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WOODHEAD LAMENT 1948-1981
WOODHEAD LAMENT 1948-1981

WOODHEAD LAMENT 1948-1981

£39.95

Print runs are limited so be quick.

 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once iconic 1,500v dc route across the Pennines between Manchester and Sheffield drawing from hundreds of previously unpublished photographs.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


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David Railton

WOODHEAD LAMENT 1948-1981

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Stuart Hicks
Woodhead electric history

The variety of images of both the Woodhead locos (Classes 76 and 77) and route make this new Strathwood book memorable and a worthwhile purchase.

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Martin Perry
Lament at your peril!!

Generally loved the book although I'm not sure that the rigorous attempt to show a photo of each and every DC locomotive really added anything overall. I liked the working views more as they gave a better view of the traffic handled plus interesting views of all the major locations en-route.

Suffice it to say that I marvelled at the crass and appalling ease with which the whole system was trashed without any thought for the future. A complete electrified system gone in a blink of an eye. What would today's environmentalists have to say about that shameful piece of vandalism?

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Ian Warriner
Woodhead Lament

An excellent book well worth the wait , a few colour pictures would have been nice , otherwise we'll worth the price especially as its a limited run .😁

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Graham Court

My book hasn’t arrived yet unfortunately…!!

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