Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway


This page contains photographs from the area around Skibeden Loop / Siding. Where possible, the photographs are displayed in chronological order, earliest first. To view the photographs in full size, click on the required photo.

(C) Charles Boylan Ruston 887 is seen here in Skibeden Loop with a ballast hopper engaged in the ballasting of the loop in May 1982.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan Hard work by the P-Way department as they attempt to slew the track into a better alignment on the Skibeden Extension, just to the Embsay side of the loop. Embsay is to the left, with Skibeden to the right in this picture taken in 1983.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan On the 5th of April, 1983, Monckton No. 1 is seen running round its train at Skibeden. Hopefully this austerity locomotive will be able to rejoin the railways operating fleet in 2001 as it is currently being overhauled at Embsay as the main project.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan Unfortunately this photograph has not scanned very well, but it has been included as it shows Darfield No. 1 operating the railway's 'Schools week' services in late June, 1983. It is seen here approaching Skibeden with a Gresley Open carriage and three blue/grey Mk 1s.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan 69 and No.22 are seen about to double head a train from Skibeden Loop back to Embsay in September 1984, as part of the 'Harvest of Steam' event. Note the blue/grey Mk. 1.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan 22 is seen here leaving Skibeden with a mixed train for Embsay during the same event. The mixed traind were popular, but with most of the fitted vehicles not being accessible for running such a train, it is unlikely to be repeated for a few years yet.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan Another picture of the mixed train, clearly showing the make up of the train: SR brake van (in grey / black livery), BP tank wagon, ex-Southern PMV in BR blue (now repainted in Southern green), ex-Southern BY in grey (now being refurbished and turned out in dark Southern green) and finally a blue/grey Mk 1 coach - now in BR maroon.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan Primrose and Darfield are seen here in the loop on their train, ready to head back to Embsay. The reason for doubleheading was that it was the Harvest of Steam, and the idea was to have as many locos in steam as possible.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan Skibeden was never seen as the 'end of the line' and so when the chance arose, work was started on the extension towards Holywell Halt. Here the sleepers are laid out ready to receive the rails from the end of the headshunt for the loop (in the distance) to Skibeden Footbridge (from where the photo is taken).
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan Visiting locomotives steal the show here as Bellerophon is seen entering the loop ready to run round and propell the carriages to Holywell Halt. The need for this operation arose as there was not space at Holywell to construct a run-round loop.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Charles Boylan Joem is the visiting locomotive seen here running around. The reason for having two visiting locomotives at the same time in 1988 was to celebrate the railway's centenary, and also as we had very few of our own locos serviceable.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Pete Walker The Class 107 DMU is seen from Skibeden footbridge having left Embsay on its way to Bolton Abbey station. Just around the bend lies the site of Holywell Halt. See our timetable for details of the DMU services.
(c) Pete Walker.
(C) John Furness The steam crane is employed to lift rails at Skibeden during a snowy spell. This photo was taken from the top of the signalpost...
(c) John Furness.
(C) Simon Gott Whiston is seen here - another visiting loco, in 2000, having just passed Skibeden Loop as was. With the railway's expansion in length, Skibeden was no longer needed, and has had one set of points removed and is being used as a siding. At some stage the track will be removed an relaid at Bolton Abbey to form the loco run-round.
(c) Simon Gott.
(C) Wendy Anderson collection Whiston is seen here again, just passing under Skibeden Footbridge with a mixed goods trin during the Vintage Weekend in June 2000. The day saw a lot of train movements, including...
(c) Wendy Anderson collection.
(C) Wendy Anderson collection ...a triple header for operational purposes. This happened right at the start of the day to make sure everything got to where it was supposed to before the service started in earnest. The locos are: Annie, 68005 and Whiston with the mixed goods train. The signal post to the left of the picture was the one that allowed trains to proceed to Embsay when the line just ran to Holywell.
(c) Wendy Anderson collection.
(C) William Lister The nature of the flood damage is being inspected here by Davids Hutchinson (left, head of P-Way) and Barlow (right, chairman). The ballast has been washed out from under the sleepers and some of the sleepers have been damaged.
(c) William Lister.
(C) William Lister The repairs are underway here as the dead sleeper is drawn out from under the track, ready for replacement. No. 36 (ex-MDHB diesel) is seen at the head of the train with the cherry picker mounted on a flat wagon.
(c) William Lister.
(C) William Lister Repairs are being made to the flood damage which occurred in November 2000, which saw the stream overflow and wash out some of the ballast (from the first picture of three). Volunteers from all departments are seen here making good the damage so that trains could operate th following weekend. Diesel No. 36 was used to haul the ballast hoppers, and is seen to the extreme right of the photo. The weather still looks threatening, despite the sunshine.
(c) William Lister.
(C) Tim Warner This is one of the only photos that survived from the developing of my black and white film from the Vintage Weekend... It was taken from the back lane showing the visiting Pug hauling the vintage train as it approaches Skibden siding from under the footbridge. The footpaths were closed with the Foot & Mouth crisis, so the back road was the only place to view the trains from.
(c) Tim Warner.
(C) Tim Warner The colour film fared a little better as these two pictures (of the same train at the same time) demonstrate. Behind the Pug can be seen the former signal which showed trains from Holywell that the loop was set to run through towards Embsay.
(c) Tim Warner.
(C) Tim Warner With the quarry in the background, the Pug has passed over Skibeden Summit and will now coast down to Embsay. This was the highest point on the old Skipton - Ilkley line.
(c) Tim Warner.
(C) Tom Ireland Monckton passes Skibeden with a passenger train from Embsay. The signal post remains from its days as a run-round loop in the (then) middle of the line, and would show thta the line was set for trains to run through to Embsay from Holywell Halt.
(c) Tom Ireland.
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