Two Train Stations
Especially for people who come from one of those countries where all the railway lines are in the hand of a state-owned enterprise, it is a bit strange to have separate train stations in one city that are not connected by any rail service at all. I guess it is not that strange for Britain, from where we had heard lots of bad news about the rail services, especially after the privatisation took place in the 90ies. Bradford has two rail stations, Bradford Interchange and Forster Square. Very confusingly, it is not possible to tell which one of them is the main one -- it all depends on where you want to go and where you are coming from. Only if you are going to Leeds, it doesn't really matter because Leeds is actually served from both stations. If you mess up your itinerary ending up at the wrong station, don't panic, they are less than a mile apart from each other. Bradford Interchange has the added plus of including the main bus depot, but better parking seems to be available at Forster Square, because there is a large mall with a 24-hour tesco closeby.
I went from Braddie Interchange to York and found wheelchair access not bad at all -- definitely comparable to what I experience in Germany and the Netherlands.
662 The Shuttle (By Transdev in Keighley)
You can catch the bus, 662 The Shuttle, frequent, from Bradford and The Shuttle stops at Bradford's attractions including Lister Park and Cartwright Hall, Saltaire, Bingley's Five Rise Locks, East Riddlesden Hall and Keighley (for connections to Haworth, Pennine Country and Skipton).
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Bradford Interchange serves as the city's bus station and one of the city's railway stations. If you're travelling by public transport to Bradford this is where you arrive. Services from the bus stations serve Bradford's districts and there are services to and from other cities and towns in West and North Yorkshire.
The buses are serviced mainly by First Group, Arriva, Transdev Keighley and District, National Express companies but smaller companies also operate out of the station.
The trains are serviced mainly by Northern Rail and Grand Central Rail and there are services to and from other cities and towns in West and North Yorkshire and also to London.
Bradford Interchange has a Metro travel centre and a variety of facilities including toilets, newsagents, information help point and photo booths.
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Makes Your Life A Bit Easier
The Western parts of Bradford's city centre (Kirkgate/Westgate) involve taking on a steep hill when coming from Forster Square station. Good news is, there is an elevator making your life a lot easier! If I remember correctly, it gets you to Manor Row, pretty much saving you the steepest parts of the ascent.
Classic Car Show
Every year the Bradford City council use Centurion Square, located in front of the Town Hall, for a number of shows, including local drama and dance clubs. But once a year owners and collectors of classic cars gather for a competion known as Bradford's Classic Cars.
Held for one weekend in August every year avid classic cars owners bring their vehicles (Bikes and other vehicles are also included) to show in the city centre, Some are often races around the controlled city centre to help judge which car is the best and most looked after or preserved.
It is normally held over a weekend and there is a small prize for the winner of the best car which is judged throughout the weekend and the winner is announced on sunday. There is also sometimes a theme to the car show, last years theme was movie cars and the original shaguar (Austin Powers Jag), the A*team van and a replica of Knightrider were on show and visitors were allowed to sit in the cars for a small charge.
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The Carlisle Settle Railway
We travelled to Bradford from Scotland. First we took a train from Glasgow to Carlisle. From Carlisle we travelled on the Carlisle - Settle Line to Skipton then changed for a train to Bradford.
The Carlisle - Settle Railway was the last major railway line built in Britain. It crosses the Yorkshire Dales and has some stunning scenery as well as historical station buildings. Our journey to Bradford was in clear cold weather. On our journey back the next day everything was covered in snow.
The Carlisle - Settle Railway was constructed in the 1870's. The line is 72 miles long and connects Leeds to Carlisle. It is considered to be a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. The line was built by The Midland Railway Company. Construction began in 1869 and the railway opened in 1876 first of all for freight trains, then in 1876 for passengers.
We travelled on this railway on a Saturday morning when all the other passengers seemed to be going to Leeds to party the weekend away. I have never seen so much alcohol being consumed at that time in the morning. The girls opposite us were downing shots like there was no tomorrow; the very loud and obnoxious guys opposite us were drinking lager combined with a bottle of vodka. Our journey back on the Sunday was thankfully a lot more sedate.
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The Carlisle Settle Railway - Scenery
The Carlisle Settle Railway passes through some of the most spectacular scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
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Train across the Yorkshire Dales
On the way back from Bradford as we travelled by train across the Yorkshire Dales; we could not help noticing a slight deterioration in the weather.