SJ9694 : Inspection pit at Godley turntable

taken 8 years ago, near to Gee Cross, Tameside, England

Inspection pit at Godley turntable
Inspection pit at Godley turntable
Overgrown for many years, Sustrans volunteers are now cutting back the trees in order to expose the Godley turntable.
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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Geographical Context: Suburb, Urban fringe Railways Former: Railway Turntable
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SJ9694, 228 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Gerald England   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 20 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 24 April, 2016
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9649 9465 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.9161N 2:3.2590W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9650 9465
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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