SK1199 : Locomotive (Derailed)

taken 71 years ago, near to Ironbower Moss [other Features], Derbyshire, Great Britain

Locomotive (Derailed)
Locomotive (Derailed)
View from bank above and just beyond Woodhead Station, roughly NE. The bogie of a Class B1 4-6-0 that had derailed at the Down-to-Up line crossover is being replaced on the rails while the breakdown crane (from Gorton) lifts the front of the engine. The train was the 08.40 Sheffield - Manchester express; it and all other traffic on this busy route was held up for an hour or two. (At the time all traffic was using the Up (Eastbound) single bore of the Old Tunnel, anyway.)
Woodhead Tunnel and Sheffield (Victoria) - Manchester railway

Shortly before World War Two, a start was made on the electrification of the LNER main line between Rotherwood Sidings (east of Sheffield Victoria) and from Wath Central via the Worsbrough Branch to Penistone and over the Woodhead route to Manchester London Road and other points off the main line including Glossop. The war interrupted the electrification for over 10 years, although the steel standards for the overhead catenary bordered the route over the intervening period.
After the war it was found that the two 3-mile single-line Woodhead Tunnels (now almost 100 years old and traversed latterly by 100 steam trains a day) were almost collapsing and beyond economic repair. Therefore before the electrification could be completed a new much larger double-track tunnel would have to be built, parallel to and on the south side of the old bores. Work began in August 1949 and was completed, along with the electrification (also new stations at Dunford Bridge and Woodhead and a new bridge over the River Etherow at Woodhead) in June 1954. However, the pre-war scheme to electrify the railways through to Manchester Central, the Docks and the Trafford Park industrial area had been abandoned, 'Motorway Madness' ensued, the M62 was built instead and the whole modernised railway was closed down and ripped up (between Hadfield and Penistone) in July 1981!
My brother-in-law, Andrew Sharman, was Chief Site Engineer for the Consultants, Sir William Halcrow & Partners, for the New Woodhead Tunnel (also the Thurgoland Tunnel near Sheffield). He and his family were provided with a bungalow at the Dunford Bridge temporary workers' camp, so I used to visit and was taken all over (and into) the construction works, and took photographs. (See e.g. SK1199, SE1502, SE1602. For a detailed description of the whole project, see E.M. Johnson, 'Woodhead: the Electric Railway', Foxline, Stockport 2001: ISBN 870119 81 9).

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SK1199, 135 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
23 July 1951   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 4 March, 2010
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Railway   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 113 998 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.7194N 1:49.8502W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 113 998
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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