Oxenhope

Journey’s End

Oxenhope is the terminus of the Railway in the shadow of the surrounding moors. The goods shed, extended in the early days of preservation, is now the main site for the restoration and servicing of the carriages and goods vehicles in regular use on the Railway.

Features:

Large free car park
Buffet & Shop
Picnic Area & Childrens Playground
Exhibition Shed
Bus connections to Hebden Bridge

The end (or start) of your journey

Just minutes walk from the village centre Oxenhope station has always been busy. The station became unstaffed in 1955, as did Ingrow, with the station master for the line being based at Haworth.

When the railway closed in 1961 Oxenhope had just one coal siding remaining from what had been quite a large good yard. There was no longer any track into the stone goods shed adjoining the platform. It has changed dramatically since.

Inside the station there is now a shop where the booking office used to be and the booking office has now moved across the booking hall to the former waiting room.

The head-shunt (the piece of line at the south end of the station beyond the point where the loop lines converge) was extended in 1971 allowing two locomotives to run round their train together. Beyond the new buffers was the area was landscaped to make a car park and a large picnic area developed. In 2019 the picnic area was further enhanced by the addition of a children’s adventure playground, a scheme to improve facilities for families.

In 1970 a new shed adjoining the platform was opened, an extension to the original goods warehouse. Originally intended as a locomotive running shed this is now our base for carriage restoration. In the following years the three track ‘Green Shed’ was opened providing a home for locomotives which are out of service long term and some of our more historic coaches not regularly used in service. Our visitor are free to view the exhibits in what is now referred to as the Exhibition Shed.

Oxenhope is the base of our operational carriage fleet kept, when not in use, in the ‘open-air’ covered structure to the east of the site. Although open sided, this structure keeps the worst of the Pennine weather at bay whilst providing shelter for minor maintenance and cleaning of the carriages.

To provide café facilities and shelter, a buffet car was purchased in 1982 and positioned permanently between the goods shed and the station building with access from the platform, a purpose it provides to this day.

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