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  Wharfedale Line
Legend
Head station
Leeds
Unknown route-map component "eHST"
Kirkstall Forge (planned to open 2010/11)
Straight track Head station
Bradford Forster Square
Straight track Stop on track
Frizinghall
Straight track Stop on track
Shipley
Straight track Stop on track
Baildon
Track turning left Junction from right
Esholt Junction
Unknown route-map component "exCONTr" Unknown route-map component "eABZlg"
Disused and lifted line to Yeadon
Stop on track
Guiseley
Unknown route-map component "eABZrg" Unknown route-map component "exCONTl"
Disused and lifted line to High Royds hospital
Stop on track
Menston
Unknown route-map component "exCONTr" Unknown route-map component "eABZrd"
Disused & lifted lines to Otley
Stop on track
Burley-in-Wharfedale
Stop on track
Ben Rhydding
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Ilkley
Unknown route-map component "exCONTf"
Disused and lifted line to Addingham &c

The Wharfedale Line is the name given to one of the rail services in the West Yorkshire Metro area of northern England. The service connects Leeds and Bradford with Ilkley, and is operated by Northern Rail. West Yorkshire Metrocards are available for use on the line, covering Zones 3 - 5. The line is served by four-coach Class 333 electric multiple units.

The route

The line was originally owned by the Midland Railway from Leeds to Burley-in-Wharfedale. At this point the line became joint property, with the North Eastern Railway, and was known as the Otley & Ilkley Joint Railway (O&IJt). The two lines from Leeds and Bradford come together at Esholt Junction - the location of an 1892 crash - south of Guiseley

The route from Leeds leaves the main line near Calverley and continues along the Aire valley until climbing a hill to:

The first section of the route from Bradford Forster Square is also used by the Airedale and Leeds-Bradford Line (qv). The service to Ilkley branches north of Shipley railway station to:

  • Baildon railway station a reopened station
  • Esholt: station closed
  • Apperley Junction for the line from Leeds
  • and on to Guiseley, Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ben Rhydding, and Ilkley

The line was electrified throughout using 25kV AC Overhead between 1994 and 1995.

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