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Report - Healey Mills Marshalling Yard - Jan 2011


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So visited here with Tcake good fun access was interesting but not challenging in for 30 minutes and some dude yelling that he'd informed BTP god love em of us and to clear off bless him. So we took his advice onboard and continued what we started ,40 Minutes later white van appears with hi viz, so being manly we hid like frightened children.... the yard is not as full as it was in previous reports is definitely something different, but thoroughly enjoyed it even the game of hide and seek. even the Queen stayed here overnight once in 77 for her jubilee thang

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Healey Mills Is a natural concentration point for east-west flows of freight, linking the industrial West Riding with the east coast ports of Hull and Goole, the industrial areas of Lancashire and the Merseyside ports. It is also a convenient half-way house between the heavy industrial area of the North East and Lancashire.

The marshalling of this east-west traffic was formerly carried out in 13 separate and small shunting yards. Much of the traffic had to pass through two or more of these yards, involving unnecessary expense both in time and money.

For some time the facilities afforded in these old yards have been inadequate. Lacking modern mechanical aids to efficiency their operation was uneconomic and the need for a concentrated and modern marshalling centre has been urgent. That need has now been met.

Huge quantities of coal pass from the Yorkshire coalfield to the factories of the West Riding and Lancashire and also to power stations and ports. This will comprise about half of the traffic to pass through the new yard. The rest is made up of a great variety of basic materials and industrial products ranging from wool to wines and textiles to timber. Some of this, particularly the coal, moves in train loads direct from the point of origin to the point of consumption. Such traffic needs no intermediate sorting. It is a pattern of economical freight movement for which the railways are specifically fitted and which they seek constantly to develop.

Nevertheless, in an area of such varied industry, there will always be quite substantial quantities of freight requiring to be moved in consignments where the originating unit is the ’wagon’ rather than the ‘train’. The new yard (although providing certain vital services necessary to train-load movement) will primarily be concerned with the speedy and efficient sorting and marshalling this kind of traffic.

It will be capable of handling 4,000 wagons a day, a big proportion of which will have its transit time substantially reduced. In conjunction with the establishment of other modern marshalling yards in the North Eastern Region and elsewhere throughout the British Railways system, Healey Mills Yard will not only make a substantial contribution to a greatly improved pattern of scheduled freight train services, but will also ensure these services being used more fully, more efficiently and more economically.


The new Healey Mills Yard occupies a 140-acre site, the whole of which is underlain by a series of coal seams. Fortunately, much of this, including the most profitable seams, had been won and most of the subsequent settlement had taken place before work on the site began. Other coal working was arranged in co-operation with the National Coal Board, so that settlement had taken place by the middle of 1962 when formation levels for the main sidings had to be stabilised. Consequently, the sterilisation of coal required has not been substantial and has been confined to thinner seams which, in any event, may not have been worked.

Notwithstanding that site levelling (including cutting a new river channel) produced 298,000 cubic yards of filling material, it was necessary to bring into the area a further three-quarters of a million cubic yards of filling. One hundred and fifty-four thousand cubic yards came from a new railway cutting at Stourton, 383,000, consisting of red shale, came from local collieries, and 230,000, mainly ash for bottom ballast, came from various West Riding power stations and abandoned railway branch lines. In the reception siding area the average depth of fill was 17ft.

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