The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station was formed in September 2007 to help keep the station environs tidy, maintain the gardens to the station entrance and approach, and provide a library in one waiting room for rail users.
We also seek to encourage greater use of public transport by lobbying for improved bus/train connections at the station and for disabled access to both platforms.
Additionally we also seek to raise awareness with both residents and visitors that the station is an important part of the town's Victorian heritage, and to this end a permanent photographic exhibition on the history of the railway in the Upper Calder Valley has been mounted in the station's two Waiting Rooms.
The Friends are always in need of more volunteers to help maintain the station gardens and keep the area neat and tidy. You don't have to be a rail buff to help - just turn up at one of our events!
Here is our contact email address
The view from Platform 2
Engineered by George Stephenson, the Manchester and Leeds
Railway along the Calder Valley was the first trans-Pennine railway. The
line opened through Hebden Bridge in October 1840 when the first station
was built here. The present Grade II Listed station dates from 1892-3
and was built by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway who owned the
line until 1922. Unusually for a working main line station, it has been
preserved and restored to its 19th century style and colours. The staffed
station also boasts two heated waiting rooms in which we have mounted
a permanent photographic exhibition on the history of the railway in and
around the Upper Calder Valley. There is also an award-winning independent
café offering fresh and locally-sourced food. Friday to Sunday, after the café is closed, it becomes The Parcel Office Bar selling real cider, draught ales and bottled Belgian beers.