryden Street still exists, together with a substantial part of the side wall, including a bricked up entrance.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE169325
Date of visit: 10.10.2005

Notes: In the heady mid-Victorian days of railway fever, Bradford had no less than three terminus stations operated by three different companies; Kirkgate station (later Market Street, then Forster Square), operated by the Leeds & Bradford Railway (LBR), Exchange station, operated by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (LYR) and Adolphus Street station, operated by the Leeds, Bradford & Halifax Junction Railway (LBHJR).

The terminus at Adolphus Street was well laid out and spacious, but was inconveniently placed. It was further out of the city centre than the other termini, and passengers had to endure a steep uphill climb to reach the station. In addition, trains had to reverse out of the station and reverse again to continue their journey to Halifax via Bowling junction. In 1859, the LHBJR sought permission to obtain running powers into the more conveniently situated Exchange station via a planned three quarters of a mile link with the line from Halifax at Mill Lane junction. Permission was granted, and by the time this extension was opened in 1867, the LBHJR had been in the ownership of the Great Northern Railway for two years. Adolphus Street station was then closed for passengers, but remained in use for substantial goods traffic until the early 1960's.

The station was largely demolished in the 1970's to facilitate the widening of Wakefield Road

To see the other stations on the Halifax - Bradford - Keighley lines click on the station name: Halifax St. Pauls, Pellon,
Halifax North Bridge, Ovenden, Holmfield, Queensbury, Clayton, Great Horton, Horton Park, Manchester Road, St. Dunstan's, Thornton, Denholme, Wilsden, Cullingworth & Ingrow East

 


Bradford Adolphus Street Station in the 1950's




The site of Bradford Adolphus Street Station in October 2005

Photo by Chris Armour

Bradford Adolphus Street Station in the 1950's

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[Source: Chris Armour]


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