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Friday, 14 September 2012

Godley Turntable Revisited

Just like the trains now.. we wait ages for a picture of the turn table and then two turned up.


We recently showed another picture from around here and now we have Eric to thank for sending this one in... It shows how busy this junction must have once been.   "Enjoy"

8 comments:

Tom said...

Any more pictures of trains and our railways are always welcome. Or trucks and vans from local companies would be good.

theMEGLET said...

Beautiful picture, thanks.

Dave Williams said...

In the background are two of the EM1 Bo-Bo electric locomotives which were used to run services through the Woodhead tunnel to Sheffield. According to the Wikipedia article on Godley East railway station (yes, it actually says 'railway station', not 'train station') this was where "trains to and from the Liverpool district changed from diesel or steam to electric traction, and vice-versa." This suggests that the electrification of the line only ran as far as this turntable. Was this so, or does anyone recall that it ran any further?

waterman said...

Excellent picture also note the rolling fields prior to the building of Hattersley estate

Werneth Low said...

What a glorious photo this is. I seem to recall that the electrified line went to Glossop, or even Hadfield - not certain about that. Some of my school friends at Astley in the late 50s/early 60s used to travel by the electric train from Broadbottom to Newton and vice versa, and I also recall travelling to Sheffield Victoria from Guide Bridge, again on the electrified Woodhead line. So I don't think the electrification could have stopped at Godley East.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

The electrified line (1953 was the date I think) went via Hadfield and over Woodhead to Sheffield. It was the Godley to Apethorn line and the Cheshire lines (that ran to Fiddlers Ferry Power station which used coal from the Yorkshire coal fields) that were not electrified.

Jean said...
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Jean said...

Brilliant.