A treasure trove of 1960s footage showing steam workings over the Peak District from Derby to Manchester! Beginning with a journey from Derby to Wirksworth Quarry, we then take a detailed look at the Cromford and High Peak line, see J94s storming Hopton Incline and 8Fs in the snow at Buxton. Other highlights include a B1 at Parsley Hay, Buxton and Gowhole Yards and much more!
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The Midland Railway route from Derby to Manchester traversed the Peak District of limestone hills.
It was this limestone which produced much traffic for the railway, the ICI works around Buxton provided steam haulage up to 1968.
First there is an introduction to the route using the last steam hauled train over the entire route in 1968.
Beginning then at Derby we go north to Wirksworth and its quarry.
A detailed look at the Cromford and High Peak line, J94’s storming Hopton incline, even a B1 at Parsley Hay.
Steam around Rowsley where the long climb to Peak Forest begins.
Stop off at Millers Dale to see 58083 and 41905 on the service to Buxton.
8F’s in the snow at Buxton and Patriot 45522 puts in an appearance.
Peak Forest, Dove Holes and Chinley North and South Junctions.
Chinley with a Midland Spinner, absolutely unique film from 1980.
Buxton and Gowhole yards, New Mills and its branch through Birch Vale.
Bredbury, Woodley and down through Stockport Tiviot Dale.
Georges Road to Heaton Mersey, 1962 to 1968.
Then rejoin the Midland route at Cheadle Heath, Scot, 4F and 2-6-4 tanks, to journey via Didsbury and Chorlton to Manchester Central.
Once again this video covers an area in great detail and well filmed. A worthy successor to our earlier videos made south of Derby.