SK1772 : Platform, Monsal Dale Station

taken 7 years ago, near to Monsal Head, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Platform, Monsal Dale Station
Platform, Monsal Dale Station
Monsal Dale Station (former)

Monsal Dale station was opened in 1866 by the Midland Railway on its line from Rowsley, extending the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway.
The original intention was merely to have a goods depot to serve the nearby Cressbrook Mill, to be called Cressbrook or Cressbrook Sidings. However a passenger station would also serve the villages of Upperdale and Cressbrook.
The down line and platform was built on a shelf carved in the rock face, while the up was built on wooden trestles over the hillside. The wooden buildings for the latter were obtained from Evesham railway station.
The station closed in 1959, the down platform edge can still be seen, nothing remains of the up platform or timber buildings.

Manchester, Buxton, Matlock & Midland Junction Line (former)

The Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway ran from a junction with the Midland Railway at Ambergate to Rowsley north of Matlock and on to Buxton.
It would become part of the Midland Railway's main line between London and Manchester, but it was initially planned as a route from Manchester to the East of England, via the proposed Ambergate, Nottingham, Boston and Eastern Junction Railway which would meet it a little further north along the North Midland line at Ambergate. The line opened to Rowsley in 1849 and finally reached Buxton in 1863. The line closed in 1968. part of the line is used today as The Monsal Trail.
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The Monsal Trail (National Network Cycleroute 680)

The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales.
The trail runs along the former Midland Railway line ( LinkExternal link ), which closed in 1968, for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill SK1172 : The start of The Monsal Trail, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, at Bakewell.
Most of the route was opened to the public in 1981 but four former railway tunnels had to remain closed due to safety reasons, with public footpaths taking people around them. In 2011 the four railway tunnels - Headstone Tunnel, Cressbrook Tunnel, Litton Tunnel, Chee Tor Tunnel were opened for trail users. Each tunnel is about 400 metres long and will be lit during normal daylight hours.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 29 August, 2015   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 24 January, 2016
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Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1771 7200 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.6838N 1:44.1642W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1769 7201
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