Railway junction recreated in former market hall
December 6, 2021
The railway with highly-detailed scenery is a model of Heaton Lodge Junction, between
The junction is at one end of a section of track through Mirfield where the main Trans-Pennine route via Huddersfield and the line along the Calder Valley merge then diverge again at another junction at Ravensthorpe.
Since the cuts of the 1980s there have been growing problems in accommodating fast and local trains and continuing goods traffic on the reduced number of tracks on the line. An emphasis on fast trains and a focus on Leeds has led to reduced local services and goods traffic.
Many local people will probably want to rekindle memories of the 1980s and earlier for some of their journeys, but there are in fact proposals to put back some new tracks at Heaton Lodge Junction to allow for fast trains, local trains and freight as part of a stretch of the Trans-Pennine Upgrade and electrification plan. The proposals for the bottleneck between Huddersfield and Dewsbury are in the final stages of planning, having just gone through a Public Inquiry in Huddersfield during late November and early December over some aspects of the scheme.
The model railway is on display in Wakefield daily until Sunday December 19, 2021.
More information about the model railway and ticket details can be found at the