The Leeds–Morecambe line, also known as the Bentham line, is a railway line running between Leeds, Skipton, Hellifield, via Lancaster on the WCML then on to Morecambe.
This line takes passenger and some fright traffic to Leeds, Lancaster & Morecambe crossing three rivers including the Lune at Lancaster. Lancaster Station will not appear on this page. Other stations are yet to be constructed in to the page.
Leeds has had many railways stations over the time. The first in 1834 when the Leeds and Selby Railway which became part of the North Eastern Railway opened the line. This current one was rebuild and re branded from 1999 - 2002.
Hellifield station is placed in the North of Yorkshire. This station is 36 miles north-west of Leeds on the Leeds to Morecambe Line towards Carlisle.
The first Hellifield railway station was opened by the "Little" North Western Railway in 1849.
The current larger replacement was built by the Midland Railway to the designs of architect Charles Trubshaw and opened on 1 June 1880
Opened by the London and North Western Railway in 1864. The old station building is now in private hands. It was auctioned to the public, and was featured on the BBC programme Homes Under the Hammer, a TV show about buildings which are auctioned to the public and redeveloped.
The crossing frame recently had the signal box demolished and now controlled by the main signal 'Power Box' at Preston Station.
Opened in 1851-1907 by the Midland Railway then owed by North Western Railway until British Railways.
The original station was further toward the promenade at Northumberland Street now a Pub. The current station was built in 1994.
Here the line spurs off to the South for the Heysham Line.
Heysham Port Station
Built in 1904 by the Midland Railway it once had an extensive goods yard controlled by two signal boxes and a grand station for the boats to Ireland and Isle of Man.
The station had three platforms and you'd see livestock and all manner of goods waiting for the railways. Since the 1980's all freight now goes by road.
Currently one passenger service a day on average works out of here.