Station Name: THONGS BRIDGE

[Source: Alan Young]


Thongs Bridge Station Gallery 2:
October 1958 - February 2016


 On 17 October 1958 the view of Thongs Bridge station is looking north-east from Heys Road bridge. A train bound for Holmfirth is at the down platform. In the foreground the footbridge from the down platform leads directly into the booking hall (far left). Buildings are still in use on both platforms, the larger one having lost its awning. The station is well maintained, with a neat garden on the up platform and trimmed bushes seen beyond the shelter on the down platform
Photo by J C W Halliday


The down platform at Thongs Bridge station is seen from the footbridge in October 1958. The waiting shelter is in good condition, complete with its awning, and a tidy garden is seen beyond it. The station closed a little over a year later having recently gained a second class award in the BR(NE) station gardens competition.
Photo by J C W Halliday

 In October 1958 this view is looking north-east from the footbridge at Thongs Bridge station. One of the posters displayed on the main building has caught the attention of a photographer on the up platform. A tidy garden is seen beyond the building. The station closed a little over a year later having recently gained a second class award in the BR(NE) station gardens competition.
Photo by J C W Halliday

This photo of the up (north-west) platform of Thongs Bridge station was taken from a passing train in September 1964. The station had closed to passengers in 1959 but handled goods until May 1965. The photograph was most likely taken from the RCTS ‘West Riding Rail Tour’ that passed through the station on 6 September. The unkempt condition of the platform contrasts with the care lavished upon its appearance before the passenger services were withdrawn. The footbridge and signage
have been removed
Photo from T I A (Transport Image Archives)


Thongs Bridge station looking south-west c1971. The rails were removed in 1966, but ballast and some sleepers remain in place. The buildings on both platforms, the footbridge and the elevated booking hall have all gone.
Photo by John Mann


Thongs Bridge station looking north-east c1971 from beneath Heys Road towards Springwood Road bridge about five years after the rails were removed.
Photo by John Mann

Looking north-east from Heys Road bridge over the remains of Thongs Bridge station in spring 1984. The trackbed and platforms have been invaded by vegetation and some infilling has taken place in the foreground and on the former down platform.
Photo by Nick Catford

Looking north-east from the former up platform of Thongs Bridge station in spring 1984. The platforms are substantially intact but have been invaded by vegetation. A silver birch has confidently established itself on the trackbed. Some infilling with rock waste has taken place on the down platform.
Photo by Nick Catford


In January 2007 the site of Thongs Bridge passenger station in its cutting remains undeveloped and the former access to the station at the western end of Heys Road bridge parapet can be seen here. The short staircase to the site of the booking office, which stood a little lower than Heys Road but well above platform level, leads down from the gap ahead.
Photo by Andrew Stopford

Looking south-west from Heys Road bridge in January 2007. The former Thongs Bridge passenger station is behind the camera, and the houses and car park below stand on the site of the station’s goods yard.
Photo by Andrew Stopford


Looking north from Heys Road across the site of Thongs Bridge station in October 2014 as work begins on a new housing development. Springwood Road bridge is visible in the distance.
Photo by John Slater, reproduced from Geograph under creative commons licence


The site of Thongs Bridge station looking north-east from Heys Road bridge on 21 July 2015. The rock cutting is about to accommodate a development of 16 houses by Eastwood Homes, to be known as ‘The Bridges’.
Photo by Alan Young


The site of Thongs Bridge station looking south-west from Springwood Road bridge on 21 July 2015. The rock cutting is being prepared to receive a small housing estate.
Photo by Alan Young

Looking north-east at Heys Road bridge, Thongs Bridge in February 2016. Until the late 1950s the double-track Holmfirth branch would have been seen passing under the now blocked-up bridge, with Thongs Bridge station beyond. Sidings would have been in the foreground to the left and right of the branch railway. The stepped roofline of houses built during the last few months is visible above the bridge parapet. They are part of Eastwood Homes’ ‘The Bridges’ residential development which occupies the cutting in which the station was situated.
Photo by Alan Young



 

 

 

[Source: Alan Young]




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