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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway 3/7

The main station on the railway is at Embsay and as you can see there is a fine old Midland style signalbox in the yard next to a short rake of very old coaching stock, and an early diesel shunter locomotive in the foreground. There are also some very fine old buildings at this station, more of those on Saturday, dating back to when this line was part of the Midland Railway route through Ilkley to Skipton.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway 3/7

The main station on the railway is at Embsay and as you can see there is a fine old Midland style signalbox in the yard next to a short rake of very old coaching stock, and an early diesel shunter locomotive in the foreground. There are also some very fine old buildings at this station, more of those on Saturday, dating back to when this line was part of the Midland Railway route through Ilkley to Skipton.

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Feb 2014, 00:56
Excellent composition here, Brian.

And...not a modern watch in sight!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray and indeed not! The alternative version of the watch shot is here on Saturday.
Well I, I like the building...
Brian Walbey: Frank would explain to you all about this pattern of signal boxes Elizabeth, a surefire way of sending you to sleep smile
Great image brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Shane.
There is a lot to see in this frame Brian...
i love these old railway yards....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Yes they had a lot of interesting items standing about, it wasn't that easy to get near to photograph most of them.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 5 Feb 2014, 06:29
You must have been in your element, Brian
Brian Walbey: It would have been nice to have been able to get nearer some of the items there, this was about the best one could do.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Feb 2014, 06:31
I don't recognise any of the rolling stock but we had fine Midland boxes like this one all the way down to Bath & Bristol in the good old days..
Brian Walbey: That particular rolling stock must be Victorian or Edwardian I would think Chris. It's good to see these old Midland boxes still about, the one at Oakham, Rutland is Grade 2 listed and was the prototype for the Airfix kit.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Feb 2014, 07:29
The "open-air museums" are such a delight to see through your eyes, Brian. I'd be quite giddy myself. smile
Brian Walbey: Yes there was a lot of interesting stuff standing about but access to it was more or less limited to this point of view.
this takes you right back in time
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chantal, those carriages are very old indeed.
Some interesting old coaches. Were they wooden Brian?
Brian Walbey: Yes they are wooden coaches Bill, and I believe date from Victorian and Edwardian times according to their website.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 5 Feb 2014, 10:27
I like the building
Brian Walbey: Yes this style of signal box was distributed across a lot of the network and a few still remain, nuch to the delight of many enthusiasts.
Nice shot...
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much.
It takes you back in time, Brian, to a much gentler age.
Brian Walbey: It certainly does Pauline.
Classic Brian... guess we need this running... with London underground staff on strike!
Brian Walbey: Yes I've seen some pictures on the news sites of people trying to get to work, I worked in London myself for about 12 years until 1977 so experienced similar problems myself from time to time.
Lovely shot Brian, the signal box really caught my eye smile
Brian Walbey: Yes there aren't many of these signal boxes still left Martin.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Feb 2014, 13:25
I like also the old "Bahnwärterhäuschen" with the staircase. The hearts of all the railway fans like you might be jumping up.
Brian Walbey: I guess that long German word refers to the signal box as we call them Philine, there are not many of these left now, indeed some that are have been designated protected buildings.
Ah,I have had many good brews in boxes like that,Brian,usually a good fire going too,I just noticed your reply to Elizabeth,I'll stop now. smile
Brian Walbey: I used to go in the box when I was a lad at Royston (Herts.), my Dad worked there on the lorries, and always enjoyed my time in there. I also got to ride in the engine when it arrived to shunt the yard at times, dependant on who was driving that day, great times for a young lad growing up.
You managed to get a lot into this one capture, Brian. That old engine on the left really catches the eye.

I was watching one of the episodes of Four In A Bed the other day and was wondering if you had ever photographed anywhere near Dent Station. There is a B&B at that location and the program showed one of the couple contestants arriving by way of a steam locomotive.
Brian Walbey: Yes there was a lot to look at but this was the nearest one could get. I have watched Four In A Bed from time to time but didn't see the one at Dent. That station is on the most famous, and picturesque, length of railway line in the country, the Settle and Carlisle, and Dent is probably the most famous station along it, I have travelled that line three times now just for the pleasure of it, although it is a long way away from where Maureen and I live. Lots of steam hauled excursions run over that route so that is probably what the contestants travelled on. I also knew about the B.& B., I would love to stay there. Sorry if this is a bit of a long reply, if you Google Settle and Carlisle Railway you will find loads of images showing the lovely countryside it runs through.
Superb composition with many things to look at Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, sadly this is about the only decent view one could get of all this old equipment.
Nothing seems out of place. Simpler better times perhaps?
Brian Walbey: Yes the whole railway was very tidy John.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 5 Feb 2014, 21:12
I remember those diesel tugs working in the early 60's
Brian Walbey: So do I Richard, this one is quite old.
It's seems that signal boxes always had a steep set of stairs!
Brian Walbey: Most of them did Tom, I guess they needed to be able to see along the line in both directions.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Feb 2014, 08:03
That signal box reminds me of the Airfix kit from my youth. The coaches look good. The shunter is not so good but its important; instantly on!
Brian Walbey: yes the diesel is pretty old I would think and the coaches are late 1800's I think. The signal box is a Midland one, very similar to the Grade 2 listed one at Oakham (Rutland) which itself was the pattern for the Airfix kit. http://i485.photobucket.com/albums/rr215/Wedgy/Photos/009OakhamCrossingSignalboxGrade2Lis.jpg

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