SJ9694 : View along the old track

taken 7 years ago, near to Gee Cross, Tameside, Great Britain

View along the old track
View along the old track
Looking along the line of the former Cheshire Lines railway from Godley Junction to Apethorn just west of Brookfold Bridge. On the left behind the trees was a turntable SJ9694 : Godley Turntable where trains heading from the Yorkshire coalfields for Fiddler's Ferry power station would exchange locomotives.

On the right is a National Cycle Network Milepost SJ9694 : Sustrans Milepost at Godley which appears misplaced as route 62 and the Trans Pennine Trail isn't reached until Green Lane SJ9694 : Green Lane footpath junction and there is no proper access from this side.
National Cycle Network Mileposts

1000 Millennium cast iron mileposts were funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland to mark the creation of the National Cycle Network, and found along the cycles routes through the UK.

There are four different types of posts, "Fossil Tree" by John Mills, "The Cockerel" by Iain McColl, "Rowe Type" by Andrew Rowe, and "Tracks" by David Dudgeon. The four artists are from each country of the UK though all posts can be found in all four countries.

Read the National Cycle Network article Link

Godley Junction Turntable

Just west of the former Godley Junction station beyond the bridge over Brookfold Road was a small marshalling yard and a turntable.

Here is where trains heading for Fiddler's Ferry power station via Warrington Arpley would exchange locomotives. The whole point of the Godley Junction to Apethorn railway was to carry Yorkshire coal to Lancashire for burning in one way or another. Originally the trains were steam hauled but after electrification of the Woodhead line in the 1950s the class 76 electric locos would draw the train onto the branch and un-couple before running around and departing; subsequently, a diesel loco would appear and hook-on for the remainder of the trip. Freight services over Woodhead ended in 1981 and this line became redundant.

The only passenger service was the overnight from Marylebone which divided here, with its Liverpool portion headed off down the Cheshire Lines tracks to Woodley and Stockport Tiviot Dale.

The turntable was left for nature to take over with trees growing through it. In 2015 Sustran volunteers started work on clearing the undergrowth and renovating the site.

Photographs of the turntable in use can be found on Old Hyde LinkExternal link

Godley Turntable on Facebook: LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 7 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Paths  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
Place (from Tags)
Former (from Tags)
Railway Turntable 
Long Distance Path (from Tags)
Trans Pennine Trail 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9656 9467 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.9269N 2:3.1958W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9657 9467
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Sustrans Milepost  Former Railway Route  National Cycle Network Route 62 

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