Northern Lines

Sheffield towards Manchester

The Woodhead Route

ISBN:978 1 910356 18 0
First Published:23 June 2018
Authors:Paul Shannon
Series Editor:Vic Mitchell
Dimensions:240 x 174 mm
Book Info:

96 Pages
120 Photographs
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history



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The route dates from the dawn of the railway age and was soon busy with coal traffic in particular.

For this purpose, it became an early candidate for electrification, using a system which was to become unusual - it did not extend beyond the two cities.

Most of the route vanished, but the fascinating evidence of its life in scenic joys is very evident herein.



'Paul Shannon has assembled a superb collection of black and white photographs that portray the route from its glory days in Edwardian times through to closure of the central section in 1981.'
(The Railway Magazine, September 2018)

'The long-awaited Middleton Press review of the Woodhead Route, still mourned 37 years after its closure, is a good one because its author demonstrates his deep passion for the Great Central's former Sheffield-Manchester main line, with some his own images, and highly detailed captions.... This book really is an excellent, absorbing read.' (HJ)
(Steam World, Issue 374, August 2018)

'The photographs, both from the pre-and post-electrification eras, are generally interesting and well reproduced, while the captions incorporate a wealth of background details. Of particular interest are the scenes of the new Woodhead tunnel under construction in the late 1940s and early 1950s.' [FT]
(The Railway Observer, September 2018, Vol.88, No.1075)

Stations and Locations covered in this book:

Sheffield Victoria1-10
Wadsley Bridge13-14
Oughty Bridge15-17
Hazlehead Bridge48-49
Dunford Bridge50-59
Godley Junction100-103
Newton for Hyde105
Flowery Field106
Hyde North107
Guide Bridge108-120

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