Station Name: INGROW EAST

[Source: Chris Armour]
Date opened: 7.4.1884
Location: On the north side of Haincliffe Road east of the present Ingrow Station on the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway
Company on opening: Great Northern Railway
Date closed to passengers: 23.5.1955
Date closed completely: 28.6.1955
Company on closing: British Railways (North Eastern Region)
Present state: Demolished - a building supplies warehouse has been built on the site, but the overbridge and some of the station yard wall is still extant
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE058397
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. 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,
Halifax North Bridge, Ovenden, Holmfield, Queensbury, Clayton, Great Horton, Horton Park, Manchester Road, St. Dunstan's, Bradford Adolphus Street, Thornton, Denholme, Wilsden & Ingrow East

Ingrow East station in 1965

1919 1:2,500 OS map shows the layout if Ingrow (later East) station with a goods yard on the west side of the line comprising a substantial goods shed, cattle dock and a 5-ton capacity crane. The Midland station is seen to the west.

The station staff with stationmaster Frank Chadwick at Ingrow East in c.1948

Photo received from Margaret Skellern

The site of Ingrow East station in October 2005 seen from the same viewpoint as the picture above
Photo by Chris Armour




[Source: Chris Armour]

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