Station Name: CLAYTON


[Source: Chris Armour]

Date opened: 14.10.1878
Location: Off Pasture Lane, opposite Thornton View Road
Company on opening: Great Northern Railway
Date closed to passengers: 23.5.1955
Date closed completely: 10.4.1961
Company on closing: British Railways (North Eastern Region)
Present state: Demolished - no trace remains. A housing estate now stands on the site.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE123316
Date of visit: October 2005

Notes: The line from Bradford to Thornton via Queensbury was opened as a joint venture between the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and the Great Northern Railway between 1876 and 1878. Once out of Bradford, the line was mostly rural and necessitated the construction of many earthworks, viaducts and tunnels. Its hilly nature earned it the nicknames of 'the Alpine route' or 'the switchback' from its loyal drivers.

Clayton station had an island platform, typical of Great Northern construction. It had a small but busy goods yard and during the heyday of the line was used for separating the Bradford, Keighley & Halifax portions of goods trains.

Goods services ceased in 1961, but the line through Clayton remained in use until 28/06/65 for trains serving the goods yard at Thornton.

The only possible remains of the station today is a short length of wall beside a path leading to the site of the station (see photo).

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, Great Horton, Horton Park, Manchester Road, St. Dunstan's, Bradford Adolphus Street, Thornton, Denholme, Wilsden, Cullingworth & Ingrow East


Clayton Station in 1945
Photo received from S.H.Downey

The site of Clayton Station in October 2005
Photo by Chris Armour

The path leading to Clayton Station in October 2005

Photo by Chris Armour




[Source: Chris Armour]

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