The company was formed in 1825.
The Manchester-Liverpool Railway opened in 1830.
In 1831, there was a proposal to connect Manchester and Leeds, and a railway surveyed by George Stephenson was proposed.
There were objections from the Rochdale Canal Company and the Rochdale & Halifax Turnpike Trust.
This first trans-Pennine railway followed the route of the Rochdale Canal. The railway was eventually authorised by Act of Parliament in 1836.
At Hebden Bridge, so many people boarded the train that they climbed onto the roof, and had to stand as there were so many up there
The route by-passed Halifax, and passengers and goods had to depart and arrive at Sowerby Bridge or Elland. The branch from North Dean to Shaw Syke opened in 1844.
In 1847, the Manchester & Leeds Railway amalgamated with the Manchester & Bolton Railway, the Liverpool & Bury Railway, and the West Riding Union Railway to become the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway
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