Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Skipton Station

This page contains photographs from the area around Skipton Station. Although the railway does not yet run into Skipton Station, the Skipton to Ilkley line used platforms 5 and 6 at Skipton, which are still in existence today. Hopefully we will be able to run into Skipton in the near future, and these photos show platforms 5 and 6.

For photographs of our running line, please see one of the other sections within the Photogallery Index. If you have any photographs of the line (especially before closure) and would be prepared for us to display them on the website, please e-mail me.

(c) YDRMT collection Skipton Station with the Ilkley platforms on the right of the picture, devoid of canopies, and with an early DMU waiting in platform 6, presumably having arrived from Embsay.
(c) YDRMT collection.
(C) Charles Boylan This photograph of Skipton Station (platforms 5 & 6) shows work underway to clear the platform of vegetation in preparation for a DMU special that was run in July 1982 to Embsay from platform 5 (this was before Embsay Junction was removed). It is also interesting to note the presence of Midland Railway lamp posts on both platforms - now removed.
(c) Charles Boylan.
(C) Robert Milner A more recent view of Skipton (prior to electrification) shows the track passing through platform 5 on its way to Swinden Limeworks (beyond Embsay junction on the old Grassington branch). This shot shows the station before resignalling, and doesn't show platforms 1 - 3, which had their canopies repaired shortly beforehand.
(c) Robert Milner.
(c) John Furness When electrification and re-signalling took place, the Railway managed to acquire a considerable amount of equipment from Skipton, including the ex-MR water column, seen here being removed from the Settle end of platform 3. It is now fully restored and supplies the water at Bolton Abbey.
(c) John Furness.
(c) Rob Milner During 2003, Class 37s were started to be used on certain passenger workings. Seen here in platform 3 at Skipton the train is bound for Carlisle. The Embsay platforms were 5 & 6, to the right of the photo, behind the (just visible) retaining wall.
(c) Rob Milner.
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