Notes: The line from Halifax to Queensbury was
opened by the Halifax & Ovenden Joint Railway 1874 and 1878.
The line was extended to Keighley in 1884. Once out of Halifax,
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.
Holmfield station was built with extensive good facilities
to serve the nearby woollen mills. It was also the point at
which trains reversed on to the Halifax High Level branch and
was used by passengers from this line as an interchange for
journeys on to Keighley.
After passenger services ceased in 1955, the station was kept
open for goods traffic using the High Level line, but once this
ceased in 1960, Holmfield station was closed and the track was
To see the other stations on
the Halifax - Bradford - Keighley lines click on the station
name: Halifax St.
Horton Park, Manchester
Road, St. Dunstan's,
Adolphus Street, Thornton,
& Ingrow East