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A Halifax JOC Leyland Leopard L1 with Weymann B42F body of 1962, pictured travelling along Saddleworth Road, between Elland Bridge and West Vale, as it operates a journey on the 41 Elland-Sowerby Bridge route one summer teatime in 1971.
The Calder & Hebble Canal can be seen just over the wall below the road, and the line of the River Calder can just be made out in the background. Just out of view beyond the top of the photo is the main A629 Halifax to Huddersfield (and beyond) road along Elland Wood Bottom, along which the 41 had previously operated, before being diverted via West Vale in March 1970.
Just out of view to the top right hand corner the A629 turns sharp right over the historic Elland Bridge, crossing the river and canal then climbing into Elland. On Boxing Day 2015 Elland Bridge was wrecked by the massive torrents that surged down the Calder Valley causing flooding and immense damage to properties, and has had to be completely rebuilt, suitably strengthened - and hopefully future-proofed - whilst striving to retain its original appearance and character. It has just been reopened to pedestrians this week, and should finally reopen for vehicles by the end of this month (January 2017).
Photo taken by John Stringer, Friday 16 July 1971, Saddleworth Road, Elland (taken from Long Wall)
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