Paths and Cycleways

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In listing railway lines that have been converted for recreational use, I feel it will be useful to create categories to indicate what remains of railway infrastructure.

A mix of structures, platforms, buildings and railway furniture (Signal posts, mile posts, gradient posts, signal posts, telegraph poles, etc.) still in situ at several locations.

Platforms and/or buildings extant at some or all locations.

Large quantity of railway furniture extant at several locations.

One or more notable structures extant (Viaduct, tunnel, etc.)

Platforms and/or buildings extant at one or few locations.

Small quantity of railway furniture extant.

Nothing to identify as an ex-railway except perhaps fencing of obviously railway origin.

Impossible to identify as an ex-railway without prior knowledge.

North West

Class 1:

Whaley Bridgeto Cromford (High Peak Junction) Four distinct sections, all dripping with railway history. Far more than could be explored in one day. Some parts of the northern section were closed as long ago as 1892, but can still be followed with ease.

Class 4:

Woodley (Apethorne Jn.) to Godley Jn. A short walk up a gentle incline from Apethorne Jn., this path forms a part of the Trans Pennine Trail linking Liverpool with Hull. The turntable pit at Godley Jn. is still in place and various items of railway furniture can be spotted in the undergrowth.

Railway pub signs of Britain

I am no expert on steam engines and can barely tell a Black 5 from a Merchant Navy! It would be appreciated if people contacted me and told me what engines are represented and whether anything is just plainly wrong about the signs. Is there a Midland engine pulling Gresley stock, or a GN engine shown outside a pub in Llandudno? Please let me know and help me to interpret these signs and explain their significance. If submitting a pub for inclusion, please let me know if the pub contains any railwayana or significant photographs.

Shunting Locomotives and Local Trip Notice

Many trip workings were driven by drivers who had some health issue. Most of them had to have a secondman to go on the main line and, as a consequence, I spent a disproportionate amount of my time working with them.

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