Norton Bridge Remodelling - March 2016
Norton Bridge Remodelling - March 2016
Photos taken two days before the new arrangements were due to open.
Rudyard Lake Railway - March 2016
Rudyard Lake Railway - March 2016
A cycling visit to the Leek to Rushton disused railway line on 27/03/2016. The line opened in 1849 and closed in 1960. Part of this route is used by the Rudyard Lake Steam Railway. I wouldn't normally go out of my way to ride on a railway with this gauge (260 mm), but it is on a former railway trackbed......
Trans Pennine Trail - May 2016
Trans Pennine Trail - May 2016
Today 22/05/2016 I cycled from Wath to Dunford Bridge and back, along the former Great Central route, now mostly forming the Trans Pennine trail. Total mileage was 42, gross distance climbed was about 1700 ft.
The line closed to all traffic in 1981 and the section Wath - Worsbrough - Penistone was lifted very quickly; Penstone - Woodhead - Hadfield lasted a few more years before it was lifted. I never travelled over the Worsbrough route, and only ever travelled over the Woodhead route once.
Lancaster Greaves - December 2016
Lancaster Greaves - December 2016
The first railway into Lancaster was the Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway, opened on 26 June 1840 to a terminus in the Greaves area of Lancaster, a little way to the south of the city centre. The Lancaster and Carlisle Railway was opened on 22 September 1846 but the route was via the present station in Lancaster, which isolated Greaves station on a short branch line which closed to passengers in 1849. Greaves station was also sometimes known as "Penny Street".
The line survived into the 1950s as a goods station (a railtour paid a visit in 1954). The junction with the main line (known as "Lancaster No.1") is still clearly visible, heading northwards the Greaves line heads straight on when the present line curves sharply to the left.
The station site survives as a car park for the adjacent Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and the original station building survives as part of a nurses' home.
Photos taken 03/04 December 2016.