© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
There was no particular purpose to this trip - just a day out
in the north-west, around Manchester.
We started at Greenfield, on the line to Diggle and Standedge
Tunnel. No Peaks around now - but a couple of 47s, including
none other than 47 401 "North Eastern", the original D1500 - plus
a couple of 37s on a freight and the by now ubiquitous 150/2s.
We moved over to Castleton, on the L&Y main line to Yorkshire.
We weren't expecting anything special, so, after a picture of a
150/2 arriving, we moved on.
The Bury electrics, the unique 1200v DC side-contact electrics,
were in their last years. Soon they would be withdrawn and the
route converted to "Metro". "We'd better get a few photos". The
bridge just along from Hagside level crossing proved ideal.
Just three or four miles away, we found a spot beside the
Manchester - Bolton line, near Kearsley, up above the power
station there. Just the one loco-hauled working passed through -
plus the usual array of multiple units, in this case with some
variety of type.
Heading south-westwards now, we called at Trafford Park to see
if anything was doing on the internal railway system. It wasn't -
we had to content ourselves with a couple of pictures of the
system's Hudswell Clarke diesel locos, stabled and awaiting duty.
Lastly, we called at Irlam viaduct, where the former CLC route
crosses the Manchester Ship Canal. As ever, the light was all
wrong... A few snaps of passing trains - as ever, the ones with
locos were going the wrong way. Time for home.