Friday, 16 August 2013

The overgrown Godley turntable

Behind this fence is a former railway turntable on the Godley Junction to Apethorn railway line. The "Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC)" route opened in 1866.

I showed you the end of the line in my post of 9th August 2013.

Here is where trains heading for Fiddler's Ferry power station via Warrington Arpley would exchange locomotives. The whole point of the 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.

See how it looked in 2007 on Hyde Daily Photo Volume 1 and in 2010 on Hyde DP Xtra.

Another photograph of the overgrown turntable can be found on today's post at Hyde Daily Photo.

See how it looked in the days of steam on Old Hyde.

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