Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Hyde Junction


Prior to 1951, what is now known as Hyde North was Hyde Junction.

It was situated at the junction of the line going south through Hyde and to Hayfield and Macclesfield and the line going to Hadfield and Sheffield with a spur to Glossop, this line was later electrified 
but not the line through Hyde.As a passenger station it served only the line going south towards Hyde.

Although named Hyde and situated there [I think] it served the industrial district of Dukinfield rather than Hyde with such companies as Fletcher Miller and Adamsons.

The second photo[1968] shows the station buildings looking south to Hyde [is that St. Stephens in the background?]

 The third shows a diesel going towards Manchester having come from either Macclesfield or Hayfield [1970]

 The fourth, from 1948 shows a steam train[pre electrification] from Manchester London Road heading towards Hadfield/Glossop with Adamsons in the background.

 The final photo...all that I can say is that it looks ready for the Dr. Beeching axe!

Another excellent account supplied with wonderful photos sent to us by Graham Sharp !

Thank you very much & keep up the great work, Graham. :)


Anonymous said...

All goods traffic from Fletcher Millers and Adamsons was dealt with by Denton Goods Yard. Drivers delivering drums to Fletcher Millers use to get a penny for each drum transported on their wagons. This was saved until Christmas when the driver received one lump sum. Denton had the only crane in the area for lifting steel plate and heavy boilers.

Werneth Low said...

Thank you, Graham, for this fantastic set of photos. I must confess that I could never understand why Hyde North was there at all as far as passenger services were concerned. It used to annoy me no end that the trains had to stop there for little or no business when Hyde Central was a mere 2 minutes further down the line. That was long ago of course when I travelled by train to work at Gorton and later at Piccadilly. Today I'm even more baffled because of the presence of Flowery Field station which also serves the area and on a line with a more frequent service. Ah well, maybe the Village Hotel does well out of it!

It is St Stephen's church on the 2nd photo, but what a fantastic view of Adamson's on one of the others. More photos please.

Anonymous said...

When you say Adamsons, I assume that you mean Daniel Adamsons (visible in one of the photos) rather than Joseph Adamsons?

Daniel Adamsons had its own internal sidings, (served by a large gantry crane)with its own Sentinel steam shunting engine named Little Enoch, which I believe was new around 1945. When I was a toddler (around 1959-60), my grandfather used to take me to watch it shunting as part of a regular afternoon walk. It may only have been steamed once a week by then.

The sidings would have been taken out of use in the mid 1960s. Little Enoch remained out of use at the works for some time afterwards until it was scrapped.