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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Queensbury Triangular Station

          From the top of the Dailie fields looking down
           on the old railway station.
            An amazing view east looking beyond Otley Chevin
      Bell wood and the old triangle. Track to the right to Bradford,
      track to the left to Thornton, Track in the trees back to the
bottom left went through the tunnel to Holmfield then Halifax.
                           The old red brick chimney below Fox Brow

A cold, bright and breezy day after heavy overnight rain but remaining dry with a biting NW>5-6.
No sign of movers this morning with vis mig now drawing to a close for another year although something can usually be found overhead over winter , usually ducks, geese and swans re locating and winter thrushes moving from one feeding area to another.
A quick dinner time Dailies dash found very little in the sky other than a few small gulls heading up the Aire valley >N.
Several Redwings and Fieldfares were down in Bell wood on the station feeding in Hawthorns but no time to scramble down there to check for Woodcock , a species which is being reported to me regular from the area.
A surprise was 2 Linnets in the horse field feeding on Ragwort seed, the first I,ve had down there this year due to their breeding patch of Gorse dying back.
Thanks to DJS for informing me that the Common Scoter is still on Mixenden reservoir so just another day and a half before I can get down there and add it to my Mixenden records.
For those that are wondering what the fuss is about, Common Scoters , a sea diving duck, come around the coast of the British Isles for winter in large numbers off shore but rarely turn up on inland waters.
In the past sightings have been down to one or two reports a year and my best records are both from the Oxenhope area several years ago with 72 on Oxenhope reservoir and 22 on Leeshaw but they rarely hang about for more than a day.
BS

4 comments:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Queensbury Triangle has some memories for me! Holmfield Station circa 1951 and a train to Bradford with mum to see santa.
Frightened me to death when the train left Holmfield and went straight into the tunnel - no lights on till we came out at Q triangle. Must be one of my earliest memories!!!
Good to see the lovely shots down there.

Brian Sumner . said...

And you were 25 at the time, ha ha .

I remember the Clayton line still running then when it closed we used to play in the signal box and on the old viaduct, happy days.

Brian Sumner . said...

I should have said, the Thornton Line, not the Clayton line.
The second tunnel down there went under part of Clayton to Bradford but Thornton was the last line used.
There was also a track up the Dailie fields on which a cart was winched to ferry goods from the station to Queensbury village.

Howard Creber said...

Yes Fog,emotive shots of our beloved Dailie Fields and the long lost Queensbury Triangle lines.So sad to see them now,giving very little hint of the wonderful adventure "playground" it once was !!.What great times we had with John Newill and Geoffrey Brown.