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Kirkgate Station Restoration

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October 2015. Kirkagate Railway Station, newly restored. It was officially re-opened on the 13th September 2015.
The latest improvements at Kirkgate are part of the government’s Northern Connect service, which will see stations being staffed daily around West Yorkshire.
The restoration and refurbishment work was carried out by the regeneration charity Groundwork Wakefield. (link accessed 28/12/2015)
■ Read more about the restoration of the station.
Click to enlarge.Destinations from Kirkgate Railway Station, 2015. Kirkgate Calling.Kirkgate Calling - Engines of the Yorkshire and Lancashire Railway.
Read this leaflet (PDF).
Click to enlarge.Station staff back in the days of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. Click to enlarge.Kirkgate Station in 1967.
Click to enlarge.Kirkgate station in 1984. Click to enlarge.The station in 2006. The red brick buildings in the background have since been demolished.
Click to enlarge Kirkgate Station - once upon a time of some importance and looked after. When this photograph was taken, it had been shabby for some time, and would be neglected for some years to come, but, by the autumn of 2015, the station had been restored.

Click to enlarge. Welcome to Wakefield in 2009. A somewhat uninspiring view of the platforms.


■ Pictures of the restored station in 2015.
Click to enlarge.2009 - A local train leaving the station.
Trains are operated by Northern Rail. The Grand Central West Riding main line service also serves this station.
Click to enlargeView towards the city centre from the station entrance. The white building is a derelict pub (Wakefield Arms). [2009]

Click to enlarge.The ever-popular Scarborough Spa Express at Wakefield Kirkgate Railway Station. This magnificent steam train is operated by West Coast Railways.
[27 Oct 2015]
Click to enlarge.The Scarborough Spa's carriages stretching back along the platform, full of happy passengers bound for an afternoon at the seaside.
[27 Oct 2015]
Click to enlarge.Next stop Wakefield Westgate and then on to York and Scarborough. [27 Oct 2015] Click to enlarge.Meanwhile, for those not going quite so far as York or Scarborough, a local train awaits. [27 Oct 2015]
   
Click to enlarge.Scarborough Spa Express in 2011
The Scarborough Spa Express brings a welcome touch of colour and life to the poor old station. This is the return journey from Scarborough with the final destination of York.
[24/08/2011]
Click to enlarge. The train is just pulling into Kirkgate on the outward morning journey to the seaside at Scarborough.
[18/08/2011]

Watch a couple of videos about the Scarborough Spa Express at Kirkgate station on YouTube.
  

■ The Scarborough Spa Express Leaving Wakefield Kirkgate - 24 Aug 2011. A short film of the departure.
and
■ Welcome Aboard The Scarborough Spa Express. 06 Oct 2010, nine minutes or so covering the journey from Kirkgate, through Wrenthorpe, Outwood, Leeds, York, Kirkham Abbey, finishing at Scarborough. A quick look at the magnificent North Sea, calm and a gorgeous blue*, and then the return journey. Produced by Outwood Community Video.
(* not really - magnificent it is, but not necessarily calm or blue).

 

Click to enlarge.The Scarborough Spa Express just about to set off for the evening journey to York.
[24/08/2011]

Visit West Coast Railways to find out more about the Scarborough Spa Express, the Cambrian and the Jacobite steam railways.

Click to enlarge.Local Metro trains at Kirkgate.

Not quite in the HS2 league, but useful to the local community, nevertheless.
[18/08/2011]

Click to enlargeThe Grand Central West Riding service operates between Bradford Interchange, Halifax, Brighouse, Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill, Doncaster and London King's Cross.

■ Find out more at Grand Central.

Click to enlarge.Two Northern trains leaving Kirkgate, travelling west.
[27 Oct 2015]

Click to enlargeThe Grand Central bound for London.
The Grand Central West Riding Service started in May 2010, and the fastest now reach London in just over two hours 10 minutes. The former British Rail service, which was ended in May 1978, took two hours 51 minutes. (Tony Lodge, Yorkshire Post, 13/09/2015)
[27 Oct 2015]

Click to enlargeThe Grand Central at Kirkgate. [2011]  










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