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Woodhead Line (Manchester to Sheffield)
1845 - 1981
The Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway
Contributors:   Reproduction prohibited / Bernard Coomber / Mark Damon Heeley / Adrian Smith / John Barraclough / Martin Speck / David Webdale
The Route
From Manchester via Gorton, Guide Bridge, Newton, Godley Junction, Mottram, Glossop and Dinting, Glossop Central, Hadfield, Crowden, Woodhead, Dunford Bridge, Hazlehead Bridge, Penistone, Wortley, Deepcar, Oughtibridge, Wadsley Bridge, Neepsend & Sheffield.

Length
41 1/2 miles.

Original Companies
The Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway company.

Opening
1845.

Closures
Passengers - 5 January 1970
Freight - Between Hadfield & Penistone 17 July 1981.

 
National Grid's Plans to use the Woodhead Tunnel
The Woodhead Tunnel, vital for a re-opened freight service or new passenger services on the rail line between Sheffield and Manchester, faces permanent closure to trains due to an impending decision by the National Grid to use the tunnel for cabling.
Obviously this means freight will remain on the road and much needed passenger connections between Glossop, Penistone, and Sheffield could never happen - bad for the environment and damaging the hopes of opposing the Mottram Tintwistle bypass.

Please e-mail woodheadtunnel@gmail.com  if you will be attending or if you have any questions.
For more information about the meeting and things you can do to help, visit the campaign website: http://savethewoodheadtunnel.blogspot.com/ 

Wortley

Wortley (Sheffield) (03-12-12) : Adrian Smith
1888. Now the TransPenine Cycle Route and Upper Don Trail, south of Thurgoland tunnel.
There's a well-paved trod most of the way down from Wortley (St Leonards church) and access from the trail car park off Finkle Street, behind Cote Green stables.

Woodhead
Woodhead : Bernard Coomber
A Manchester E.M.U. heads for Glossop on the Woodhead line. circa summer of '65.
Woodhead : Bernard Coomber
A mixed freight at Dunford Bridge about to enter Woodhead tunnel Manchester bound_ circa summer of '65.
Woodhead : Bernard Coomber
Class EM2 Electric Co-co locomotive at Guide Bridge.

NOTE: Martin Speck (Technician BR S&T Dept Sheffield No2 division 1970s)
The photo does in fact show an EM1 Bo-Bo, not an EM2 Co-Co. See the
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_76 web page for details of the numbers assigned to the EM1s (E26XXX).
Woodhead (c1980s) : David Webdale
Guide Bridge.
Woodhead (c1980s) : David Webdale
Guide Bridge. This building long gone now.
Woodhead (c1980s) : David Webdale
Guide Bridge.
Woodhead (c1980s) : David Webdale
Not sure where this is, somewhere near Guide Bridge.
Note : John Barraclough
Just a clarification on this image. The location is in fact Dinting taken from the pedestrian bridge over the Glossop branch at Dinting Lane and facing approximately west. Dinting Station is around the curve to the right. The gated line to the left was into Dinting Railway Centre, long gone and overgrown.
This picture shows the same location during the time when the centre was still open -
http://pjbrailwayphotos.piwigo.com/picture?/19625/category/31-dinting_railway_centre_glossop_in_the_1980s
Woodhead : Bernard Coomber
Class EM2 Electric Co-co locomotive heading for Manchester with coal from South Yorkshire,
Woodhead line circa summer of '65.

NOTE: Martin Speck (Technician BR S&T Dept Sheffield No2 division 1970s)
Shows another loco with leaf springs so it must be a class EM1.
Woodhead : Bernard Coomber
Class EM2 Electric Co-co locomotive in the Longdendale valley with a Sheffield to Manchester express passenger,
Woodhead line circa summer of '65.

NOTE: Martin Speck
Shows a loco with leaf springs so it must be an EM1 rather than an EM2.
Although the EM1 was used mostly on freight trains they were used on passenger trains as well.
Woodhead : Bernard Coomber
Class EM2 Electric Co-co locomotive passing Dinting with a coal train for Lancashire,
Woodhead line circa summer of '65.

NOTE: Martin Speck
Also shows an EM1. If you look at the many images on the web you will see that EM1s have two pairs of coiled springs above each driving wheel. This loco has a single leaf spring on the chassis which means it must be an EM1. (This is a useful way of telling the two class apart if you can't see if the loco is a Co-Co (EM2) or a Bo-Bo (EM1). You will find a very good picture of the coiled springs used on EM2s on the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_77 web page. The National Railway museum have painted the springs white so they really stand out in one picture.
Woodhead : Bernard Coomber
Dunford Bridge on the Woodhead line, with a Manchester bound passenger express having just left Woodhead tunnel.
Woodhead : Mark Damon Heeley
Sign recovered from Dunford Bridge summer 1988 sold 2007. (see above photo).

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