Pontefract Loop Line

Excursions bound for Pontefract Races often brought trains from the Sheffield area through all three Pontefract stations to arrive at Tanshelf, the nearest to the course. This is one such train running over the newly re-laid branch (as a single line after 1960) and is seen curving away from the York line and passing what is now Cottís factory.

The locomotive depicted is one of the ubiquitous ex LMS Black 5 4-6-0ís no. 44688.

Photograph copyright © Peter Cookson