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. The line was extended to Keighley in 1884. 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.
Ingrow was, and is a busy suburb of Keighley, and was served
by two unconnected stations literally yards from each other.
Ingrow West served the Midland Railway's line to Oxenhope, which
is now preserved on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
The lesser known Ingrow East Station was on an embankment about
40 ft higher up and served the line from Keighley to Queensbury.
Shortly after Ingrow East, the line joined the Worth Valley
tracks for the last mile into Keighley station.
When goods services ceased in 1965, this made the task of reopening
the preserved Worth Valley line that much easier as British
Railways would no longer need part of the route for goods access
to the Queensbury line.
The station was originally called Ingrow and was renamed Ingrow
East on 2.3.1951
Route map drawn by Alan Young. Tickets from Michael Stewart
To see the other
stations on the Halifax - Bradford - Keighley lines click on
the station name: Halifax
St. Pauls, Pellon,
Road, St. Dunstan's,
Adolphus Street, Thornton,
& Ingrow East