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Allocation: N/A

Usual Classes: 08, 37, 47, 56, 58, 60, 66

Vantage Points: The best place to observe movements into the yard, within the yard, and onthe main lines is from Storrs Hill Road overbridge which crosses the eastern throat of the yard. Park in Bridge Close 50yds from the bridge. From this point it is possible to see all parts of the yard and with the aid of binoculars obtain most locomotive numbers. The bridge offers a good vantage point for photography. Turn 180 degrees and part of the Marcroft wagon works which lies to the east of the bridge is visible.

Half way up the hill on Storrs Hill Road is a lay-by from which it is possible to observe the yard and westbound main line from the comfort of a car. However the eastbound running line is obscured.

For closer views the public footpath running along the northern boundary is to be commended. The path commences 10 yds from the depot entrance. Walk along the path until the path forks and there is a stile. At this point double back towards the old water tower which offers the best close up views of stabled locomotives. Note that at this point you are on Railtrack property. Keep well clear of the main running line. Photography is possible but challenging as most shots are into the sun.

Visit Permits: EWS advise that permits are not issued for visits to the depot or yard.

Do not attempt to enter the yard from the west end by the signal box. Signalmen are instructed to call BT police in the event of trespass in this area.

Location: Healey Mills depot and yard are located some 4 miles west of Wakefield Kirkgate Station on the line from Wakefield Kirkgate to Huddersfield. As the facilities are located between the running lines look out of the right-hand window (facing the direction of travel) at all times for views.

To reach Healey Mills by public transport board an Arriva bus nos 128, 129, 231 or 232 at Wakefield Bus Station or in Westgate adjacent to Wakefield Westgate railway station and alight at the Bingley Arms in Horbury Bridge. Journey time approx 18mins. Walk back towards Wakefield crossing the river Calder. Turn left into Bridge Road before The Ship Inn and fork left into Storrs Hill Road at the Horse & Jockey Public House. Continue along Storrs Hill Road and the yard is on the left-hand side where the road crosses over the railway . The official entrance is a further 100yds on the left-hand side. A public footpath runs along the northern boundary another 10 yards further. Walking time approximately 10 minutes.

By Road from the M1 North: Leave the M1 at junction 39 and take A636 towards Wakefield. Straight on over two roundabouts and through one set of traffic lights. Turn left into Thornes Road immediately after passing under the railway. Continue into Thornbury Road (bearing right) and at the end turn left onto A642 Horbury Road.(BP garage on left at junction). Continue along this road passing back underneath the M1 and onto Horbury By-pass. Eventually the road narrows and goes downhill before passing over the railway. Cross the railway and take the third turning on the right into Old Bridge Street. Turn right at the Horse & Jockey into Storrs Hill Road

From Leeds and M1 South : Leave the M1 at junction 40 and take A638 towards Wakefield. At the second set of traffic lights turn right into Queens Drive and pass back under the motorway. At the end turn left into Station Road. Continue to the traffic lights and turn right into Manor Road. At the end of this road turn left and turn right immediately after the pedestrian crossing into Storrs Hill Road. The yard is at the bottom of the hill on the right hand side.