Saturday, 1 October 2016
Abandoned railway line
Beyond the bridge on Apethorn Lane the former railway line from Godley Junction to Apethorn lies totally abandoned. The "Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC)" route opened in 1866. Following the electrification of the Woodhead line in 1954 and until 1981 when the through route to Sheffield closed, the main traffic on the line consisted of trains from the Yorkshire coalfield to the Fiddlers Ferry power station. Most of former trackbed is now utilised by the Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Network Route #62 but this section joined the main line from Hyde to Woodley a few hundred yards beyond this point. Although completely blocked off by metal railings across the underneath of the bridge someone seems to have gained access as a few tyre tracks seem visible.
This is a contribution to the "Abandoned Theme" at City Daily Photoblogs. It may look as if I've abandoned most of my blogs as I am only posting spasmodically. For the last few months I've been busily pre-occupied with other matters and although I've taken a lot of photographs I haven't had the time to sort through them and post on a regular basis. Whether that changes soon remains to be seen.