Monday, 22 July 2013


MR team assemble in the Peak sunshine

Friday July 19th: DBS 60040 The Territorial Army Centenary (formerly painted in Army red) passes Chinley station.

In the baking heat of an untypical Peak District summer, I met up with the rest of the Model Rail editorial team for a planning meeting in Chinley. Rendezvousing on the station, I arrived first and was treated to a number of Hope Valley expresses whizzing around the curves, along with a Class 60-hauled load of limestone from Tunstead to Northwich. After that, we mooched up to Chapel Milton to view the triangular junction that serves the remains of the former Midland Railway route to Peak Forest and thence to Derby.

Although Chinley station itself is but a shadow of its former self, the Hope Valley line remains busy, with regular express services operated by East Midlands Trains (Liverpool-Norwich) and Trans-Penine Express (Manchester-Cleethorpes) and Northern Rail local passenger services between Manchester and Sheffield. The freight originating from Dove Holes/Peak Forest, Tunstead, Hindlow and Earles Sidings/Hope, plus the regular 'bin liner' refuse trains sees DB Schenker and Freightliner locos thundering through the landscape.

Coupled with spectacular scenery, the location is well worth a visit. And, as we can now attest, there are also some cracking pubs in the vicinity...

A view from a hill: Looking north towards Glossop, the beauty of the area is obvious.
Chinley East Junction, with the line to Peak Forest and Tunstead emerging from the left. I tried hard to imagine this location in the glory days, but the remoteness of the surroundings and the odd DMU passing on the Hope Valley line makes it difficult!

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