I am sorry that I described Saltaire Station as 'characterless' here. I confess I didn't really look at it as closely as I might - and should - have done. I was so taken aback as so many people getting off the train and having to readjust my expectations (still unconsciously based on the freezing rain of the weekend I had originally planned to go) that I just sloped off. I intended to come back later, of course, but I should have learnt my lesson by now - do it when you first think of it.
Anyway, David very gently took me to task for my rash and dismissive description. He points out that when the station was re-opened in 1984, the original buildings being long gone, 'rather than erecting a simple bus type shelter on
each platform (the norm on the other new stations in West Yorkshire), they went
to he expense of having stone buildings in a vaguely similar style to the
village, plus electric lighting in period style gas
And he sent me a photo which he took in 1959, six years before it was closed,
David - who grew up in Shipley - also filled in some details about the Shipley Glen Tramway in the 1950s: 'at the
top of the Glen Tramway there used to be a small fairground where we could play
on slot machines, ride on a gondola with gondolier (really), a miniature
railway, and other amusements'.
I am more than delighted to set the record straight - and thanks again to David.
I wish that I knew then what I know now.
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