West Riding Junction (ex Oakenshaw Junction) MR

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Blade Fisher

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Does anyone have access to either a track plan or signalling plan or any photos of/at this site?

It is interesting insomuch as the MR seemed to go from down and up pax lines + down and up goods lines to down goods + down pax and up pax + up goods.

The SB was originally on the west side but later a replacement was built on the east side probably about the time of the four track extension in April 1928.

The OS maps and MR sketch diagrams in Gough MR Chronology seem to differ even allowing for the additional lines. A trawl for photos on the web drew a blank.

To complicate matters there is more than one West Riding Junction, but it is the MR one I am referring to.
 
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Have you got an OS map reference for this location.

Historical maps on the National Library of Scotland website should then be a useful initial resource.
 

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Was this the junction north of Sandal and Walton station between the MR and the West Riding and Grimsby Joint line?
 

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Was this the junction north of Sandal and Walton station between the MR and the West Riding and Grimsby Joint line?
Yes, originally called Oakenshaw but later changed to West Riding. The next junction north was Oakenshaw South (towards Kirkgate) then Oakenshaw North towards Pontefract.

For maps I use old maps uk.
 

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Yes, originally called Oakenshaw but later changed to West Riding. The next junction north was Oakenshaw South (towards Kirkgate) then Oakenshaw North towards Pontefract.

For maps I use old maps uk.
What a fascinating layout https://maps.nls.uk/view/125646372.

Probably doesn't answer the question, but I think there is a slight error on the post 1928 1:2500 map: where the Down Goods and Up Main cross each other between the Signal Bridge and the box should be a trailing single slip (excuse the model railway terminology).

(Note - at the south edge of the map there are 5 tracks, from W to E a siding then DM/UM/DG/UG which change as the OP describes.)
 

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Also interesting how big the sidings at Sharlston were. This is a very rail heavy area nowadays (the Crofton area in particular), but there must have been lines basically everywhere back then!
 

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What a fascinating layout https://maps.nls.uk/view/125646372.

Probably doesn't answer the question, but I think there is a slight error on the post 1928 1:2500 map: where the Down Goods and Up Main cross each other between the Signal Bridge and the box should be a trailing single slip (excuse the model railway terminology).

(Note - at the south edge of the map there are 5 tracks, from W to E a siding then DM/UM/DG/UG which change as the OP describes.)
Yes, what Gough shows is this.

Just past Sandal & Walton a new line appears to the west, this ultimately forms the down goods/slow. The down and up passenger/fast stay as they are but are now the 2nd and third lines from the west rather than the 1st and 2nd. The fourth line is the up goods/slow.

According to Gough there is initially a down fast to down goods crossover (there are in fact two). There is a down goods to down passenger crossover followed immediately from the down passenger the second down passenger to down goods crossover. There is also an up passenger to up goods crossover and two up goods to up passenger crossovers (the northernmost giving egress from Sharlston Colliery.

Now when you draw it out in excel that makes sense but the map suggests that there is no link between the two up fasts instead suggesting that there is a crossover from the down slow to the down fast incorporating a lead from the up fast - ugh



(Note - at the south edge of the map there are 5 tracks, from W to E a siding then DM/UM/DG/UG which change as the OP describes.)
 
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