Most closed in the 1960s, after the infamous Beeching Report recommended the mothballing of underused, unprofitable branch lines and country stations. Towns such as Richmond, Ripon and Wetherby lost their stations entirely. Many of the old lines have now been built over, while some have become heritage railways, greenways or cycle paths.
This line ran from east Leeds, with stations in Scholes, Thorner, Bardsey and Collingham. Wetherby Station was closed along with the line in 1964. Housing has been built over much of the original track, while part of it is a Sustrans cycle route.
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Ripon Station (pictured) shut in 1967. The Leeds to Harrogate line ran all the way to Ripon and Northallerton before this section was axed, and the city's relief road was built over much of the original route, although the station building is still standing.
This line served Wetherby, Thorp Arch and Tadcaster, and a loop was added during the war to serve the munitions factory at Thorp Arch. It closed in 1966 and is now a cycle path. The 'viaduct to nowhere' at Spofforth, pictured, remains in the garden of a private house.
This line was an extension of the route from Otley to Ilkley, with stations at Addingham and Bolton Abbey. A small section is now part of the preserved Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, but most has been redeveloped, and the bridges were demolished in the 1970s.
Leeds and Huddersfield still have a direct link, but there was also an alternative route that ran between them until 1965. There were stations at Farnley & Wortley, Gildersome, Birstall, Gomersal, Cleckheaton, Liversedge and Heckmondwike. The route is now a greenway.
The two towns were once directly linked by rail, with stops at Arthington and Pool-in-Wharfedale. The section between Arthington, Burley and Otley closed in 1965 and Otley lost its station. Most of this route is now a footpath.
This line was known for its scenic route, although it traversed difficult gradients. There were stations at several villages along the way, including Robin Hood's Bay. It's now the Cinder Track, a cycle and bridle path.
This was part of a line which ran to Hull, with stations at Market Weighton and Pocklington. Part of the route is now a cycle path, but some track bed is still present and station buildings and goods sheds survive. Pocklington Station is now Pocklington School's gym.
Richmond was served by a small branch line, and also handled army traffic for Catterick Camp. The route closed in the late 1960s but the station was a listed building. It's now a leisure centre, while the station master's house is still occupied. Much of the old line is a footpath.
This line closed in 1958. Some sections became footpaths, and structures including a crossing keeper's cottage at Sledmere, a water tower at Wharram and the Burdale Tunnel (pictured, which has now been sealed) survive.
Privately owned throughout its life, this track ran from Layerthorpe in York to Cliffe Common near Selby. By 1973 all but four miles of the route had closed. The last train ran in 1981. Part of the route is a small heritage line and other sections are a cycle track.