Today we had a talk, with slides, from Prof. Mike Dixon on the subject of the Railway line from Ilkley to Bolton Abbey. The talk was given on behalf of the Zambia Society Trust, a charity set up to help children with inherited AIDS in Zambia. Our members gave a generous donation at the end of the talk.
Mike described in detail the route of the line showing photos of the many bridges along the way together with the required associated earth works. In the second part he showed the line as it is today. Most of the bridges have been demolished and some of the cuttings have been back-filled, some with domestic waste from the then Ilkley UDC. The route of the line can only just be discerned in aerial photographs as it crosses fields near Addingham. On a more positive note, Bolton Abbey station has been brought back to its former glory from the vandalized wreck it became just after the closure of the line. It is now the terminus of the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.