Welcome to the Wharfedale line. On this site you will find details of things to look
out for when travelling along the line, a few facts about some of the places it passes
through, and also a little about the recent history of the line.
The site has been put together by Peter Denbigh. I travelled on it as a boy from
around 1950 and it includes a few of my early memories of those days, as well as
more recent times.
The line is perhaps one of the most striking examples of how wrong a large number
of the Beeching closures were. It survived total closure at this time by the skin
of its teeth largely through the hard work put in by the Ilkley Railway Group. It
is now one of the busiest in West Yorkshire following its electrification. Unfortunately
the User Group ceased to function in April 2014, largely because it was a victim
of its own success. My own personal view is that such a group is still needed to
monitor the services on the line and keep the operators on their toes. Any volunteers?