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Aire Valley Railway



Hi again.

Posting the last two box drawings. Keighley Station Jcn and Keighley North. Starting with Station Jcn. It had a 25 lever frame, all working, no spares. I guess the jumble of points in the center will be the first thing to catch the eye. The junction from the up main to the down branch (Oxenhope) is straight forward.. On the up branch the main route was onto the down main. .None passenger trains could also be routed into the down sidings. The sidings to the right of No 24 ground signals were the carriage sidings and moves could be routed to the down main or the down sidings. From the down sidings trains could be routed onto the up main, the down branch or the carriage sidings. The up siding, top left ran right through to Keighley North as indeed did the down sidings. The Vehicle on line switches were safety devices to protect vehicles left in either of the main platform lines during shunting operations. ;There was another box at the other end of the main line platforms, Keighley South which controlled the Bay Platform . This platform was not numbered and was just referred to as the Bay Platform.. It also acted as a head shunt for a siding to a foundry. .When the Up Morecambe Leeds/Bradford train split here an engine which had arrived from Bradford and was stabled in the Bay platform picked up the Bradford portion. As well as the Worth Valley trains on the branch the GN also ran into Keighley from Bradford and Halifax via the Queensbury Triangle. The only trains I can remember that were booked off the branch was a Summer Saturday only working to and from Morecambe. .Keighley West box was at the other end of the Branch platforms. .Further beyond that was GN Jcn box which controlled the junction to Oxenhope or Queensbury and also into the GN goods yard which was separate from the Midland yard. On to the North box. It had a 30 lever frame including three spares. The intermediate Home signals on the up and down main at Utley were along with a similar set between Hellifield South and Gargrave unique, as the four boxes were issued with a specially printed Absolute Block Regulation book governing the working of these signals as they were not normal ;intermediate block signals. The sidings beyond No 13 signal led to the engine shed which was a sub shed of Manningham. The locos shedded there were the branch passenger loco which was fitted for push pull working. A class 3 goods loco for trip working and a " jinty" as yard shunter.. As well as a quite a large goods yard on the downside ( Now Sainsbury's), there were quite a few individual works on the up and down sidings extending on the north side of the box. The GN yard served the Co-op works where among other items produced were wringing machines. Things with rollers to squeeze water out of clothes.. So many were dispatched that the GN evening goods was nicknamed the The Wringer.

Well I think that's it for now. Sorry for the quality of the drawings throughout this little series.. Cheers for now. Derek.




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