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.
C&HPR Walk - August 2016
C&HPR Walk - August 2016
Cromford & High Peak Railway Walk - Bunsall to Harpur Hill 07/08/2016
After catching a bus from the centre of Buxton to the top of the Goyt Valley road, I then walked 12 miles from Bunsall via Ladmanlow to Harpur Hill, as far as possible along the alignment of the Cromford & High Peak Railway (C&HPR). It opened in 1830/1831. This section is much less well known than the sections nearer Cromford.
For the section from Bunsall Top to Whaley Bridge, please see the photos from the walk I did on 10/06/2018.
Peloponnese trip - September 2016
Peloponnese trip - September 2016
Originally the railway network on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece extended to some 731 km of metre gauge track, including the main line from Piraeus and Athína (Athens); however the line through from Piraeus to Kiato had been rebuilt to standard gauge by 2007 so I never travelled over the metre gauge route over that section. The Greek financial crisis of 2010 caused most of the metre gauge routes to be closed and most have never re-opened; the continuation of the conversion of the standard gauge from Kiato on towards Patra has been heavily delayed.
An excellent privately organised 5-day railtour in April 2013 covered almost all of the available track - see photos. The missing section, the branch from Kalamata/Asprohoma to Messini, was deemed unsuitable for use by the locomotive-hauled railtour but it did see usage by DMUs during a religious festival each September. This four-day trip in 2016 was planned to coincide with this festival, and a hire car was arranged to visit other parts of the peninsula that I considered worth further investigation. Unfortunately the trains didn't run, as will be seen, but it was a very interesting few days anyway.
For a map of the network, please this link and scroll down - though it is a little out of date.
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.