Beaumont Street Flyer

Following the opening of the Midland Railway's Newtown Goods Yard, Huddersfield Corporation embedded a single set of railway tracks along Beaumont Street in 1922 in order to move coal from the goods yard to the Corporation's gas works situated off Leeds Road.

The two small saddle tank engines that shunted the coal trucks became known as the Beaumont Street Flyers, perhaps as an ironic reference to the fact that they travelled slowly to avoid accidents. According to some sources, the engine would often be preceded by a man waving a warning flag.

Following the closure of Midland Railway's Huddersfield Branch Line in the 1960s, the Beaumont Street Flyer service ceased in 1966 and the tracks along Beaumont Street were removed.

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Location

The main sections of track are shown below, as marked on the 1960 O.S. map. A portion of the track that crossed over Gasworks Street still remains as of 2016 alongside the Gas Works Club and is shown on the Google Street View.

Beaumont Street Flyer

This page was last modified on 13 August 2017 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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