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WOODHEAD LAMENT 1948-1981
WOODHEAD LAMENT 1948-1981

WOODHEAD LAMENT 1948-1981

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 WOODHEAD LAMENT 1948-1981

We take perhaps the most thorough look yet at this once iconic 1,500v dc route across the Pennines between Manchester and Sheffield drawing from hundreds of previously unpublished photographs.
Inside we examine every one of both the Class 76s and 77s photographically covering many details, livery, numbering, naming, withdrawal and working variations, with even the EM2s on freight. The EF1 class of Bo-Bo banking locomotives are not forgotten either.
We have trawled through countless photographer's collections to reveal many scenes scarcely seen in print before now. Our story starts of course with Tommy in the Netherlands, then we follow the early days of the production locomotives from Gorton Works to firstly Ilford in Essex on test and back onto the Woodhead route proper. Likewise, the Class 77 Goddesses are covered one by one at work, rest and play. Background of their names and their naming are given along with a number of detail photographs for both classes.
Taking a tour of the route with stop offs as we would have done in our spotting days during the period covered to see some of the changes through the years, starting at Rotherwood, we visit the central Sheffield area around not only Victoria station, but Darnall, Woodburn and Tinsley too. Following the line west we visit Wadsley Bridge, Deepcar, Thurgoland, and Penistone before we catch the freight only section from Wath depot & yard. Here we visit Elsecar, Wombwell, Worsborough, West Silkstone, Oxspring and back to snowy Penistone to catch our breath and continue westwards once again via Hazelhead, Dunford Bridge, Woodhead Tunnel, Torside, Hadfield, Dinting including the shed in BR days, Mottram, Godley Junction, Guide Bridge, then a thorough tour of Reddish before a lingering look at Manchester London Road as it morphed into Piccadilly station during the 1960s.
Next, we enjoy a look at some the rail tours on the route from the earliest electric one we found in 1953 to the dying days.
Works visits are covered next with views of the Class 76 & 77 or EM1s & EM2s if you prefer at Gorton, Doncaster and Crewe.
Finally, we take a good look at their demise and scrapping with views at Crewe Works, Reddish, Booths and Vic Berry's.
Along the way we see the odd Class 04 and J11 steam locomotives even a Cravens DMU on test, not to mention many of the Class 506 EMUs through the years too.
All of these superb and historic photographs are backed up with detailed captions, surely a blockbuster and one not to miss.
256 Pages large format landscape illustrated throughout with black & white photographs and map HARDBACK

Model Rail March 2022 "Published late last year Kevin Derrick has curated an impressive landscape-format photo album, marking the 40th anniversary of the Woodhead line's closure in 1981. Concentrating on the electrified career of the trans-Pennine route, the book features over 250 pages, each containing a fascinating array of black and white images. The onus is on the locomotives (and multiple units) which plied the route from 1948 onwards, although the forbidding nature of the wild moorland landscape can still be appreciated in many of the photographs. Essential for anyone contemplating modelling this missing link between Manchester and Sheffield."
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ISBN: 9781913390082

Customer Reviews

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Richard Senior
Great addition to books on the Woodhead Line

Many still lament the closure of the Woodhead Line and this lovely book adds to the many books available on the subject. The photos are great and the coffee table size luxurious. Recommended.

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David Leonard
Woodhead reviewed.

I loved all the geographical infrastructure features and information given. It was very informative. To be honest there are too many pictures of each class 76. Given the pictures are black and white, and their basic design it is rather repetitive. I would have like to have seen extra information about after the line, both geographically and chronologically. For instance what happened to the coal workings to Fidlers Ferry after Manchester? Was the route fully electrified, or the motive power changed? Chronologically, taking the line up and the footpaths and cycleways being installed. Overall, really enjoyed it.

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Brian Battersby
Excellent book

Over the years I have purchased all of the Strathwood modern image series books. All have been of excellent quality with mainly previously unpublished photos. This book is no exception, it makes a great pictorial record of this wonderful much missed railway line and the amazing locomotives that were built to work on it.

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Lesoh
A sadly forgotten line.

An interesting portrayal of a railway which should never have closed. An out of date traction system,, certainly, it but could have been converted to 25kV ac (just like the Great Eastern to Shenfield - which I remember well) and provided a valuable rail (mainly freight) artery through the Pennines. Roads ?? Who needs them ??

A great "picture book" that is not technical but captures what the MSW was all about.

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Iain Pudney
Woodhead Wonder

An excellent book capturing the charm and innovation of the Woodhead Route through the years.

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